Top Powder Skis 2013: Völkl Shiro
This ski floats like a butterfly and carves like a knife
What testers have loved most about the Shiro—unchanged from 2011-12—is its incredible versatility. It surfs over powder, crashes through crud and its full-contact carve handles hardpack with aplomb, making it the ultimate any line, anytime rockered powder ski. It's no surprise, then, that the Shiro is racking up awards like Shaun White at the X Games: Gold Medal Gear from SKI, Skier's Choice from Powder, Editor's Choice at OnTheSnow, Freeskier's Editor's Pick and, of course, Skiing's coveted Ski of the Year Award. "This is what a fat ski should be," Skiing gushes. "Click in and go get some."
Best For: Go everywhere versaility with TONS of float
Overall: 4.01 | Float: 4.23 | Stability: 4.19
Length (cm): 173, 183, 193, 203
Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 151-119-135
Buy It ($700 at backcountry.com)