ELAN M 777
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ELAN M 777
These all-mountain alpine skis cater to intermediates and and experts.

ELAN M 777
A stiff, rounded ski more suitable for expert skiers than intermediate skiers. For speed and edge, the 777 would be Agent 007’s choice. $850. (800) 950-8900, www.snowbizusa.com.

Text by Scott Doggett (Eric Boyd / LAT)
SALOMON SCRAMBLER 8 PILOT
SALOMON SCRAMBLER 8 PILOT
The super-wide tip and tail allowed easy turning on groomed and shallow powder (on par with the Head skis), and also glided superbly in calf-high powder. $845 with bindings. (800) 225-6850, www.salomonski.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
HEAD i.XRC 1100 CHIP SUPER RAILFLEX II
HEAD i.XRC 1100 CHIP SUPER RAILFLEX II
A soft, round, flexing ski that’s very versatile. It held like a race ski on hard pack, yet carved wide, graceful turns on groomed slopes and shallow powder. $915. (800) 874-3236, www.head.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
VÖLKL SUPERSPORT 5 STAR
VÖLKL SUPERSPORT 5 STAR
Minimal flex, extraordinary grip in turns and immediate responsiveness make this a high-skill performance product. Definitely not for the faint of heart. $985 with bindings. (603) 298-0314, www.volkl.com(Eric Boyd / LAT)
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