2015 Völkl Aura ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s All-Mountain Back Category.

Sales in women’s freeride skis are climbing, and testers say the Aura hits the mark: “This has the perfect width underfoot for most days and a big sweet spot,” says Minneci. “Most women could consider this ski the ideal one-ski quiver.” The Aura received similar scores across all categories, with higher marks for playfulness and slightly lower in the carving category. For 2014/15, the redesigned Aura has a wider waist (132-100-118), early taper in the tip and full rocker—a gradual bend from tip to tail designed to add both maneuverability and edge grip. As always, the Aura has Völkl’s race-ski style construction, which includes two sheets of titanium, vertical sidewalls and an ultra light wood core. “This version of the Aura floats better than before, but takes more work to carve,” says Pugliese. “Best attribute: It’s pivoty and playful in bumps and chopped up powder.”