The world wide web is filled with skis that claim to be “the best skis for park,” “the best skis for powder,” and “the best skis for after-dinner anecdotes.” It’s tempting of course, when faced with such a cacophony of plank-hype, to just bury your head in the snow and purchase the first skis you point at (obviously you’d need a spotter in this scenario to tell you which skis you’d pointed at, but let’s not get distracted).
What we’re trying to say is that buying skis, buying the powder skis that are right for you, can be a proper mind-melt. There’s so many things to consider, so so many, that people have been known to wake up in the middle of the night mumbling the benefits of twin rocker skis and talking up the virtues of a decent sidecut. Heck, it’s stressing us out just thinking about all the people out there right now who are getting stressed out thinking about which ski to buy. So. Much. Stress.
This, we’re delighted to tell you, is the point at the film in which Mpora flies down wearing a red cape and blue lycra bodysuit and saves the day. We don’t, you’ll be disappointed to hear, save the day by shooting lasers from our eyes or by throwing a firetruck into a burning building. We do it by presenting to you this list we’ve concocted. The list is entitled ’10 of the Best Skis For Powder’, and it goes a little something like this.
Black Crows – Anima Skis
The Black Crows Anima doesn’t mess about. It’s a ski with proper guts, a fierce and ferocious bruiser that somehow manages to moonlight as a beautiful ballet dancer. The Anima is, as the Black Crows website states, a ski that’s both animated and animalistic. It possesses crud-blasting power in the makeup of its construction, but also offers delicacy and paintbrush-esque manoeuvrability with its “receding sidecut” and double rocker profile.
Testers of these skis have described how clicking into the Animas is like catching up with an old friend, and feeling instantly at ease in their company. Whether this is down to the popping poplar core, the trustworthy bet-your-mortgage-on-it flex, or something else entirely unquantifiable; if you want your skis to respond to the mountain like a highly adaptable sentient being then a pair of these Black Crows might be what you’re after.
Bring on the pow!