Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.80 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.88 / 5
Crud performance: 3.18 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.19 / 5
Hard-charging East Coasters will enjoy the Watea 78, which has a stiff wood core for blasting through crud and a shapely sidecut for ripping up groomers.
Buttery, consistent flex and steadiness at high speeds.
Not an out-of-the-box favorite; testers said it took a few turns to find its sweet spot.
"A powerful ski with a lot of oomph." -Charlotte Moats