Elan have a long history of making skis from their base in Slovenia, although they might not be so well known to UK skiers. This is the first time our team at Snow Magazine has had the opportunity to review Elan extensively during our annual ski test and results have been extremely positive across the board - the Amphibio 16's being no exception.
We have placed the Amphibio 16's in the 'All Mountain' category, but let's be clear, they feel more at home on groomed slopes than anywhere else. Super responsive, playful, quick, easy to turn and fantastic edge grip are just some of the words used by our test team to describe the Amphibio 16's performance on the groomers.
At really high speeds they tend to rattle a little which lost a few points on the stability score and dragged the overall score down, but this is a small price to pay when you have such a fun and zippy piste machine offering turns galore at your mercy.
Considering their width (73mm under foot), float in deeper snow is good but they feel weaker in choppy, shallow powder snow where they struggle to power through the crud.
A solid advanced to expert skier searching for a high-end piste ski with a little versatility will find the Amphibio 16's to be a good bet, they would make great instructor skis too.