If anyone's going to shake up the piste category then you'd probably bet on K2 to be the ones to do it. The Disruption family claims to be "the new standard in high-speed piste performance" with the Disruption SC being described as the 'gateway' to this addiction.
To consider the Disruption SC as a mere 'gateway' - or entry-level ski - is somewhat of a disservice. Having said that it does sit at an accessible price point, and it is a ski that will appeal to a wide range of skiers.
Aimed at intermediates who are looking to nail down their carving technique, the ski actually seems to straddle a huge range of abilities. While it encourages carving without punishing poor technique, 'forgiving' might be the wrong word; it's more in the mould of the cool young teacher rather than the stern headmaster. But it's not for kindergarteners.
It's a model designed for short turns and agility at high speed and utilises a carbon-based construction rather than the titanal of the stiffer Mti variant. For this reason, it ought to feel less solid at speed in comparison with the Mti, but the Disruption SC arguably feels better in long turns, and in general, the piste performance is superb.
Maybe they just suit this reviewer's style, but the carbon adds a feeling of latent energy pulsating beneath your feet and you know you can turn on a sixpence if required. Short turns are fun and effortless, with the flex bouncing you from left to right.
As is so often the case, K2 has found a high level of performance while sidestepping that stern, earnest requirement for disciplined technique. Nobody marries performance and fun quite like K2, and the Disruption SC brings that to the piste in spades, and for good value.
Buy K2 Disruption SC Skis: £565 at Ellis Brigham