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The Ski as it's simply known, from Scott Sports, was our 2013-14 season ski of the year in our on-snow test. The new sized model at 180 brings another dimension to the range - providing even more of a versatile tool for carving on piste and hitting the powder.

Level
Advanced
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Attacking the whole mountain whatever the conditions
Price
£500
lengths
155, 165, 175, 180, 185
Type
Ski
Off-piste
8
Low speed
8
Value
9
On-piste
9
High speed
9
Overall Score
9

This is a ski that seems to perform well everywhere without compromising anything along the way. Yes, there are some limitations - it's not a big mountain freeride ski or the best tool in the box for park skiing, but if you're looking for one sole arrow to fulfil all your snow requirements then it's certainly tough to better The Ski as an option.

'The edge hold is absolutely fantastic', commented our tester during his review in Kuhtai, Austria. 'They feel great at high speeds when carving on groomed slopes, but then take them off the sides into the choppy stuff and they drive through it like Pharrell Williams in his Happy video - they're that smooth'.

The Ski was born out of a concept developed in the 1970s by legendary Hot Dog skier Bobby Burns from Sun Valley Idaho. He made a ski that was suited specifically to varied terrain and bumps.

'I actually find them slightly stiff in the moguls,' said our tester. 'Although if you're a good skier, that's sometimes a bonus.'

They would suit instructors, advanced skiers who like to ski powder when it's available but normally ski groomed slopes, and also anyone considering buying just one ski to do it all.