Designed at the foot of SilverStar Mountain Resort, the Skevik Sevrin is made for skiing from the steeps of Putnam Creek to laying trenches on the Silver Woods groomers. A maple wood core runs right to the sidewall, and is sandwiched with triaxial fibreglass on top and carbon fibre on the bottom. Add them up, include a 96mm waist and a touch of tip and tail rocker, and the Sevrin has lots of pop and plenty of stiffness for seamless transitions between groomers, bumps, steeps and powder. ($795; skevikskis.com)
$795 * BEST FOR: Taking your skiing into double-diamond terrain.
LENGTHS: 164, 172, 180 * RADIUS: 18.5@172 * SIDECUT: 127/96/118
A versatile tool for variable conditions, the Sevrin’s 96mm waist is the generally accepted gold standard for a one-ski quiver in the Okanagan, where it was designed. Full camber underfoot and a laminated maple core give it enough pop and circumstance to lock into a carve in firm snow. And it’s light enough that schlepping it up a bootpack won’t crush upward momentum. “This is a very light ski that delivers surprisingly well when challenged anywhere on the mountain,” Paul Cunnius reported after taking it for a rip at Lake Louise. No surprise for a micro-brand better known for making powder and freeride skis, the Sevrin has a taste for the soft stuff. “Make a point of looking for loose snow, crud, tree challenges and you have an ally always ready to help with the ride,” Cunnius continued. Without metal or carbon fibre in the build, the Sevrin has a playfulness and approachability that makes it a solid choice for improving intermediates and advanced skiers.