If you wanted life to be easy, you would have been an alpine skier, sitting in a $600 down jacket and riding lifts to the top of the hill. But what's fun about easy? You, instead, opted to wear paper-thin spandex in sub-zero temperatures and barf on yourself in pursuit of a few extra seconds. Luckily, you've got a trusty sidekick in this self-flagellation: the Salomon S-Lab Skate Cold ski, designed to excel on days when the snow is frozen solid and your nose is trying to run off your face and hide under your hat. The camber is specifically designed to perform in cold-snow conditions, thanks in part to the stiff Nomex honeycomb core, which is wrapped with a carbon fiberglass laminate and sandwiched between wood sidewalls, all designed to transfer every bit of energy you put into the ski into powerful forward momentum. It's also engineered to balance pressure evenly between the front and back of the ski, using a full-length carbon laminate to stiffen things up, keeping your foot off the ground as much as possible for improved glide, kick, and acceleration. All that technology is useless without a top-class base to turn energy into on-snow speed, so Salomon hooked the Skate Cold up with the G5 Zeolit cold base, a World Cup race base with an additive that offers top-level wax retention and glide in cold conditions, and is specifically structured for cold snow using Salomon's Digital Grinding Measurement system. And as a special treat, they send the Skate Cold out with a factory wax and protective foil covering, meaning all you have to do is peel off the foil and give your new skis a quick brush before hitting the trail and getting your suffer on.