Dynafit created the Grand Teton ski in memory of influential ski mountaineer Steve Romeo--with its near-perfect balance of weight and power, this is a touring ski he would have loved. Truly, a refined and renamed version of last year's Stoke touring ski, the Grand Teton takes the effort out of ascending, and descending with this stick is just as easy. A single Grand Teton ski weighs just 1550 grams (less than 3. 5 pounds), mostly thanks to the lightweight construction along with three types of wood and carbon stringers at its core. Less weight means less energy wasted on the way up, and less ski to push around on the way down. The wood gives this ski a traditional, consistent feeling underfoot in the best of conditions, and carbon solves the ever-present problem of quieting ski chatter when you're faced with choppy snow, hardened corn, or sun-baked, high-speed traverses. For the mountaineer, this versatility is a welcome addition to any kit. Although Dynafit is a brand firmly planted in the earn-your-turns mentality (the ascent), the Grand Teton is a ski that will plaster a grin on your face the moment you start your descent. To help you crush deep days and manage tight terrain equally, Dynafit's engineers gave this ski a long, rockered tip and a wide tail, dual-radius sidecut, and they kept the swing weight low. You stay on top of the powder, fast direction changes are never a problem, and you can drive an edge whether you're dicing up a chute or mashing the throttle in wide-open face. Among Dynafit's Freeride touring skis, the Grand Teton is positioned between the Manaslu and Huascaran. The Grand Teton is heavier and fatter than the Manaslu but lighter and slightly skinnier underfoot than the Huascaran. All three skis share the same Scoop Rocker technology, but only the Grand Teton features both a full sidewall construction and carbon stringers at the core. For ski touring in mixed, aggressive terrain, the Grand Teton offers the most balanced ride quality o...