Round 1 – Powder Selection, Pick 7The Shiro, Volkl’s newest big mountain wood-core plank, is the most adaptable ski I’ve ever been on, whether in powder, chop, crud or firm snow. That’s a result of the ski’s Extended Low Profile full rocker technology, which matches flex and sidecut with the gradual bend in the profile. In other words, there’s no camber, but rather a very subtle U-shape from tip to tail, where the point of contact extends depending on how far over you set an edge. I was able to lay surprisingly carvy turns on the groomer down to Jackson Hole’s Sublette Chair. Then I hiked up the Headwall to drop into Granite Canyon. At 119mm underfoot and with full rocker, they were floaty and powerful in deep powder. Then, with the snow windbuffed and chalky, I skied the fastest Mile Long lap of my life. The 45-minute sidestep traverse out of Granite Canyon? Not quite as smooth.
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