Salomon keeps at the top of their field in whatever it is they decide to make, and have done for decades. A dedication to research and excellence is a company doctrine. The Gun is their wood-core big mountain skis and are super light and built for top performance in powder. Its 96mm under foot, so it’ll float through the flatter sections of pow in the Annupuri bowls, but is also sturdy enough to tackle the bumps and crud at speed. The twin tip is not always so handy in the backcountry elements, but if that’s how you roll, you may enjoy them for your showboating. The Gun is a great weapon of choice in Niseko. Available from Takiguchi Sports, Kutchan. Call: 013-622-0128. RRP: ¥75,000, on sale for ¥45,000.