Skiers looking for effortless flotation and fun in the deep stuff should not look much further than the Elan Ripstick 116 skis. These powderhounds love to be in the fresh, and they have the shape, profile, and construction to back it up. At 116 underfoot, you're getting some good flotation just based off of the surface area, but Elan does a great job at adding a lot of the things that have made their other Ripstick skis so popular and fun over the past few years. Like the other skis in the Elan line, these have an amphibio rocker profile, that places the rocker on the outside edges while leaving the inside edges cambered for more control. The more playful outer edges make the ski able to pivot and smear a lot easier without altering the edge grip and control. Also, on the inside edges, Elan uses their carbon line technology that places an additional strip of carbon mesh on the inside edge of the ski. This stiffens that area of the ski and makes it a stronger carver, if you ever happen to take these things on firm snow. Really, it's all about having fun out there, and this is the ski to do it on in the right conditions for sure. More dramatic taper and rocker than the narrower versions of the Ripstick line, the 116 offers the best chance of pure flotation and powder fun.