Mama always said things earned were more satisfactory than things given, and in the spirit of Mama's advice, Fischer's offering up the Stella Alpina 88 Women's Ski. A touring ski made with ladies in mind, the Stella balances weight, stiffness, and stability, so you can zip up the skinner, mob down your line, pop back up, and do it again, in everything from boot top powder, to windbuff, to perfect corn. The secret ingredient is the Paulownia wood core, which has been milled to a honeycomb shape via Fischer's Air Tec process to reduce weight without compromising Paulownia's snappy, lively characteristics. Complementing the core's natural liveliness is a series of carbon fiber stringers, which give the Stella a playful amount of pop, and a thin Titanal laminate that provides a moderate amount of added stiffness, so you can ski hard without feeling unstable. Mama also said that if some is good, more is better, so Fischer also constructed the Stella with its Aeroshape design, which thickens the ski in the middle and tapers it towards the edges, increasing torsional stiffness so you don't feel squirrely when you're driving the Stella through turns. Thick ABS sidewalls direct more power into the edges and take hits without blowing up, and the flat tail and underfoot camber let you finish strong turns without feeling like you're risking washing out. Freeride Rocker a moderately raised tip smooths out rough snow and gives you a good amount of float, too, so you can handle pockets of fresh without wishing you brought your bigger boards.