No matter where or how far you range, the Icelantic Vanguard Skis are the backcountry tool to accomplish any mission. New this year and made to Icelantic's exacting manufacturing standards in good ol' Denver, the Vanguard has an Ochroma wood core for weight savings. Early rise tip for control and float in softer and broken snow meets a flat tail for utility in the high mountain as well as power in firmer conditions. The Vanguard was made with the reality of backcountry riding you spend a lot of time going up, but the ride down should still plaster an outrageous 5 year old on christmas grin to your face. Get up to get down, and see the difference with this lightweight but stable ski this year.