The Elan Zest QT is a perfect ski for the true beginner or mellow intermediate that is looking for a ski that is loaded with technology that will allow you to improve quickly. Elan's Parabolic Rocker has a rockered tip and tail with a small amount of camber underfoot that will help you get your skis on edge, or allow you to skid turns with less effort to make the ski very easy for you to control. The Zest has Waveflex Technology that uses waves carved in the mid body of the ski to have a mellow longitudinal flex that will give you full edge contact, but a high torsional strength that will be smooth as you approach faster speeds. Elan's Dualite Wood Core with Fiberglass laminates, and a Full Power Cap Construction that gives the Zest that perfect mix of forgiveness that makes the ski easy to learn with, but enough control to allow you to challenge yourself with new terrain and more control that you have never had before. If you want a ski that will be easy to learn with, but will still be strong enough once you hit that solid intermediate level, the Elan Zest QT will make a great ski for you.