The new Salomon Astra is a great ski for the intermediate to advanced skier looking for a lightweight ski that likes to make short to medium radius turns on the groomers. A layer of Basalt sits above the Full Wood Core that increases the stability for skiing faster or powering through variable snow conditions. The 78mm waist is very quick edge to edge, and will improve your skiing through less than desirable snow conditions. The Astra is made with a Semi-Sandwich Construction that has a Monocoque Cap Construction in the tips and tails that improves the maneuverability and forgiveness, with a vertical sidewall underneath the binding that improves the edge grip on firm snow. Salomon's Comfortech Technology absorbs vibrations before they reach for feet for smoother, more comfortable skiing. The Control Frame Construction has a unique 3D Shape with specific grip zones that improve your edge hold for better carving. The Carve Rocker of the Astra has a small amount of tip rocker that will allow you to initiate turns faster than ever before, while the traditional camber underfoot will provide you with additional stability and rebound. If you want a ski that will be easy to turn, lightweight and stable, the Salomon Astra is a great ski for you.