The Anima, Black Crows big-mountain charging, pow-stash slaying, best-day-making powder ski, is a new animal for the 2020-21 season. The wild Frenchmen from Chamonix have given the ski a few updates to make it better than ever...and thats saying a lot. They lengthened the tails (think less rocker), extended the side lines, enlarged the tips, and refined the Animas flex. The goal? More reliable and consistent performance in hard and mixed snow plus a smoother feel everywhere. Like so many French things, this new Anima is refined. Its chic. And it soars whether youre heli skiing in British Columbia, rampaging in Chamonix, getting pitted in Japan, or dropping Corbets in Jackson. While athletic and motivated intermediates can absolutely handle the Anima, it is worth noting that these skis flex stiffer than many playful powder skis out there. We wouldnt call them expert skis exclusively, but they do like to be driven. So if you want a ski you can count on for the best days of your season, reach for the Anima. Similar skis: Salomon QST 118, Moment Wildcat, Icelantic Nomad 115.