"The 2008 Elan 999 is a soft snow slayer with the girth--and the heft--to plow through anything on the mountain. At 99mm underfoot and sporting a generous 31-meter turn radius, this thing was made to haul down steep faces covered in deep snow. The wood core is damp and lively, while providing a user-friendly medium-stiff flex that can withstand aggressive skiing at reckless speeds without feeling too demanding. And the topsheet has a wood grain, if that is the kind of thing you are in to. So, if you like straight-lining down big mountains, the Elan 999 will be your weapon of choice."