The Kore 97 W is ideal for advanced and expert skiers who appreciate precision and power, but don’t like sluggish skis. It excels on groomers and other smooth conditions, but it can serve as a capable off-piste ski since skiers with good technique will find it easy to shut down / pivot. It can also be really fun in chalk and slush, allowing both small and large turns, and feeling quite stable for its weight. The Kore 97 W, like the Kore 91 W, lacks the pop at the end of each turn that is characteristic of the Nordica Santa Ana skis, and the new Kore skis are also notably less stable in chop and firm crud. But if you like to ski hard with a dynamic light-on-your-feet style, the strong and nimble Kore 97 W could be your ski.