While manufacturers wintersports-wide are making laudable efforts to help us shred more lightly on the land, Grown is streets ahead. This award-winning, nonprofit ‘outdoor creativity lab’ pioneers a radical approach to methods and materials that results in beautiful skis with up to 47 percent lower environmental footprints than conventional models. And they ride like a dream. TheOnly XL is Grown’s all-rounder, a beast on the piste thanks to its tidy sidecut, but happiest freeriding, when its width and weight make light work of backcountry conditions. In cherry or walnut wood with a basalt rock fibre core, this crush will last many seasons.