The Faction Candide 3.0 was one of my favorite skis at Powder Week this year. I usually live in the 98- to 105-millimeter underfoot range, but the Candide 3.0, at 108 underfoot, skis narrower and was perfect in not-so-fresh powder and chalky buff off the Challenger lift. At a 108, the Candide 3.0 still packs enough ski for bigger storm days, too.
The 176-millimeter length is my ideal size for every day in or out of bounds. I trust this Faction ski in any condition. While following a local off the Big Sky tram down the icy and semi-sketchy surface of Otter Slide, I confidently took the Candide 3.0 straight down the fall line for thousands of meters of unrelenting vertical.
They carved on buffed chalk, popped around bumps, plowed through chopped up powder and railed at speed thanks to an all-purpose profile with very minimal camber underfoot, rockered tip and tail, 22-meter turn radius, and a wood core with titanal metal under the binding. High speed GS turns are so much fun on this ski whether it’s on corduroy or off-piste.
Surprisingly this ski comes in at a relatively light weight, allowing it to serve as a touring ski option as well as the in bounds all-mountain charger that I would use it for. My knees were thankful for the low weight of these skis, even though they are on the wider end of the spectrum. For a playful ski that can do just about anything, the Faction Candide 3.0 will serve you well. —Lyndsay Strange