The QST 85 from Salomon is a perfect ski for the beginner to strong intermediate skier that wants to progress their skills, and the type of terrain that they ski rapidly. An 85mm waist is very easy to shuffle around on the mountain while you are still learning, and will help give you smoother skiing when you encounter crud or variable snow conditions. Salomon's All-Terrain Rocker 2.0 Profile has a rockered tip that will engage the ski into a turn easier, keep you stable in the middle of a turn, and release you from a turn with little effort. A Power Transfer Platform uses a Titanium insert underneath the binding platform that keeps the center of the ski rigid, while the tips and tails are still forgiving and easy to manipulate into turn, while using less energy. The QST 85 uses a Semi-Sandwich Construction that has a Cap Construction in the tip and tail for easy maneuvering and forgiveness, with a sidewall underfoot that provides a grip on the snow when conditions get firm. If you are a progressing skier that wants to have a ski that will help you tackle more challenging terrain, the QST 85 is the ski for you.