The Elan Explore 8 is an excellent ski for the true beginner to mellow intermediate skier looking for a very lightweight and easy to control ski. Elan's WaveFlex Technology has waves that run down the topsheet of the ski that creates a smooth longitudinal flex with a high torsional strength. A Dual Woodcore will keep you nice and stable once you start to challenge yourself and pick up some speed, while being forgiving enough for the true beginner to snowplow. Parabolic Rocker provides easy turn initiation at low edge angles with full edge contact that will help you learn how to carve. If you want an economical ski that will be a perfect first step, the Elan Explore 8 will be a great ski for you.