One of the first things that became apparent to me was that Timbersled’s front ski technology has evolved drastically in half a decade. The hard-plastic front skis have become wider (the current Timbersled front setup is 10 inches wide), and they also feature a series of three distinct “keels” on the bottom—two outers and one center—that help the front end to bite. The steering effort on these new skis is very light and easy, much like how a normal dirt bike feels (older-generation flat skis had a very vague feel to them). The center keel is also taller so that when riding on hard-packed snow, you’re just riding on the center and aren’t fighting the entire width of the ski (in powder, all three keels engage). I was very pleased with the predictability of the front end of the Timbersled I rode, which allowed me to charge into fluffy powder turns with much greater confidence than I remember. Even on ice, the front ski hooks up because each keel has a biting, metal edge on each side, so you essentially have six sharp edges available to you to help grab traction.