The new K2 Secret Luv is an excellent choice for the athletic beginner to solid intermediate skier. Hybritech Sidewalls use a vertical sidewall on the majority of the ski that adds grip and stability on firm conditions, with a forgiving cap construction on the tip and tail. K2's Aspen Bio-Konic Core uses heavier Aspen Wood on the perimeter of the core and a lighter less dense wood in the center of the ski that adds a forgiving and easy to ski feel. The Stance Forward design has a moved up mounting point that gives the Secret Luv a women's specific design that helps women ski while using less energy. Catch Free Rocker has a small amount of rocker in the tip and tail that allows for easy skidding and sliding of turns that will help the new skier grasp the concepts of carving early in their skiing. If you are an athletic beginner to intermediate who want a great ski to learn and improve, shhhhh, it's the K2 Secret Luv.