The Alpina Control SE (Steel Edge) is a great choice for recreational and fitness-level skiers looking for a bit more control when the conditions are dicey. This ski had steel edges as well as a skin tech base for grip. As a result, the skis are very confidence-inspiring, giving the skier a ton of grip on the base as well as a more secure edge feel. For both sidehilling as well as descending, having that extra grip on the edge is a huge thing. The skins underfoot give you a ton of grip and versatility. Overall, this is an easy to use ski that has a ton of capabilities. Our testers loved the easygoing nature of the ski and see it as useful in a lot of different applications.