The Explore 4 from Elan is a great ski for the true beginner that is looking for a lightweight and forgiving ski to learn control and technique with. Early Rise Rocker has rocker in the tip that will make it easier for you to push out a snowplow, or if you can parallel turn already initiate turns faster. The Comprex Wood/Fiberglass Core is combined with a Full Power Cap Construction to give you one of the most forgiving skis that does not require very much technique or skill to make the ski turn when you need it to. If you are looking for a very mellow ski that will be easy to learn the basics with, the Elan Explore 4 makes a great option. [+]