Line Skis Sir Francis Bacon, Not long ago, Line was a scrappy little ski maker focused on a small, steady trend of parksters who liked to ski backwards. Line still has the attention of the switch-riding crowd, but it’s also flagged down notice from nearly everybody else on the mountain. With the best graphics team in skiing, Line’s boards look better than all others. To go along with the looks, Line’s skis shred, even if you’re not one for riding switch. The Bacon has a tip whose early rise helps the big base (108 mm underfoot) stay nimble enough for trees and tight spots, while its full length can be easily employed when put on edge when flying a groomer. They’re light for the speed and stability they lend to their lucky owners, and, while they may look like a fat board, they’re a perfect one-ski quiver for Western resorts. Just know that when you need it, like when you get that 15-inch dump, the big geometry is there. And, yeah, they ride switch like no other, even if you only do it to coach your pizza-wedging five-year-old down a green monster. Ripping comes in all forms, remember, and some clichés always hold true: Bacon improves everything.