Pg. 097 Guide to Bet­ter Ski­ing

Chill Factor - - Introduction -

Skis for Aus­tralia, skis for pow­der, skis for kids

SKIS – OUR PICK FOR HERE AT HOME AND THE DREAM BIG-MOUN­TAIN POW­DER TRIP.

KIDS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN CHOOS­ING THE BEST SKI FOR YOUR RIP­PING GROM.

OUT­ER­WEAR – FUNC­TION, COM­FORT AND FASH­ION FOR ALL CON­DI­TIONS.

HEL­METS – NEW TECH­NOL­OGY THAT WILL PRO­TECT YOUR NOG­GIN.

SWEAT EQ­UITY – THREE DIF­FER­ENT PLAY­ERS IN THE AUS­TRALIAN SNOW IN­DUS­TRY.

Noth­ing beats ski­ing at home in Aus­tralia. We’ve got it all: steeps, flats, hard packed, groomed cor­duroy, bumps, jumps, tree ski­ing. And we get it all too: pow to slush and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. And we of­ten get it all in a sin­gle day. Most of us can only af­ford one pair of skis, so you need a ski that makes the most of the moun­tain, some­thing that will al­low you to make the best of the day – what­ever the day.

K2

Pin­na­cle 88

Di­men­sions: 128-88-110 Lengths: 170, 177, 184

RRP: $949

This ski has a ta­pered tip, cam­ber un­der­foot and a small tail rocker to make the skis more man­age­able. K2’s own fir-nano­lite core, a mix­ture of two woods, along with a solid metal lam­i­nate, pro­vide a re­ally strong and ten­sion­ally stiff ski. De­signed as a 50/50 ski for on and off piste this does it all and has enough width and tip rise

for those fresh snow days.

ELAN

Am­phibio 84XTI

Di­men­sions: 131-84-112 Lengths: 164, 170, 176, 182 RRP: $1,249 (inc. ELX Bind­ing) The Elan Am­phibio 84XTI is an ag­gres­sive and nim­ble ski for strong skiers look­ing for the ul­ti­mate in ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and sta­bil­ity. Dual shaped ti­ta­nium in con­junc­tion with the power wood core is pow­er­ful enough to charge down the frontside of the moun­tain. Elan’s new Am­phibio 4D tech­nol­ogy re­duces vi­bra­tions by 30 per cent by hav­ing ti­ta­nium shaped into a con­vex tip, and

con­cave tail.

FAC­TION

Prodigy

Di­men­sions: 126-96-116 Lengths: 168, 174, 178, 184

RRP: $1,099

The Prodigy is an ideal tool for all sit­u­a­tions. Whether you find your­self cruis­ing the piste, snaking through moguls, get­ting face shots in fresh snow or dab­bling in the park, the Prodigy han­dles it all. How do they

get such ver­sa­til­ity? Through a com­bi­na­tion of de­sign fea­tures; STP tech­nol­ogy adds tor­sional stiff­ness and edge grip on hard pack and piste, the 98mm waist with rocker in the tip and tail makes it play­ful, easy to turn and still float through the pow­der – this ski

ex­cels at it all.

KASTLE

FX95 HP

Di­men­sions: 126-95-115 Lengths: 165,173,181,189

RRP: $1279 Frontside or back­side, on-piste or off, the pow­er­ful FX95 HP is as ver­sa­tile as the sea­son is long, with two sheets of ti­ta­nium for those need­ing that lit­tle ex­tra snap. A go any­where, any time ski,

on or off the groomed.

VOLKL

Kendo

Di­men­sions: 127–90–110 Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184

RRP: $1099

The to­tally re­worked Kendo ful­fills all re­quire­ments for a per­fect on and off-piste tool. The Kendo now comes with

a new shape, tip and tail rocker and mod­er­ate ta­per con­struc­tion for best sta­bil­ity and max­i­mum power. Per­fect for the vary­ing con­di­tions we get in our

re­sorts each win­ter.

AR­MADA

ARW 86

Di­men­sion: 115-86-109 Lengths: 163, 170

RRP: $799.99

This is the new im­proved re­place­ment ski for Ar­mada’s long run­ning ARW ski. It’s lit­tle wider than the pre­vi­ous model and the ad­di­tion of tip and tail rocker re­ally adds to this ski’s al­ready great all-moun­tain per­for­mance.

This has been done with­out com­pro­mis­ing its fa­mous park/pipe

sta­tus ei­ther so it’s a win win!

BLACK CROWS

Camox Birdie

Di­men­sion: 125-97-112 Lengths: 165.2, 174.6

RRP: TBA

The Camox Birdie is a ski that max­imises en­joy­ment what­ever the con­di­tions, from pow­der to spring slush. The dou­ble rocker shape gives the Camox Birdie greater ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in soft snow and su­pe­rior con­trol in dif­fi­cult snow con­di­tions. Un­der the foot, a mild cam­ber shape gives good bite on hard snow and

sta­bil­ity at speed.

DYNASTAR

Glory 89

Di­men­sion: 125-88-109 Lengths: 159, 166, 173 RRP: $1,099 (inc. bind­ing) The Glory 89 is a beau­ti­fully bal­anced blend of play­ful­ness, ver­sa­til­ity, and power de­signed for ad­vanced to ex­pert skiers. The freeride-in­spired, five-point side cut com­bines with all-moun­tain tip and tail rocker pro­vid­ing a

huge sweet spot for smooth turn ini­ti­a­tion and fun, quick­piv­ot­ing con­trol across all ter­rain

and snow con­di­tions.

ELAN

Twi­light 84QT

Di­men­sion: 124-84-110 Lengths: 150, 159, 166 RRP: $799 (inc ELW 9 bind­ing) The Twi­light 84 is the per­fect ski for the in­ter­me­di­ate to ad­vanced skier that will spend time ski­ing on trail or off trail. The early rise rocker pro­file has rocker in the tip with cam­ber un­der­foot. This rocker pro­file is ver­sa­tile enough to keep you float­ing in pow­der, and ease turn ini­ti­a­tion, while the cam­ber un­der­foot will pro­vide you with edge grip and sta­bil­ity

on the firm snow.

K2

Al­lu­vit 88

Di­men­sion: 128-88-110 Lengths: 156, 163, 170

RRP: $949

This ski is the to­tal pack­age for women look­ing for an all-moun­tain ski. The 88mm waist pro­vides flota­tion in the fresh snow, carves nicely on the groomers, and zips down

through the bumps. The BioFlex Konic Nano­lite Core

has a women’s spe­cific flex pat­tern that is lightweight on the feet, sta­ble at high speeds.

FAC­TION

Hero­ine

Di­men­sion: 120-90-110 Lengths: 154, 158, 162, 168

RRP: $899 Go ev­ery­where on the Hero­ine. Take it up to the top of the moun­tain in the morn­ing, dab­ble in the park at lunch, and cruise the lower pistes in the af­ter­noon. With a 90mm waist, rock­ered tip and tail and cam­ber un­der­foot, the Hero­ine is com­fort­able on all ter­rain. Up­dated for 16/17 with a 200mm tip rocker, 2mm cam­ber

and 100mm rocker in the tail.

KASTLE

LX82

Di­men­sion: 127-82-109 Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180

RRP: $979

Very light ski and ver­sa­tile in all con­di­tions and a great ski

for the ad­vanced to ex­pert skier. Very smooth for fast the groomed runs and has enough tip and waist width for trick­ier

off piste con­di­tions.

ROXY

Dream Catcher 85

Di­men­sion: 130-85-115 Lengths: 154, 162, 172 RRP: $949 (inc. bind­ing) The Dream Catcher en­ables in­ter­me­di­ate skiers to rise to the chal­lenge of kick­ing the moun­tain. Ac­tive Tip Rocker and an easy-to-carve side cut pro­file with catch-free edges makes the 85 ef­fort­less to ski. If you are look­ing for­ward to ven­tur­ing into pow­der and tight tree lines, the Dream­catcher is your per­fect moun­tain part­ner.

VOLKL

Kenja

Di­men­sion: 127–90-110 Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170

RRP: $1,099

The to­tally re­worked Kenja ful­fills all re­quire­ments for a per­fect on and off piste tool. The new Kenja comes with a wider waist, early ta­per in the tip, and tip and tail rocker. It all comes to­gether for a great all-round ski with edge grip and sta­bil­ity on piste while the tip rocker and wider girth han­dle

softer now off piste.

FAC­TION

Can­dide 3.0

Di­men­sion: 136-108-132 Lengths: 176, 182,

186, 192

RRP: $1,149.00

Can­dide’s all-moun­tain tool re­turns with sig­nif­i­cant up­dates, like the ad­di­tion of slight cam­ber un­der­foot to add sta­bil­ity and power on straight lines and tighter, more tech­ni­cal zones.

Bol­stered by its lightweight balsa/flax core, the 3.0’s newly in­creased side cut of 22 me­ters is smooth

while re­main­ing ma­noevrable due to the sig­nif­i­cant tip-and­tail rocker. Also avail­able is the CT 4.0 with a 118mm waist.

KASTLE

BMX 115

Di­men­sion: 141-115-130 Lengths: 177, 185,

193

RRP: $1249 Cam­bered slight rock­ered ski that

will han­dle all con­di­tions but rips in the pow. Stood out in Ja­pan this sea­son.

LINE

Mor­da­cai

Di­men­sion: 141-114-138 Lengths: 179, 186,

190

RRP: $1149.00

One of Eric Pol­lard’s sig­na­ture skis, the Morde­cai is for those who choose a wider plat­form ski to slash, but­ter, spin and float through

pow­der and crud all around the moun­tain. Fea­tur­ing the very light Partly Cloudy Core and Thin Tip con­struc­tion for less weight and more sta­bil­ity in a

sleek pro­file.

VOLKL

CON­FES­SION

Di­men­sion: 144–117-133 Lengths: 179, 186,

193

RRP: $1199

The Volkl Con­fes­sion is a full

re­design of the Freeride team ski with a Multi Layer wood­core, Ti­tanal band and Car­bon stringer. Fea­tur­ing tip and tail rocker and cam­ber un­der foot this is a true big moun­tain ski with all the highspeed per­for­mance but still ag­ile and dy­namic in the

tight bits.

AR­MADA

JJ 2.0

Di­men­sion: 131-138-117-134127 Lengths: 165, 175,

185, 195 RRP: $1099.99 Does this ski need in­tro­duc­tion? Ar­mada has helped pi­o­neer the ta­pered/rock­ered tip and tail ski with their elf shoe tech­nol­ogy.

This is the ski that started it all off all those years ago and brought this amaz­ing soft snow tech­nol­ogy to the main stream.

Dom­i­nate any pow­der lines with

th­ese weapons.

BLACK CROWS

Nocta

Di­men­sion: 146-125-140 Lengths: 178.1,

188.2

RRP: TBA The Nocta is for the skier who never misses a pow­der day and who lives to surf down the moun­tain. Its dou­ble rocker shape gives the Nocta air its sur­flike feel­ing in soft snow and su­pe­rior con­trol in dif­fi­cult snow con­di­tions.

While un­der the foot, a mild cam­ber shape gives good bite on hard snow and sta­bil­ity

at speed.

DYNASTAR

Cham 2.0 117

Di­men­sion: 147-117-127 Lengths: 180, 190

RRP: $1199 The Cham 2.0 117 strikes the per­fect bal­ance be­tween deep snow float and all-con­di­tions ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. Sport­ing a new rocker treat­ment for this sea­son with a more pro­gres­sive tip and added tail rocker to make it a more ver­sa­tile tool with­out sac­ri­fic­ing sta­bil­ity. Mod­er­ate

clas­sic cam­ber un­der­foot gives you great edge-hold on the hard stuff, and the sharply ta­pered tail lets you change

up your turn ra­dius in a hurry.

ELAN

Rip­stick116

Di­men­sion: 143-116-132 Lengths: 185, 193

RRP: $1149 A hard charg­ing big moun­tain freeride ski that’s sturdy, yet re­spon­sive, for top-to-bot­tom

moun­tain ex­plor­ing. With Am­phibio pro­file for ex­cep­tional ma­neu­ver­abil­ity and con­fi­dence at speed, the Rip­stick 116 is de­signed for the deep snow days we all seek. Th­ese skis cut through wind­blown, crud and cut up junk with ease due to the di­rect power trans­mis­sion of SST side­wall tech­nol­ogy.

Sam Leitch, throw­ing down a solid slash at Hotham. Contemporary ski de­sign

makes the en­tire moun­tain a fun play­ground. Photo: Dan Burke

AR­MADA

ARV 96

Di­men­sion: 126-96-118 L Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 18

RRP: $899.99

Why it is per­fect for this cat­e­gory: The new gen­er­a­tion of Ar­mada’s long run­ning ARV ski. New and im­proved, the ARV 96 not only has rocker in the tip, but also a lit­tle in the tail adding ver­sa­til­ity in soft and vari­able snow with­out com­pro­mis­ing firmer snow sta­bil­ity. The Ti­tanal al­loy has been re­moved, re­duc­ing the weight and in­creas­ing the live­li­ness of the ski mak­ing this the per­fect choice to tear up any ter­rain parks you

meet along the way too.

BLACK CROWS

Camox

Di­men­sion: 130-97-115 Lengths: 174.6, 181.2, 186.1

RRP: TBA

The Camox is for the guy who is look­ing for an all moun­tain ski that max­imises en­joy­ment what­ever the con­di­tions, from all morn­ing pow­der to spring slush. With a po­plar wood core laced with Kevlar stripes, the new Camox has a for­giv­ing yet re­spon­sive flex pat­tern, while its spoon-shaped nose gives you im­pres­sive float in pow­der and crud. Yet with a dual side-cut and a 97mm width un­der­foot, tilt it over on the groomers and you will find an uber re­spon­sive ski that holds a

re­mark­able rail through the turn.

DYNASTAR

Pow­er­track 89

Di­men­sions: 126/89/110 Lengths: 165-172-179-186

RRP: $1,249 (inc. bind­ing)

The Pow­er­track 89 com­bines the best el­e­ments of mod­ern freeride and all-moun­tain ski de­sign, this break­through new one-ski-quiver pro­vides a huge sweet spot, keep­ing you firmly bal­anced in the driver’s seat across all ter­rain and snow con­di­tions. Mod­er­ate tip and tail rocker pro­vides ef­fort­less bal­ance, float, and con­trol through vari­able snow, while tra­di­tional

cam­ber un­der­foot re­tains the power, en­ergy, and edge grip for

solid hard-snow per­for­mance.

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