Pg. 097 Guide to Better Skiing
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.
Dimensions: 128-88-110 Lengths: 170, 177, 184
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.
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
Dimensions: 126-96-116 Lengths: 168, 174, 178, 184
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.
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.
Dimensions: 127–90–110 Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184
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.
Dimension: 115-86-109 Lengths: 163, 170
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!
Dimension: 125-97-112 Lengths: 165.2, 174.6
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.
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.
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.
Dimension: 128-88-110 Lengths: 156, 163, 170
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.
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.
Dimension: 127-82-109 Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180
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.
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.
Dimension: 127–90-110 Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170
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.
Dimension: 136-108-132 Lengths: 176, 182,
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.
Dimension: 141-115-130 Lengths: 177, 185,
RRP: $1249 Cambered slight rockered ski that
will handle all conditions but rips in the pow. Stood out in Japan this season.
Dimension: 141-114-138 Lengths: 179, 186,
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
Dimension: 144–117-133 Lengths: 179, 186,
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
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
Dimension: 146-125-140 Lengths: 178.1,
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
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.
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
Dimension: 126-96-118 L Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 18
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.
Dimension: 130-97-115 Lengths: 174.6, 181.2, 186.1
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.
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.