2011 Stockli Laser SC Ski
|Lengths||149, 156, 163, 170, 177|
|Turn Radius||14.8m @ 170cm.|
|Core Material||Laminated fiberglass|
|Recommended Use||Frontside groomers|
Stockli Laser SC; 63mm underfoot, the most hard-snow oriented carver in the Stockli lineup. This ski has the titanal midsection support, fairly short turn radius. Tested in 163cm.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
As luck would have it, the skies opened up right as I hit the hill with this ski, and quickly, I was skiing a couple of inches of new snow. First run was in soft bumps and tight trees. This ski is a hoot: so agile, so precise, tons of power, and is a carving machine. When the snow got deeper (pockets of 4-6 inches) this ski just blasted through the new snow, as if it weren't even there. Float wasn't great, but float isn't a huge issue in only a couple of inches. It was an easy ski to handle in the bumps; very predictable, and not overly stiff. Once back on the groomers, I was ripping it hard edge to edge, and felt like a rock star on this ski. In that little skiff of snow, it just seemed to load up even more on the tail, and blast out of the turn. Also, this ski was very forgiving: maybe more forgiving than the CX or SX were, for some reason. It may have been the shorter length. Edge grip (as far as I could tell, the snow was pretty soft) isn't going to be an issue on this ski. It was quite damp, but had more energy than the others, again likely due to the short length. I would imagine the SC gets overlooked due to the narrow waist, but if you are skiing frontside conditions, it was perhaps the best pure carver I tested.
All the performance of a slalom race ski, but much more versatile and forgiving. Highly recommended!