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2011 Volkl AC50 Ski


Pros: Great all around ski, with fantastic edge grip, stability, and smooth feel.

Cons: Not a real easy ski in very deep wet snow.

I just picked up a pair of these for a great price, and am really loving  them in all mountain type conditions. I will say these could possibly be the best all around ski I have ever been on. They make me a better skier! Not a real forgiving ski, but super fun when you focus.

Really feels solid in cut up crud,and boot deep cement.

I'm 5'8" 160 pounds and ski on  the 177cm. Not hard to turn at all (even at low speeds) when using strong technique.

Great all around ski!


Pros: precise, solid, always there in all conditions

I have skied Volkl skis for over 30 years. The AC 50 might be the best Volkl ski ever made, arguably one of the best all mountain skis on the market. Too bad this ski is being discontinued. Excelling in crud, powder, high speed turns on groomers, even short turns and moguls are fun to ski with the AC 50. This ski is performing for you. The feeling for the edge, the precision and responsiveness is unsurpassed.Some reviews mentioned the skis being too stiff in deep powder. I did not find this to be the case. Good rebound effect and three dimensional feeling in powder of all depth. If you like to ski 'in' deep powder instead of 'on top' of powder, the AC 50 will give you everything you ask for.

I'm skiing a 177 cm ski and weigh 155 lbs.


Picked these up at Cochran's Ski Swap based on the strength of online reviews, word of mouth recommendations, and a personal history of Volkl ownership going back to the mid-80's.  They're used, but seem to be well taken care of: they were a demo pair from AJ's on the Mountain Road in Stowe.  


The boards that these are replacing date back to 1997 (!), so I don't know if this review will ultimately be anything more than, "OMGWTF I had no idea ski technology got so awesome", but time will tell as the season goes on, as these will serve as my one-ski quiver for the '11-'12 season.


2011 Volkl AC50 Ski

Incredibly nimble for its width, the Unlimited AC50 enjoys iconic status among good skiers who like to bust through crud and chopped up powder, yet still have a ski that can truly rip the groomers. Its Extended Double Grip construction, Motion iPT Wide Ride system, and full wood core with 2 sheets of metal are all at the heart of the highest performing ski of its genre.

Lengths163, 170, 177, 184
Turn Radius16.3m @ 170
ConstructionExtended Double Grip
Core MaterialExtended Sensorwood Core
Binding SystemiPT Wide Ride System
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended UseAll Mountain
Recommended BindingiPT Wide Ride Sysem
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2011
Title2011 Volkl AC50 Skis
Binding Type
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


Volkl AC50: I really don't know the details on this ski; if it has changed or not. Still 85mm underfoot, and pretty stiff.



These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  


About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black 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. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 



I skied this in 177cm, and it is quite a bit of ski in that length. This is one of the stiffer skis tested here, and laterally very stiff. I felt it had no speed limit, but was even a touch stiffer than the Blizzard Magnum 8.1, and perhaps stiffer than the 8.7, although in the longer length, it skis considerably longer as well. My previous test lengths were always 170cm. At any rate, this is a damp, hefty, weighty feeling ski on the snow. Although the dimensions are close to the Kendo (at least in terms of waist width), it is a very different ski. First off, whereas the Kendo is a GS ripper and lower-energy ski, the AC50, true to form, is every bit the “Western Carver”: a carver for people who need width to get off the groomed from time to time. It is stout, and a blast to ski on any groomer, and especially a soft snow groomer (over say a blue ice groomer, where you want a true race carver). There is tons of energy in this ski, although the longer length saps it of energy somewhat that the 170cm has. Bumps are a handful and a challenge. In crud, this ski again has a lot of heft, and a lot of stability, but not the suspension of the more crud-oriented Kendo. If I had to compare them in crud, I would give the Kendo a 9 and the AC50 a 6 or 7. On steeps, in tight spaces, I liked the AC50, although with such a stiff tail, it isn't terribly confidence-inspiring; one mistake and can be a bit punishing. This ski could use a bigger sweet spot for dicey conditions. That is what happens with all that horsepower under the hood. Overall, I would rate this as a warp-speed groomer ski, solid crud ski, and great model for those who have no use for slow skis. In comparison to the Blizzard 8.7, I felt the latter was just as demanding, but perhaps more manageable due to the shorter length, but that the 8.1 eclipsed this ski just a bit, as it had all of the groomer power, but just a smidge more versatility.



Pros: thrilling carver, extreme stability in the longer lengths

Cons: a big pushy in crud, not a great bump ski or true all-mountain weapon.

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