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2013 Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97


Pros: Will give you back everything you put into it

Cons: Can chatter on groomers, better for drivers than passengers

I bought these skis based on some very positive magazine reviews, with the intent of using them for inbounds soft snow days - even though I'm mostly a backcountry skier and these skis are primarily designed for that use.  


I've had them out for five days now - a hard snow day at Alpine Meadows, a serious powder day at Snowbird, one day with 6" of new over hard snow at Jackson, and two soft snow days at Targhee.


Overall, my impression of them - very solid and very fun in the powder, crud, steeps and trees, less fun on hard snow with a tendency to chatter if you're braking hard or aren't really laying them over.  Not particularly helpful in hard bumps.  They reward aggressiveness and attention to technique - passengers need not apply.


These skis have a tremendous amount of personality.  They almost talk to you - "You can get air here!"  "Steep? Let's go for it!"  "Soft snow - yippee!"  "Let's just see how fast we can take this, shall we?"  "WHEEEEEE!"  I found myself smiling relentlessly as I popped out of the snow, jumped into turns, played like I haven't on any other ski.  These skis do not disappear on your feet.  We took a sidecountry trip at Jackson, and in the untracked these skis absolutely shone.  However, they will buck you off if you aren't on your game - I didn't have my mojo going for one of the Targhee days, and even though the conditions were made for this ski, I found myself switching out to my Legend 8800's mid-day.  They are just an easier ski than are the Chams.  Things were working for me normally the following day and the Chams and I had an absolutely marvelous time, even on the long groomed run-outs that are not this ski's forte.


Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the Chams, and if you're in a situation where you see very little hard snow and generally "ski 'em like you mean it" I'd recommend them.  Even on the hard-snow day at Alpine, they didn't suck (and I expected them to) - that's not what they're for, though, and if you're going to drop the $$ on a pair of skis, get the tool for the job.



51 y.o. female

5'8", 175 lbs

50 days/year

Have been skiing for 20 years (caring about it for 10)

Mount point: normal

Aggressiveness level:  Moderate (hello, I'm a 51 y.o. female)

Length:  178


Other skis in the quiver:  

Inbounds:  Dynastar Legend 8800 178, Rossignol Bandit XXX 178

Out of bounds:  K2 Gotback 168, Volkl T-Rock 173

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2013 Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97

Cham High Mountain skis are next-generation freeride-adventure skis designed for breaking new trails to high alpine adventure. Levitation Profile combined with a new, ultra-lightweight and durable wood core delivers easier touring with the Cham series' unique blend of float, maneuverability and stability in all snow conditions. Dynastar athlete and alpine adventurer, Forrest Coots says, “Cham puts Dynastar in the driver’s seat of modern freeride ski design.” So go deeper and venture further with the reliability and versatility to float through the deepest conditions, slice down the steepest couloirs and navigate new routes for freeride adventure.

Lengths166, 172, 178, 184 cm
Dimensions 118-133-97-113-94 mm
Turn Radius16M
Core Materialwood/metal
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingPX 12 Wide
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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