Pros: One of the best bump biased all mountain skis for 2014
Cons: More color options
This is the ski that I was gaga over when I heard it was coming our for 2014. First off all, in the fairness of "full disclosure", I am a The Ski aficionado, I own numerous pair of originals and ski them often. Tricia and I have many The Ski Demetre sweaters that create much attention. With that said, the NEW The Ski skis as well as I had hoped it would. I have had a chance to spend numerous days on both the 175 and 185's and I was pleasantly surprised how much fun they were. If you notice down below, Scott varies the dimensions according to length, a design aspect that I would like to see more manufactures institute. But also Scott integrates a 3Dimension sidecut, a medium radius tip, a long radius mid body and a short radius tail. The sidecut design incorporated with a progressive early rise tip, makes The Ski perform with a slinkiness in a multitude of terrain environments. I skied the 185cm (Brown) at Squaw and off of Granite Chief, it is skied great in the tighter trees and drops and particularly in the bumps that were weeks old and fairly firm with 2-4" of fresh on top it didn't feel long at all. I also spent a couple of days on the 175cm (White) at Northstar playing on the groomers and the bumps and trees in Monument Glades and never really felt the 175cm was too short but I definitely felt it's playfulness. While I am not a fan of 10cm increments in model offerings, Scott does get away with it here.
Every so often at the shop, people come in and are looking for an "all mountain ski" that is good in the bumps. I will say that because of the heritage of The Ski and Bobbie Burns's input, this is one of the best options for versatility and bumps.
As I mentioned, I knew going into this review, I would be looking at these with a bias so I got them on the feet of a good friend/customer that was looking for a narrower ski to complement her 98/110/112mm quiver. I didn't want to give her any preconceived notions so I let her ski them before we talked about the attributes and she loved the playfulness and how well they skied in the bumps, and she likes skiing bumps. Plus, she really did dig the yellow 165mm's graphics.
So, if you are looking for a playful 90mmish ski that as fun in the bumps as it is on the groomers, The Ski should be on your short list. I will warn you though, you will not get a ski that is more of a conversation starter that these are. So be it on the lift, in the lift line or just walking to and from the parking lot. be prepared to answer a lot of questions and be ready to listen to a lot of stories. So, these are not for "wallflowers".
Please also check out my article and interview from SIA and Bobbie Burns.
Length Tested: 175cm, 185cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: Vary from length to length with 3Dimension sidecut)
155cm: 88mm underfoot (14M/18M/11M)
165cm: 89mm underfoot (15M/19M/12M)
175cm: 91mm underfoot (16M/20M/13M)-Demoed
185cm: 93mm underfoot (18M/23M/15M)-Demoed
Camber: Early Rise Tip w/camber
Binding: Tyrolia demo
Mount point: Suggested
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Northstar, Squaw and Winter Park
Number of Runs: Many
Snow Conditions: Week old packed and groomed
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 35
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: 14 Blizzard Brahma, 14 Blizzard Bonafide, 14 Vagabond, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees