I use to patrol on a great little mtn in Idaho in the late '70s and early '80s. Heli skied and guided in the mid '80s.
Two years ago I had a chance to buy any ski I wanted. I ended up with several skiis. But the one "dream" ski I really wanted was a pure pow "toool". The real luxury ski. The one ski you'd use on BIG mtns. BIG heli days, like 20K vert plus. The one ski i'd want on my old mtn for the hUGE storm days after the area had been closed mid week. Or first tracks off the Midi after the tram had been closed for a few days. The kind of days you will NEVER forget.
I did a ton of research and ended up with a pair of DPS Pure 138.
Here is a long winded review I eventuallly wrote last year about the first few days on those skis. In so so conditions. Just barely enough snow.
Couple of weeks ago I skiied a storm day where it was laying down well over an inch per hour on top of a foot of fresh. By days' end we were easily knee deep or more every where.
The 138s were even better than expected. I was skiing stuff steep enough that required out running my own sluffs. And stuff steep and mank enough to give me some trouble even in the old days when I was 30 years younger and 20 lbs lighter and admittedly a much more accomplished skier. The 138s aren't that much fun on groomed snow but they are managable there if required. I've skied them "every where" but would prefer another ski for those kinds of days. 100 or 115 under foot. But holy chit the 138s will let you ski ANYTHING, with some loose snow on it.... easily!
Every penny spent on those skis was repaid ten fold in just one day....and on only half a dozen runs top to bottom on uncut 2200' of steep to moderate knee deep pow.
I may not heli ski again (knock on wood that I do) but the 138s make me want to chase a few big storm tracks across the northern tier next winter. And I am now watching for the last of the big storm tracks this winter :) The 138s are in reality a dream more than a ski for me. But they allow that dream to become reality so, so easily :)
Edited by Dane - 3/15/13 at 9:50pm