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Ski Make: Volant
Ski Model: Chubb (year?)
Ski Length: 180, 110/90/100
Snow Conditions Used In: Man Made Powder, Groomed, Pack Powder, Frozen Granular
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 25
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 7-12
Other Skis You Like: K2 Axis X (181cm), Old Straight K2 5500 (200cm)
Your Height/Weight: 6’/175

First a little background on the ski:
I bought the Volant Chubb from my local shop here in Augusta, GA. They had been sitting on the showroom floor un-mounted for several seasons so I don’t know what year they are from. The tops are, yes, silver with a large blue VOLANT along with a smaller red VOLANT silk-screened lengthwise along the skis’ tips. The tails are silk screened lengthwise with a large blue CHUBB and a smaller red CHUBB. The tips have a black plastic cover piece and there is a black plastic binding mount. Does anyone know what season they are from? Apparently, those who ski from this town did not know what they were or don’t ski in the deep stuff when they venture out West. The skis were marked down to $375 with bindings. I talked to the owner and offered to take them off his hands for $250 along with the mounting of old Salomon 997 EXP Driver bindings, an edge polish, and fresh wax. He didn’t hesitate.

So now I’m the proud owner of a brand spankin’ new pair of the legendary Chubb. What am I going to do with them in the powderless mountains of NC let alone Augusta, GA? Well, I’m going to use them, powder or no powder. I took them for their first test runs a couple of weekends ago at Sugar Mountain. The temperature was 4 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I arrived in the morning after they blasted snow all night and continued throughout the day. I knew that their would be huge piles of the man-made stuff all over the place and thought the Chubb would work nicely. Conditions were packed powder, groomed, and hard pack to frozen granular on the steeper black slopes do to novice heel sliders and side slippers.

The comments from other skiers started early in the lift line. There was a college race going on that morning and I heard one of the racers ask another, “what kind of skis are those?“ One of the hotshot preppy racers from Virginia Tech returned, “they are Chubbs”, and asked me, “you use Chubbs here? Those are for deep powder out West. You won't be able to control them you need a pair of short slaloms.“ Whatever. I let him know that the Chubbs are a good all-mountain ski and I doubt if I’ll have any problems and besides, when the Chubbs were first released, the Volant reps on Chubbs routinely beat racers on slalom skis.

I had heard that the Chubb not only works exceptionally well in the powder but also blasts through crud, cut-up and is very good on the groomers for a fat ski. Well, if it works as well as everyone raves about in the deep stuff as it does on the groomers, this is one great ski! WOW! I was amazed at how quick it turned underfoot for it’s dimensions and it’s ability to make short turns. It lays down railroad tracks nearly as well as my Axis X. This ski plowed through the heavy piles of snow pushed to the sides of the trail. There was more rebound out of the turn than with my Axis X. Again, I was surprised because the reviews I have read call it “floppy”. I took it on the double diamond frozen granular slopes and it skarved fairly nicely (35-38 degrees is double diamond anywhere). It does not have the bite that a slalom ski would have on steep solid slopes but I was very surprised at how well it held. I was looking for those racer punks! The other area the ski shined was through the piles of man-made. Huge banks everywhere! For those of you out West who don’t have the pleasure of skiing while the guns are on, you should know that on most occasions, the snow piled around the guns is usually sticky and wet. I have seen many unaware newbies double eject into these piles. This day, the man-made piles were perfect. I don’t know if it was do to the extreme cold or it was the skis but the Chubb truly floated through these areas. I was the only one seeking these areas out, as my tracks were visible for several runs up the lift before being filled in. Hey, skiing with the guns on is no worse than skiing in a snow storm!

I only had trouble with them a couple of times when they got a little squirrelly from my laziness while transitioning to a new edge on some hard pack. I did feel that I had to work a little harder with this ski than with my Axis X. It was almost an old school weighting and unweighting of the downhill ski. For that reason the K2’s will remain my main skis. To sum up this long review, I only expected to make a few runs on the Chubb before I bring them out West, but they were so much fun that I left them on till after lunch! Great ski! Bring on the Utah and Wyoming powder!!!