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I've been able to ski both the 170cm Elan Ripstick and 172 cm Dynastar Contact 11 ST over the past 2 weeks.
Me: 36 yo, Level 9, 165 lbs
Conditons: Vail,Co. Mostly groomers ranging from pristing courderoy to slicked over hardpack. Spring has arrived in Vail and early morning snow tends to be hard from the nighttime freeze. I also skied these in bumps, both soft & firm, very light fresh snow & some setup crud.

Both of these skis are on-piste carving machines and are quite similar. They are stiff & quick allowing turns of all sized shaped although banging out ultra quick slalom turns in gates is a bit of chore. They are more in the GS/Super-G mold. If you keep the weight forward and tip them with good modern cross under technique they deliver a fantastic ride.

The Elan has the more powerful tail with more rebound pop and also offers better edge hold on ice. The Dynastar is slightly more forgiving. Both can be skied through the bumps provided you carve the lines. No zipper lines with these pups. 1-2" of light snow was no problem but a trip to the crudded-up Back Bowls wasn't particularly fun and I'll be leaving that to my Elan 666 & Mantras.

I'd be perfectly happy with either ski as my front side carver. They're both smooth, stable & confidence inspiring. I purchased the Elan Ripstick from Dawgcatching because the price was too good to pass up but prefer the Ripstick anyway for its more energetic tail and tenacious firm snow & ice hold.