So I met Glen Plake tonight (and I'll get back to that), but I also managed to get one of the Elan reps to pull out the Elan ski brochure for 2008! I was really surprised that the product brochure was already complete and he filled me in on how their developement cycle works - boy do we "regular joe" skiers get the products late in the U.S.

So here's what info I could grab on some of the 2008 Elan skis:

The M777 will be replaced next year by the 888 ALU. The new 888 has an aluminum top sheet with a sidecut that varies by length. I grabbed 2 of the lengths - 168cm has 127-88-108 and the 177cm has 130-90-110. The rep said the new 888 will be a bit stiffer than the 777 and is a bit more lively with some additional pop from the ALU top sheet. This will be available flat (no system).

The M999 comes back next season as the 999 WOOD. It has the "wood" look again like last season's M999, but they've removed the twin tip and gone with a more traditional tail that has been stiffened up quite a bit. Dimensions are the same as this season.

There is no M666 in next season's lineup.

Only the cosmetics are really changing on the Speedwave series, but there were some additional models added (didn't have time to grab specs).

The Magfire series seemed to have the most changes. The ski we saw in the Glen Plake Elan deal promo picture will be available in the U.S. as the Magfire Magma (it will be the Magfire 14 in Europe as shown in the promo pic). The graphics look like, well, magma. This is a fusion system only ski. The 168cm has a 15.4m sidecut and the 176cm a 17.2m sidecut. The dimensions are 126-82-109 for all lengths. The Magfire 10 is the replacement for this season's Magfire 12 (which is really gone next season). The Mag 10 is a 125-75-109 ski. The Magfire 12 has the same dimensions as the Magma, but has only one sheet of titanal whereas the Magma as two - it has no direct relation to this season's Magfire 12. All the Magfire series skis get the Fusion binding system and they all have the same "ripples" as this season's Speedwave series. They will not be available flat.

So here's what info I could grab on some of the 2008 Elan skis:

The M777 will be replaced next year by the 888 ALU. The new 888 has an aluminum top sheet with a sidecut that varies by length. I grabbed 2 of the lengths - 168cm has 127-88-108 and the 177cm has 130-90-110. The rep said the new 888 will be a bit stiffer than the 777 and is a bit more lively with some additional pop from the ALU top sheet. This will be available flat (no system).

The M999 comes back next season as the 999 WOOD. It has the "wood" look again like last season's M999, but they've removed the twin tip and gone with a more traditional tail that has been stiffened up quite a bit. Dimensions are the same as this season.

There is no M666 in next season's lineup.

Only the cosmetics are really changing on the Speedwave series, but there were some additional models added (didn't have time to grab specs).

The Magfire series seemed to have the most changes. The ski we saw in the Glen Plake Elan deal promo picture will be available in the U.S. as the Magfire Magma (it will be the Magfire 14 in Europe as shown in the promo pic). The graphics look like, well, magma. This is a fusion system only ski. The 168cm has a 15.4m sidecut and the 176cm a 17.2m sidecut. The dimensions are 126-82-109 for all lengths. The Magfire 10 is the replacement for this season's Magfire 12 (which is really gone next season). The Mag 10 is a 125-75-109 ski. The Magfire 12 has the same dimensions as the Magma, but has only one sheet of titanal whereas the Magma as two - it has no direct relation to this season's Magfire 12. All the Magfire series skis get the Fusion binding system and they all have the same "ripples" as this season's Speedwave series. They will not be available flat.