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DPS Dreamtime is Back

The one time of year you can get a discount on some of the most advanced skis available, including some awesome new limited editions.

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DPS knows that for most of us, July is wasted away daydreaming about cold temps and powder days. That’s why they hold their one-and-only ski sale during the hottest month of the year. Starting July 15, skiers can access the brand’s signature Dreamtime sale online or through local DPS retailers.

“Since 2012 we have offered a limited amount of special ski creations during the summer window,” said Stephan Drake, founder and CEO of DPS Skis, in a press release. “Dreamtime allows skiers to break the summer heat and act on fantasies provoked by the thought of winter; it’s a direct connection to those who live and breathe the sport.” 

DPS Dreamtime 2019 Teaser

“With snow flying in the Southern Hemisphere, the pull of skiing is strong for those who chase deep powder,” Drake continues. “If you remain in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a great chance to complete or expand your quiver in preparation for the coming season.”

From July 15 to August 1, the brand will host its annual ski sale so you can update your set-up without taking a huge financial hit. “Not only is it a great way to mentally break the monotony of the summer heat for skiers, it’s the only time of year when we discount our skis,” says Alex Hunt, DPS Skis’ public relations manager.

DPS Powderworks Wailer 100 RP Tour Review

DPS Powderworks Wailer 100 RP
DPS Powderworks Wailer 100 RP TourPhoto courtesy of DPS

The best part about DPS Dreamtime? The company always releases special edition, limited-run skis that are only available during the sale. This year, they’re offering up the super-fat Powderworks Lotus 138 Tour, which, at 138mm underfoot, is about as fat of a ski you can find. The other special-edition option is the more versatile Powderworks Wailer 100 RP Tour. 

Both Powderworks skis feature a unique prepreg carbon laminate matted with aerospace foam core that is bolstered by wood stringers. This internal combo makes the skis incredibly light yet nimble and responsive thanks to the carbon laminate. What really makes these skis shine is the World Cup race bases and heavy-duty UHMW sidewalls, both of which substantially improve downhill performance and general capabilities.

SKI Magazine tested this year’s super-limited edition Powderworks Wailer 100 RP Tour on summertime snow in Colorado. Without knowing what the ski was made out of, our testers found the ski to be very capable of aggressive, high speed descents, though it felt most comfortable at moderately high speeds. The ski doesn’t display the over-caffeinated jitters that are stereotypical of other skis with carbon, and they remain damp, responsive, and always eager to get down the hill under control.

While the Powderworks Lotus 138 Tour is suited for deep powder, the Powderworks Wailer 100 RP Tour is a definite one-ski quiver option for anyone who spends more time in the backcountry than at the resort. It’s light enough that it can take on long approaches and multi-day adventures, but skis well enough that you’ll likely reach for it for day trips anywhere in North America. 

And don’t let the foam core hold you back. Everyone who skied the Powderworks Wailer 100 RP Tour thought it preformed like a full wood core ski on the hill.

DPS Dreamtime Special Edition skis 2019
The limited-edition DPS Alchemist models for 2019’s Dreamtime.Photo courtesy of DPS

Additionally, all of DPS’ other skis will be on sale for $200 off their original price during Dreamtime. Skis with the brand’s Foundation constructions will be on sale for $599, as opposed to their usual $799. The price of backcountry-specific Tour 1 constructions will drop to $899, and even the do-anything Alchemist models with Dreamtime-only Special Edition graphics will be reduced to $1,099. 

Find out more about the Dreamtime sale on DPS Skis’ Website.

Alexandra Cullen and Jon Jay contributed to this article.