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Waist Width: 113
Lengths: 166, 172, 178, 184
A lighter construction (Dynastar says overall weight is reduced by about 25 percent) makes the Cham 97 High Mountain better suited to backcountry touring and quick sidecountry ascents than the regular Cham 97, and it’s generally more nimble and slashy in resort terrain. Dynastar’s returning Cham series of freeride/adventure skis celebrates Dynastar’s big-mountain heritage – the company is located near Chamonix, France – with freeride-spirited skis in waist widths ranging from huge (127 mm) to pragmatic (87 mm). There are seven models, including three High Mountain versions built for backcountry adventure with lighter cores better suited to long ascents. All are tapered in the tip and tail for slashy, smeary powder performance, instant speed control, and enhanced maneuverability (Dynastar calls it Progressive 5-Point Sidecut, referring to the reverse sidecut that extends tip and tail beyond the widest points of the ski.). All models have aggressively rockered tip and tail, for deep-snow flotation, with pronounced sidecut underfoot for arcing on firmer snow. Full-length vertical sidewalls and variously reinforced wood-core laminate constructions are designed to deliver dependable edge grip and reliable durability.