Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 65
Lengths: 150, 160
The Pierra Menta is a highly specialized ski for randonee racers and ski mountaineers who prize light weight above all else. It’s super-slim-just 65 mm in the waist-and offered in just two very short lengths (150 and 160 cm). With full vertical sidewalls for edge-grip in sketchy situations, its built on a super-light all-foam core wrapped in fiberglass and reinforced with strong, light carbon fabric. Not much for downhill shredding in deep powder, it’s airy-light for the up.
It’s part of Dynastar Touring series, which includes three models of lightweight backcountry adventure chasers. They range in width from the freeride-oriented Mythic 97 (1,400 grams) down to the minimalist, rando-racing Pierra Menta (640 grams). All are carbon-rich constructions for maximum strength at minimal weight. All are targeted at expert-level skiers. The two freeride models, Mythic 97 and Mythic 87, feature Dynastar’s Five-Point Sidecut, which gives them a dose of newschool slashiness: The tip and tail are not only rockered but also tapered (ie., the widest points are closer to the foot), making them looser in the snow, easier to pivot and foot-steer-good for emergency speed checks and last-second line adjustments. The skinny Pierra Menta (named for the famous ski-mountaineering race held annually in the southern French Alps) is built to be as light as possible for the ascent, with only minimally adequate downhill skiability.
Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It’s factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, “in the shadow of Mont Blanc.” It was founded in 1963. -J.C.