Gear

Fat Skis: 2010-2011 Preview

Skiing Magazine had a chance to ski a few of next year’s skis at the SIA On Snow Demo Days at Winter Park. Due to the huge amount of skis available and the little time we had, we limited ourselves to fat skis. We tested a handful of new, redesigned and carryover models between 95mm and 115mm underfoot. Although certain skis did better in certain conditions, there really wasn't a bad ski among them.


Kastle has updated the MX98 for 10-11 with Kastle's

Kastle has updated the MX98 for 10-11 with Kastle’s “early rise tip and low camber geometry.” While not detracting from its hard snow performance, the early rise tip improves float in deep snow. 

Lengths: 158, 168, 178, 188

Shape: 126-98-116

Sidecut: 24m @ 178

Line has added another model to their Prophet line. The Prophet 115 will be the fattest ski in the Prophet series along with the slightly narrower…

Line has added another model to their Prophet line. The Prophet 115 will be the fattest ski in the Prophet series along with the slightly narrower Prophet 90, 90 Flite, and Prophet 100. The series is defined by its freeride and easy turning capabilities. They have given the Prophet 115 an early rise tip and a traditional camber tail. As well as adding a little sidewall under foot to their cap construction. This keeps the 115 relatively light for a fat ski and makes it an exceptional performer on hard snow. 

Lengths: 172, 179, 186

Shape: 153-115-142

sidecut: 19m (179cm)

Aside from a new top sheet and a faster base material, the S3 has remained relatively unchanged. With 98mm underfoot, tip and tail rocker, and…

Aside from a new top sheet and a faster base material, the S3 has remained relatively unchanged. With 98mm underfoot, tip and tail rocker, and traditional camber underfoot the S3 has positioned itself as deep snow ski that can function as a one ski quiver. 

 

Lengths: 159, 168, 178, 186

 

Shape: 128-98-118

 

Sidecut: 23m @ 186

The Volkl Gotama is unchanged for 10-11. With 106mm underfoot the Gotama is positioned as a big-mountain powder ski. Volkl uses their Extended Low…

The Volkl Gotama is unchanged for 10-11. With 106mm underfoot the Gotama is positioned as a big-mountain powder ski. Volkl uses their Extended Low Profile rocker design which makes the Gotama extremely agile while maintaining superior float. The ELP design is also surprisingly effective on hard snow.

Lengths: 170, 178, 186, 194

Shape: 137-106-122

Sidecut: 26.1m @178

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A new model for 10-11, the Atomic Access is an entry level powder ski. With 100mm underfoot and substantial tip and tail rocker the Access is far…

A new model for 10-11, the Atomic Access is an entry level powder ski. With 100mm underfoot and substantial tip and tail rocker the Access is far from a mediocre ski. It carves well on hard pack, yet it is light and nimble. All this for $500 may seem like a killer deal. Well, it is. 

Lengths: 151, 161, 171, 181, 191

Waist Width: 100mm

 

 

 The SideStash is the second fattest ski in K2's Backside line. With 108mm underfoot powder performance in never in question. Surprisingly for such a…

 

The SideStash is the second fattest ski in K2’s Backside line. With 108mm underfoot powder performance in never in question. Surprisingly for such a fat, light ski the SideStash holds its own on hard snow. Not a terribly agile ski though, the SideStash likes straight fast lines. 

 

Lengths: 164, 174, 181, 188

Shape: 139-108-127

Sidecut: 23m @ 174

 

 The Nordica Enforcer is back for 10-11. Nordica has given it a

 

The Nordica Enforcer is back for 10-11. Nordica has given it a “slow rise” tip that is supposed to keep the tip afloat in deep snow. We didnt have a chance to test it in deep snow but we are curious as to how effective the extremely subtle “slow rise” is. What we do know is that the Enforcer was the best ski we tested on groomers and in chunkier conditions. This ski is stiff enough to plow through anything and can hold an edge on ice like no other. Not bad for a ski thats 98mm underfoot. 

 

Lengths: 161, 169, 177, 185

 

Shape: 135-98-125

 

Sidecut: 21m @ 177

 

A new model from Dynastar this year, the slicer is a rockered big mountain twin tip. The Slicer is agile due to its rocker design yet preforms very…

A new model from Dynastar this year, the slicer is a rockered big mountain twin tip. The Slicer is agile due to its rocker design yet preforms very well on hard pack due to the traditional camber underfoot. With a reasonable 98mm underfoot this ski may be the perfect one ski quiver for a place like Colorado. 

Lengths: 167, 173, 179, 185

Shape: 132-98-120

Sidecut: 23m