K2, CMH Team Up on Fat-Ski Test Week

CMH provides the helicopters, K2 provides the prototypes, guests provide the feedback for final ski designs.

K2 is interviewing for new ski designers. Job requirements: ability to ski thousands of vertical feet of untracked powder in British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains, then talk about skis while eating like a king and hanging at the bar. Successful applicants must be comfortable with helicopter transportation.

Think you’re qualified? No, K2 designer Anthony DeRocco hasn’t lost his job. And no, it’s not a paying gig—except for the new pair of skis you get. It’s part of a cool cross-promotion between Seattle-based K2 and Banff, B.C.–based CMH Heli Skiing.

But K2 is serious about wanting input from CMH clients signed up for the March 13-20 session at CMH’s Monashee Lodge. (Take it from us: of all CMH lodges, this is the nicest, newest one—and arguably the one with the most exciting terrain.) Guests will try a variety of prototypes, and K2 will use the feedback to fine-tune final designs for mass production. Full rocker? Shovel rocker? Reverse sidecut? With so many different approaches to powder-ski design out there, it’s hard to know what’s best. This will be a rare chance to try a lot of different approaches, with suitable powder virtually guaranteed, as well as an interesting focus-group opportunity for K2.

Naturally, it ain’t cheap: $10,400 per person, based on double-occupancy.But K2 is giving away a trip to one lucky buyer of its Darkside Model <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

<a href="http://k2skis.com/cmhheli">The Link</a> And if you prefer to save some money and at least partially earn your turns, there’s K2/CMH a heli-assisted ski touring week as well (April 10-17, $3,700). For details, check out CMH website: <a href="http://www.canadianmountainholidays.com/heli-skiing/trips/K2">The Link</a>


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Gear of the Week: K2 Rictor

Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.