Sneak Peak

Can’t wait till next year? Early intros of ’06-07 skis offer a taste of what’s to come, and they’re in stores now.
Happy New Gear Lead

Published: March 2006

It's not too late to make a resolution. Be the first guy on the hill with next year's gear — this year.

1)Atomic M:11 A re-engineered take on the Metron. Features a less drastic sidecut than this year's model butstill offers a carve-friendly radius and a powder-ready width. 124-76-108 at 174 cm, $1,065 (w/binding)

2)Atomic Snoop Daddy Rounds out the Daddy line of powder skis (narrower than the Sugar, wider than the Sweet) with a lighter-weight version of their powerful Beta construction. 125-88-111 at 174 cm, $855 (flat)

3)Dynastar Exclusive Powder A new expert freeride ski from the Exclusive women's line. A wood core with metal reinforcements gives it power, stability and ultimate flotation. 121-85-104, $695 (flat)

4)Dynastar Exclusive Carve A lively little women's carver built to be fun and friendly. Deep sidecut and shorter lengths should make it a responsive frontside ripper. 114-64-97, $775 (w/binding)

5)Elan M1111 A monster powder ski with ghoulish Dance of Death graphics. Dubbed the Quad 1, it's ideally suited for powder, with a rearward mounting point and waist, and a scalloped fish tail.161-121-141, $999 (flat)

6)Elan Speedwave 14 Offers new Wave Flex technology:A thinner core— reinforced with fiberglass laminates preformed in an undulating shape—resists twisting without adding stiffness. 116-69-105, $1,125 (w/ binding)

7)Head i.M82 Adds another width option to the Monster line of all-mountain midfats. Vertical sidewall, race-ready construction and extra-resilient LiquidMetal laminate give it big-mountain power.122-82-108, $850 (flat)

8)Head Wild Thang A bigger, stronger midfat for women. It's 4 mm wider than this year's Thang, with stout construction that accommodates women but doesn't condescend. 117-76-103, $650 (flat)

9)Nordica Blower Flagship of the new Supercharger line of deep-sidecut powder skis. The Blower gives Nordica the huge ski its line has lacked since the Beast was discontinued last year. 139-110-129, $750 (flat)

10)Nordica Ignition A narrower and more versatile Supercharger, better suited to everyday skiing as well as powder. Like the Blower, it offers powerful laminate construction with vertical sidewalls. 125-84-112, $500 (flat)


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