The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) SnowShow in Denver is a global gathering of snowsport's best brands, athletes, and business leaders touting next season's hottest new gear and innovations. Here's what you need to know about the new technology making skis lighter and stronger than ever.
Mr. Luxury Ski
New high-tech materials and advanced engineering are allowing skis to achieve maximum weight to performance ratios. It’s part of the reason the One-Ski Quiver may finally achievable. Here's a lesson in the materials and designs revolutionizing your ski turns.
Fans of Rossignol's 7 Series will dig the upgrade to the new Soul 7 HD (above). Less is litearlly more with Air Tip 2.0, a 3D patterning in the tip and tail that removes 20 percent more material than Air Tip 1.0 tech found in your old Soul 7s. Between feather-light tip and tail, a carbon alloy matrix amplifies power for stability and grip, while a light wood core stays playful in the pow.
How light can skis get? The all-new Head Kore 105 weighs in just less than 3.75 lbs. but is beefy enough enough to charge the steeps-and-deep. Kore’s Karuba wood core is hollowed out and filled with thermally welded honeycomb-shaped Koroyd, dumping weight while damping out bad vibes. Tips and tails made of Graphene pack plenty float into a low profile; the bonded carbon is the strongest, lightest material in manufacturing.
Utah’s DPS pioneered carbon ski designs, and their new Alchemist Pure Carbon (above) goes aerospace in 2018. With next-generation, vibration-tuned carbon construction you can seek-and-destroy Alta or shred deep space on these skis. The advance tech comes in the same 10 sizes and shapes found in DPS’s acclaimed Pure3 predecessors ensuring smooth, damp shred for all.