Sneak Peek 2015 Dynastar Cham Skis

 The phrase “CHAM wow” echoed more frequently at the 2014 SIA Trade Show in Denver, Co., than the reverberated sound of footsteps at the local buffet. No, the blissful oralation didn’t stem from the famous towel that soaks up everything, but rather from the adulation surrounding Dynastar’s award-winning CHAM series.  As like its phonetic twin, The CHAM wowed the crowd after it had soaked-up all the liquid stains [euphemism for competition].


The CHAM is one of the most versatile freeride skis to hit the freeride market. In fact, Dynastar set-up a specialized R & D lab in Chamonix [hence the CHAM] to ensure the CHAM parallels the demands of freeride skiing. The result: multiple Freeride World Tour podiums and Outside claiming the 97mm “Outside Gear of the Year.” But something’s still missing in the series? It’s sorta like not having a gap wedge in your golf bag. Hmm? Amid all the hype, Nick, Dynastar’s version of Paul Revere, delivers an announcement so groundbreaking that even E.F. Hutton stopped to listen.  “A star is born!”

Dynastar has added the 117mm to the CHAM FAM to bridge the performance gap between the 107 and 127. CHAM’s award-winning technique of fusing rocker and 5-point sidecut with a paulownia wood core allows the 117 to transition seamlessly from playful freeride skis to fall-line crushers. Now that’s versatile! Dynastar has also mellowed the rocker in the tip to increase contact area and to eliminate tip deflection so you can track like a ballistic missile while maintaining predictable control. With the addition of a new rockered pintail design, your 117s will float on deep powder like a ghost on nitrous oxide yet maintain power, stability and speed on all terrains and in all conditions. Ride the revolution! CHAM 2.0 is here.




Sneak Peek 2015 Rossignol Experience Skis


Rossignol Rossignol brought plenty of radical Experiences, literally, to this year’s SIA Trade Show in Denver, CO. The newly super-tech-injected Experience series is Rossignol’s attempt at monopolizing the all-mountain ski market. Proof? The Experience’s SIA booth produced longer lines than at a clinic after the Burning Man festival. For over 100 years, pow junkies have been conditioned to salivate from the mere mention of Rossignol, much like Pavlov’s canine bestie. So whether you prefer the small-waisted 74mm or the hefty-midsection of the 98mm, the Experience will outperform your expectations on-and off-piste or from just resting atop a ski rack.

experience 88“So how can I ski better with this new technology?” Well, this multi-award winning all-mountain ski charges-harder down corduroy, floats much better over deep pow and carves more predictably through off-piste obstacles. It’s kinda like old-school power meticulously integrated with new-school tech. Mouth watering yet?

Nick, Righteous Rossi Rep., shocked and awed powder bombers with the series’ new refinements. The most impressive upgrade is the introduction of Air Tip tech. This revolutionary tech, also available in the 7 series, lightens swing weight, generates faster turn initiation, and maintains tip flotation even in variable snow conditions. With a refined rocker profile, you’ll be able to bash through crud without your skis needlessly flapping like your mother-in-law’s jaw. The AutoTurn Rocker profile allows you to carve snow like a Porsche on hot pavement. The Experience is  hard-charging, nimble and lightweight ski that you can pin it to win it!

Rossignol has been steeped in pedigree for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise Rossignol has once again set the standard for which all other skis are being  judged. Why else would Ski Magazine name the Experience its Ski of the Year, two years running?



2015 Rossignol Air Tip Technology




Air-TipRossignol’s patented Air Tip floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee  throughout this year’s SIA TradeShow in Denver . Muhammad Ali would be so proud! Imagine a skisperience where tip floatation mimics a butterfly’s graceful flight and every turn stings like a wasp during his last days. For over 100 years, Rossignol has become synonymous with industry-changing technology and has yet again manifested a technology so revolutionary that freeride skiers will metamorphosize their skills far beyond what they thought possible. Welcome to the world of Air Tip.

 New 2015 Rossignol Experience Series

604b41e7618fece7ff58942ef39cde3e8d66356b34fcd1c2f2bc5705428f1a6d330b65ec4e824bd3f7b5df04b593bb312d925e26b0c010f4d275c17de972688aNick, Rossi’s version of Nostradamus, refutes the notion that Air Tip tech is just some” flashy fishing lure” that simply dangles in front of the powredator, providing no actual value.  So what is Air Tip? It’s a honeycomb pattern device that traps air in the tip of the ski, much like a parachute, to lighten swing weight, increase strength underfoot and maximize torsional rigidity. “What does that do for me?” You ask.  The Air Tip moves your center of mass underfoot so you can get into the turn quicker and maintain tip flotation in variable snow conditions; thus,  eliminating tip flap and dive while enhancing the rocker construction.  The end result:  unprecedented maneuverability and predictability. Your pain points are eliminated! And once you go Air Tip, you’ll never go back.


 2015 Rossignol 7 Seriers



“The rocker revolution is here! This isn’t just a profile; it’s now a construction,” says Rossignol.  This tech is available in the 2015 Rossignol’s Temptation, Experience and 7 series (Squad, Super, Soul, Sin). The next revolution of freeride skis is here!




Sneak Peek at 2015 k2 Shreditor Skis

This year’s SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Trade Show in Denver looked more like a Jurassic setting rather than a powder junkie gathering when K2 unveiled its carnivorous  2015 Shreditor skis: the T-Rexes of the ski world. Shreditors are twin-tip freeride skis ranging in widths from 92mm to 136mm and are designed for the playful, surfy skier who desires uber-control off- or on-piste.  Be the hunter not the hunted on these all-mountain slayers.

Li’l Mike, K2’s right ski man, dispels the theory that playful skis cannot charge hard or rail on edge when needed.  He touts the Shreditors as being playful, fun skis that can pivot on a dime on hardpack and excel in steep and deep. You deep-pow tweakers will love their twitch-and-go nimbleness and incredible maneuverability through trees or fallen bodies during a zombie apocalypse.  The “new-school” tip to tail add a light, loose, surfy performance for those aggressive, artsy skiers who like to leave their expressive marks all over the mountain. Finesse and creativity are what bring the thrill of the hunt to the Shreditors.

The Shreditor series has won numerous awards over the past two years, including: Skiing Official Selection 2014, Ski Magazine Gold Medal Gear 2014, On the Snow and Backcountry Editors’ Choice, BackCountry Gear Guide Select, Powder Skier’s Choice, and Editor’s Pick 2013.


 2015 K2 Shreditor 136 Powabunga

PaddyO on the snow –  2015 K2 Shreditor Demo



Kids K2 Shreaditor Skis

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2015 K2 Shreditor 85 

2015 K2 Shreditor 75 

Top Ten Skis for 2015


Next Years Best Planks Range from Park to Powder

At the close of the 2013/2014 season, as I put skis and boots into storage for their summer slumber, even as I prepare for the river, for hiking and biking trails, for camping and backpacking, I can not help but to look longingly into the future toward the turns that await next ski season. Luckily, I spent a lot of time this season chatting with ski designers and engineers as well as some QT on 2015 skis. Here is my list, in no particular order, of the Top Skis for the 2014/2015 Ski Season.


The One to Rule Them AllThe 4FRNT Devastator


The New Seth Morrison Pro ModelThe K2 Annex 118


The New JP Auclair Pro ModelArmada JJ  2.0


The New Wiley Miller Pro ModelThe 4FRNT YLE


The All New SeriesThe Line Supernaturals


The Biggest SurpriseThe Nordica Helldarado


The Weapons Salomon Q Series


The New F*ckin’ Bobby Brown Pro ModelThe Salomon NFX


Ongoing DominationRossignol 7 series 


The New Look for Jossi Wells’ Pro ModelThe Atomic Infamous



By: Paddy O’Connell

Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2015 K2 Annex Skis

K2 peaked at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show in Denver when it captivated the audience with the Annex series. The scene was almost Pied Piper’ish. Annex is a directional freeride ski for the aggressive powder-crusher looking to charge harder than a rhino on Red Bull. K2 has mastered the art of ski making and has taken innovation and design to the next level.

2015 K2 Annex Skis

The K2 Annex 118 (Seth Morrison’s pro model) is the  pinnacle of the line. This wide platform ski is great for powering through knee-high pow and also holding a great edge on hardpack crud. Greatness lies in the Annex line through drawn-back taper tip and traditional box tail, which minimize chatter and hold power through the apex of the corner. If you’re not skiing K2, you’re not skiing… period!



Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2015 K2 Shreditor Skis

2015 K2 Shreditor Skis

K2 climbed to the summit of success at this year’s SnowSports Industries America (SIA) in Denver, Co. when it unleashed the Shreditor--a beast of a ski. Carnage ensued shortly after that. K2’s predator tamer Mike gets giggity about the athlete-inspired line of playful, surfy and versatile skis. The line comes in 92, 112, and 120 (Sean Petit’s pro model). The award-winning line will definitely put a shiver in your quiver.

Shreditor 92

Shreditor 92

These all-mountain slayers shred groomers to hardpack like a velociraptor shreds unsuspecting paleontologists. New insane graphics adorn the 112 and 120 series. The new twin-tip 92 is built to be a hardpack crusher, pretty much a killa’ on all terrains. The Shreditor has drawn-down tapered tip and tail for zero deflection, so you can dictate where you want the ski to go. K2 brings versatility and killer instinct to all things pow.

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Shreditor 102

Shreditor 112

Shreditor 112



Sneak Peek at 2015 Line Skis

For years at trade shows, the Line booth smelled of wafting excrement from adjoining bathrooms either because no one had heard of Line or the industry had been secretly making tie-ins with the unknown brand. What a difference innovation makes. At last January’s SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Trade Show in Denver, Line threw down some fat lines and everyone came sniffing around. The same industry pros that once shunned the small company now came searching for those fat pow-line killers.

2015 Line Skis

Line skis are as unique as the lines you ski. With models like Chronic, Afterbang, Sick Day and Traveling Circus, the brand sounds more like  a gnarly evening timeline rather than a cred ski company.  Eric Pollard, graphics guru, added his genius touch to most lines.  The new top sheets can only be described as WTF! With innovations that has redefined its very industry, Ride continues to reshape the ski world heading into 2015


Chronic Skis


2014/2015 Line Sick Day Skis (95, 110, 125)





 Traveling Circus Skis


2015 Salomon Skis Sneak Peek

SIA 2014 Reveals Salomon’s Next Big Thing

The 2014 SnowSports Industries of America Trade Show was a whirlwind event held in Denver at the tail end of January, just as Colorful Colorado was at the beginning of a storm cycle that has lasted into the Spring, creating one of the deepest winters in recent history. SIA 2014 was abuzz with excitement and powder fever. The Denver Convention Center was filled to the brim with all of next years latest and greatest gear. The SnowShow was an intimate look behind the curtain with every ski company in the biz. For me, Salomon was one of the show’s standouts. That had nothing to do with the exceptionally weird and progressively more raunchy introductory conversation with the Hard Handshaking Bonecrushin’ Hilary (Salomon PR). Don’t worry Hil, most interactions I have with women have similar chitchatting about a possible “Junk Punch” or knee to the groin. Nor did Salomon’s appeal have anything to do me running into a long lost college friend who I last saw at a foam party, Lax House sausage fest, or grinding (it was kinda like twerking in the olden days –circa ’02) on the dance floor at Sigma Chi. Go Dawgs! I didn’t fall in love with Salomon’s 2015 line because of Handsome Joe, Salomon’s Tech Expert, though one can get lost in his eyes and he does smell of licorice and unicorn farts. No, I was intrigued with Salomon’s gear for next year because of innovative technology, refinement of design, and a palpable level of stoke for the skiing lifestyle that permeated throughout every person connected to the brand.

Bobby Brown Pro Model – Salomon NFX

2015 Salomon Rocker2

The 2015 New Quest Series

The 2015 Quest Pro 130 Ski Boot

The New Guardian Binding

2014 K2 Skis: Tradition of Tech


Innovation Refined

K2 Skis burst onto the scene in 1962, gaining notoriety for their innovative use of fiberglass construction. Their skis were lighter, more responsive, and livelier than the competition. In 1968, K2 became the first American Ski Company to have a First Place finish in Giant Slalom at a World Cup Race. Since then, the K2 name has been synonymous with creativity, cutting edge technology, and performance. This tradition is exemplified by the skis offered in the 2014 line.

The park, all mountain, backcountry, and big mountain freeride genres are reaping the benefits of the progressive K2 design. “Rocker” is an industry term that has become the most talked about “buzz” topic in the last few seasons. This has spawned a sensational and misguided concept of rockered skis. Todays skier is most concerned with the rocker profile of the ski yet is very misinformed or under-informed. In 2014, K2 offers three different rocker types that feed performance and enjoyment rather than sensationalism and “pop” concepts.


Powder Rocker:  featured ski–> the Annex 118 (Seth Morrison Pro Model), the Shreditor 120 (Sean Pettit Pro Model)


This even 50/50 split of rocker and traditional camber is featured in K2’s big boy, big day, big line powder planks. The tip of the ski has the most rise of the three rocker types as well as the longest rocker from the toe piece of the binding to the nose of the ski. This allows the thick waisted skis the utmost flotation. Traditional camber underfoot provides confident edge hold on groomers and variable snow. More notably, in powder as the stiffer waist sinks it drives the tip and tail rocker to an extreme flex, much like when an archer pulls back on his bow. This provides a surfy ski experience in the turn initiation as well as great pop, rebound, and spring into the next turn. Powder Rocker yields some of the most rewarding powder turning experiences. It is easy, forgiving, and responsive. The ski almost switches to auto pilot. In powder, where these skis were born to live; wide smiles, barbaric yulps, and deep snow performance awaits.


All-Terrain Rocker:   featured ski–>the Shreditor 102 and 112, the Annex 98 and 108, the Sight


A longer section of traditional camber runs underfoot and the tip rise is reduced. 30% rocker in the tip transitions smoothly to 70% camber from the forebody to the heal of the ski. These skis have a smaller waist than powder specific skis. However, this does not make them any less of a performer. Rather, skis in which All-Terrain Rocker is featured have arguably the widest range of performance. The geometry of the profile makes them a full quiver ski; a jack of all trades. The reduction of waist and elongated camber section allow for more edge control on groomers and in variable crud. The rocker in the tip still provides for flotation. The heal through the waist sink in deep snow while the tip is flexed toward the surface. Rather than skiing in the backseat to drive the tips up, the skier is able to stand confidently over their boots and aggressively attack turns. The dynamics of the plane drive the ski at speed. It feels as if the skis are undulating or porpoising. On the groomer the All-Terrain Rocker provides a forgiving ski experience. Skiers can suck bumps up, roll the ski over on edge easier, and drive through the turn. These skis have extreme all mountain versatility. Skis featuring All-Terrain Rocker are meant to explore the entire mountain in any snow condition. They can honestly do it all.


Jib Rocker:  featured ski–> the Domain, the Press


The most subdued profile of the three types, 20% tip and tail rocker transitions into an 80% flat contact with the snow. This profile gives unmatched park and slopestyle performance. The slight flare of tip and tail in combination with zero camber through the majority of the ski provide the freestyle skier with extremely easy ollie ability. With just the right amount of rocker in the tip and tail, presses can be held longer and more confidently. The flat contact sits neatly on the snow and maintains a predictable pop and solid edge hold. Surface switch ups and set ups for booters are effortless. Skis that feature Jib Rocker are playful, stomp-able, and lively. Park and slopestyle performance is maintained through rigorous repetition. Jib Rocker delivers the same response and drive every time. Predictable entry, performance during, and confident exit from tricky riding can be expected. Simply put, Jib Rocker makes park/slopestyle skis extremely fun.


Not just the profile but the entirety of the ski shape has been readdressed in 2014. K2 has divided their freeride skis into two categories: Directional and Bi-Directional. Directional Freeride skis, like the Annex Series, are hard charging fall line crushers. The nose of the Directional ski is wider than the heal. These skis can ski switch but the shape of the turn will not be the same as a turn facing forward. Bi-Directional Freeride skis, like the Shreditor series, are a playful and slarvy ski. The tip is only the slightest bit wider than the tail, allowing for a symmetric turn shape in the forward and switch positions. The Tapered Tip and Tail design lends the ski predictability and reduces deflection. The rocker is less extreme and the widest points of contact have been gently and gradually drawn back resulting in a smooth line from boot to end points. Powder Tip is a similar feature. This tech point is highlighted in the big boards and combines with the tip and tail taper to smooth the transition into the sidecut of the ski. The Progressive Sidecut of the 2014 K2 skis allows for varied turn shapes and maneuverability. By engineering the wider skis with multiple radii they feel like a narrower ski while on hardpack and become livelier in deep snow. K2 has calmed the geometry of the ski. Smoother lines equal smoother lines. The expanse of versatility in K2 skis is as endless as the creativity of the rider. Limitations are therefore practically nonexistent.

To ensure the bounty of versatility the innards of 2014 K2 skis have been doctored to walk the line between playfulness and performance. The Core differs from ski to ski but is made up of combinations of Aspen, Paulownia, Fir, and Maple. All four are lightweight and lively woods while simultaneously being rather strong. Using different combinations allows the ski to be built for specific use; drawing on the depth of flavor and character from each wood. The finest points from each are utilized to target flex, drive, and rebound. K2 then wraps the core in a Triaxial Braid, which is a patented process of weaving a pattern of fiberglass around the core.  This allows the wood to speak yet maintains torsional integrity. The playfulness/”poppiness” of the wood works in concert with the rigidity of the weave. The ski is then as lively as it is torsionally stiff. A beautiful combination that allows for an energetic and powerful ski experience. Expert skis in which the Metal Laminate, interspersing layers of fiberglass and titanal sandwiched around the core, is used have a stiff integrity as well as being very damp or having low vibrations. Carbon Web is featured in K2’s backcountry specific skis, like the Coomback and the Backdrop. In order to give these skis the same lively performance with confident torsional stiffness but an extremely low weight, carbon strands are woven and attached to the core at specific angles. This allows the ski to be extremely light, which is paramount for touring, without disregarding its downhill performance. The vast amount of technical refinement in the skis is a campaign of enjoyment. The internal mechanics drive the soul of the ski and enrich the soul of the skier.

The readdressed technology in this season’s line is an odyssey of the skiing spirit. A reinforcement of the stoke. K2 has been an industry leader since the production of their first ski. Their tradition of excellence in performance and creativity is in full bounty this season. Nothing can whet the appetite of a ravenous powder hound except for that which is endlessly sought. Ski films, articles, last seasons pictures can stave off the incessant desire but only for so long. That day comes when the beast must be let out to rip mountain crumbling slashes and send powder clouds into his face. The monster must be fed. In 2014, K2 has the tools to get the goods and perform. Whether pure powder, all mountain versatility, or park trickery; the 2014 K2 Ski line is a refined set. Cutting edge technology. Cutting edge performance. Pure enjoyment.

By: Paddy O’Connell