When Volant ceased Denver operations, Shane McConkey took his Spatula to K2 while the Volant engineer who made them teamed up with Stephan Drake to found DPS in 2005. With models like the Lotus 138, DPS was serious about rockered super-fats from the start. Direct-to-consumer marketing has evolved into a growing presence in shops as well. Some models are Chinese-made, though DPS will soon begin making all carbon-fiber models in the U.S.
Origin: Salt Lake City, Utah
Ski Shown: Wailer 112RP
A well-engineered blend of rocker, early taper, and camber, the 112RP prefers powder but also executes in firm conditions.