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Park and 'Pipe Skis 2003: Jib It Up!

Park and 'Pipe Skis 2003: Jib It Up!

Gear
By Krista Crabtree
posted: 09/12/2002

Things are changing in the ski industry: Young athletes are talking and ski companies are listening-closely. Halfpipes and terrain parks are en vogue, enticing a new culture not just to the ski resorts, but to the mountains.

"The athletes tell us what they want," says Head Product Manager Bill McSherry. "They want a one-size-fits-all ski. They want to ride the whole mountain, not just the pipe and park. They want one ski, and they want to use it all the time." Many park-and-pipe skis are now double-billed as all-mountain skis, and twin-tips now fit a multi-generational mentality.

"What we now call Freestyle, also known as New School or twin-tip, is clearly the brightest spot in an otherwise slowing market," says Salomon's Ted Wardlaw. "Twin-tips are a viable category that has seen significant growth over the past three seasons. New School skiing is youth-driven, uncharted territory. These kids are taking expression to the sport in a way that had previously been reserved for skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. The best part: There aren't any rules to what the kids do. It's purely about having fun and trying new things."

Pipe and Park skis are more versatile than ever-and they're not just for kids anymore. Here's a look at what's out there for 2002-03. For each manufacturer, we've listed the models available, along with price (manufacturer's suggested retail-you'll probably pay less); lengths available (in centimeters); dimensions (tip-waist-tail, in millimeters); and sidecut radius (in meters).

[250AD CENTER]ATOMIC
The Tweak is Atomic's hard core park and pipe ski. The construction combines Beta Technology (Triple Beta Profile-shaped like a bee on its back) and carbon Power Channels, which extend along the edge of the ski designed to take in energy and distribute it as well as provide good edge control. The core is made of Densolite, a light-celled material.
Models:
Tweak
$495
106/70/97
163,178
18m at 178cm

BLIZZARD
Blizzard, now part of Dalbello Sports, has decisively cut out marketing from its agenda. And its twin-tips can only be found in specialty stores. The TT has vertically laminated wood torsion box construction with a full wrap of fiberglass all around the core. The PP has vertically laminated wood torsion-box construction with a soft flex and uses an Integral aircell construction (foam). One of the unique features of the models is the tail protector. A patented exterior element on the tail of the ski, the protector is designed for skiers who typically walk up the hill in the park or pipe. The tail protectors guard the tail when skiers use the skis to help them walk.
Models:
PP X 80
$400
140-160
108/75/100
15.5m @ 160cm
Carvelino B
$350
99
108/88/100
9.2m @ 99cm
Carvelino J
$225
65
110/88/95
4m @ 65cm

DYNASTAR
Dynastar brings back the Concept and adds new graphics. The Concept is dubbed a high performance jib ski adept at skiing the entire mountain. Its construction includes a full-length wood core, "power spring" laminates, a deep sidecut, wide balance platform and fiberglass laminates to improve durability. A wider platform underfoot makes the ski easier to carve and balance. The Snap, available in shorter sizes, is Dynastar's least expensive twin-tip, targeted at younger customers and aspiring new-schoolers. It features Dynastars' PinTail Technology-the tail is relatively narrow for easy turn-release. The Little Big Fat is Dynastar's new backcountry twin-tip-complete with dragon graphics and a design meant to "push the spirit of the terrain park all over the biggest mountains."
Models:
Concept
$500
153-178
103/72/95
17.5m @ 165cm
Snap
$450
140-160
91/68/103
16m @ 160cm
Little Big Fat
$650
158-178
116/88/103
24m @ 168cm

ELAN
The AMP targets w-school skiers, park-and-pipe addicts and skiercross competitors. It has a laminated wood core and features the Express System pressure bars system, a 3 mm Integrated Plate and a rounded, turned-up tail with shock-absorption insert. This technology offers the skier stability for accurate approaches and absorption for cushy landings. The upturned tail of the ski tends to sheer off the snow.
Models:
AMP
$600
175-185
105/76/90
30m @ 185cm

FISCHER
Fischer brings back the Airstyle unchanged this season but adds the new AirStyle NT. Created with Team Rider Matt Sterbenz, the NT's straight sidewalls are durable and help to hold hard landings. It's a wood-core, laminate construction. The twin tips and a wider platform make the ski versatile for the park or a backcountry kicker. The AirStyle has a vertical laminate wood-core construction with a sheet of carbon/fiberglass weave to provide flexibility and resiliency. It has a softer flex than the NT and is designed for developing new-schoolers moving to the halfpipe and park.
Models:
AirStyle NT
$600
170,180
111/79/103
25m @ 180cm
AirStyle
$499
143-183
104/74/96
20m @163cm

HEAD
All of the skis in the New School Series are designed for durability-and abuse. They all have a matte finish topsheet designed to take a beating, and they all feature a full vertically laminated wood-core construction designed to be a solid ski that will hold up to lots of landings. The Mad Trix Mogul is designed for the new world of freestyle skiing and was used by Jonny Moseley in the Olympics.
Models:
MadTrix
$550
163-190
105/71/101
19m @ 180cm
MadTrix MT 4
$525
145,154
108/73/103
13.2m @ 154cm
MadTrix Mogul
$600
171-181
90/61/81
27m @ 181cm

K2
The Enemy is designed with both park-and-pipe and all mountain skiing in mind. Its 75 mm waist makes it easier to land big airs, while its deep sidecut makes it versatile for inbounds skiing. A combination fir/spruce wood core and "triaxially braided" fiberglass give it increased torsional strength and durability while keeping it easy to flex. For kids, the MinEnemy is marketed as an all mountain ski with twin-tip: fat and wide under foot with a soft flex. "Our team riders continue to help us push the envelope of ski design," says Jeff Mechura, Product Manager for K2. "Skis are getting wider with more sidecut and need to be as versatile in the park as they are in the backcountry."
Models:
Enemy
$375
163-183 109/75/97
22m @ 183cm
MinEnmey
$250
124-146
109/75/97
14m @ 146cm
AK Enemy
$750
188
118/90/108
30m @ 188cm

LINE
Line's goal is to manufacture all-mountain skis that excel in the park. "We consider our skis to be all mountain freeride skis," says Jason Levinthal, president of Line. "They have a tail like a snowboard but have the versatility of being able to bring it into the park. The future of skiing is broad and this is one of the more broad products you can make." Line's twin-tips have a wood core wrapped in fiberglass, "but it's the geometry and the flex pattern that the performance comes from: our secret recipe," Levinthal says. "A progressive stance moves the boot slightly forward and makes the ski evenly balanced from tip to tail." The Twelve Sixty is dubbed Line's ultimate park ski, while the pro models and Maverick are park/all-mountain.
Models:
Mothership
$775
172-192
127/97/117
21m @ 182cm
Darkside
$710
165-185
110/73/98
18.5m @ 175cm
Skogen Sprang Pro
$710
176
108/78/100
19m @ 176cm
Twelve Sixty
$550
153-182
104/76/95
18.5m @ 164cm
Maverick
$460
153
102/76/93
17.5m @ 153cm
Mike Nick Pro
$710
171
106/78/95
20m @ 171cm
Ghetto Blaster
$400
133,142
98/76/91
16.5m @ 142cm
Pro w/Pro Binding
$440
90,98
119/100/119
8.5m @ 98cm
Fly w/Fly Binding
$325
90,99
108/90/105
8.5m @ 99cm

NORDICA
Nordica's entire BEAST collection is twin-tips. The Beast 74TT,69TT and 69TT SLE are available only with the new Nordica binding and plate combination called the Synergy System. The Beast 92 and 74 have the most dramatic turned-up tails, however the BEAST 69 and 69 SLE have significant turned-up tails, too. Nordica Alpine Product Manager Andy Hare says, "By turning up the tails on the Beast collection, the skis become incredibly versatile. The turned-up tail allows the ski to release out of the turn easier, making navigation through crud, tight spots and moguls much easier. The turned up tail also allows the new generation of skiers to opportunity to experiment with their skiing."
Models:
Beast 92 TT
$875
166-188
124/92/116
25m @ 177cm
Beast 74 TT
$1,000
153-183
110/74/102
19m @ 173cm
Beast 69 TT
$935
144-177
106/69/96
17m @ 166cm
Beast 69 TT SLE
$890
144-177
106/69/96
17m @ 166cm
Beast 72 TT
$500
155-177
110/72/98
18m @ 166cm

ROSSIGNOL
Scratch BC is touted as "a new-school backcountry ski" designed for gap jumps and backcountry jibbing. Scratch FS is a freestyle ski for the terrain park, but it's which is also designed as a high-performance ski for the whole mountain. Scratch BC and Scratch FS have a Triple Hybrid Core, round tip, progressive sidecut with a slope of 30 degrees and rounded tips and tails.
Models:
Scratch BC
$679
176-188
122/90/115
21.3m @ 182cm
Scratch FS
$569
168-180
110/80/103
21.2m @ 174cm

SALOMON
Teneighty is totally new this season: New shape, new construction, new sizes. Teneighty applies Salomon's Monocoque "single-wall" construction. With Monocoque, the cap is the load-bearing component, designed to be lightweight but still strong. The core is made of Powerfoam PU and the base is transparent. Mounted slightly forward, the ski is fairly stiff in the forebody and its wide body makes it a stable landing platform. The Pocket Rocket is designed for tricks in the backcountry, with Monocoque lite composite construction. It has changed only its graphics from last season.
Models:
Teneighty
$675
161-181
114/80/108
18m @ 181cm
Pocket Rocket
$775
165-185
122/90/115
21m @ 185cm

VOLANT
V2 refers to the new Volant technology: The second generation, or Version 2, of the original Machete 69. Building a whole new Volant company comes with its restraints this season. But Volant plans to launch three new twin tips this winter: The Machete Spatula, the Machete FB and its sister in the Genesis series. The Spatula is a reverse-camber, reverse-sidecut Valdez-style ski that team rider Shane McConkey developed. Volant is currently prototyping a new 69 Twin that should be available later in 2003.
Models:
V2
$599
158-178
107/76/97
23m @ 178cm

VOLKL
There is no metal in the V, which makes it light for maneuverability in the park and pipe. Volkl's Powerframe construction blends the race ski recipe with the latest technology of a vertical sidewall and cap. The new pipe-and-park skis for Volkl is the V Expression, with a low retail price. It's a full wood core ski with a lightweight glass construction, more pronounced tips and a dense, sintered base. The V Pro is the big-mountain version of the V Legend.
Models:
V Expression
$450
158-178
105/75/98
23m @ 178cm
V Legend
$585
158-178
105/75/98
23m @ 178cm
V Pro
$64 $710
171
106/78/95
20m @ 171cm
Ghetto Blaster
$400
133,142
98/76/91
16.5m @ 142cm
Pro w/Pro Binding
$440
90,98
119/100/119
8.5m @ 98cm
Fly w/Fly Binding
$325
90,99
108/90/105
8.5m @ 99cm

NORDICA
Nordica's entire BEAST collection is twin-tips. The Beast 74TT,69TT and 69TT SLE are available only with the new Nordica binding and plate combination called the Synergy System. The Beast 92 and 74 have the most dramatic turned-up tails, however the BEAST 69 and 69 SLE have significant turned-up tails, too. Nordica Alpine Product Manager Andy Hare says, "By turning up the tails on the Beast collection, the skis become incredibly versatile. The turned-up tail allows the ski to release out of the turn easier, making navigation through crud, tight spots and moguls much easier. The turned up tail also allows the new generation of skiers to opportunity to experiment with their skiing."
Models:
Beast 92 TT
$875
166-188
124/92/116
25m @ 177cm
Beast 74 TT
$1,000
153-183
110/74/102
19m @ 173cm
Beast 69 TT
$935
144-177
106/69/96
17m @ 166cm
Beast 69 TT SLE
$890
144-177
106/69/96
17m @ 166cm
Beast 72 TT
$500
155-177
110/72/98
18m @ 166cm

ROSSIGNOL
Scratch BC is touted as "a new-school backcountry ski" designed for gap jumps and backcountry jibbing. Scratch FS is a freestyle ski for the terrain park, but it's which is also designed as a high-performance ski for the whole mountain. Scratch BC and Scratch FS have a Triple Hybrid Core, round tip, progressive sidecut with a slope of 30 degrees and rounded tips and tails.
Models:
Scratch BC
$679
176-188
122/90/115
21.3m @ 182cm
Scratch FS
$569
168-180
110/80/103
21.2m @ 174cm

SALOMON
Teneighty is totally new this season: New shape, new construction, new sizes. Teneighty applies Salomon's Monocoque "single-wall" construction. With Monocoque, the cap is the load-bearing component, designed to be lightweight but still strong. The core is made of Powerfoam PU and the base is transparent. Mounted slightly forward, the ski is fairly stiff in the forebody and its wide body makes it a stable landing platform. The Pocket Rocket is designed for tricks in the backcountry, with Monocoque lite composite construction. It has changed only its graphics from last season.
Models:
Teneighty
$675
161-181
114/80/108
18m @ 181cm
Pocket Rocket
$775
165-185
122/90/115
21m @ 185cm

VOLANT
V2 refers to the new Volant technology: The second generation, or Version 2, of the original Machete 69. Building a whole new Volant company comes with its restraints this season. But Volant plans to launch three new twin tips this winter: The Machete Spatula, the Machete FB and its sister in the Genesis series. The Spatula is a reverse-camber, reverse-sidecut Valdez-style ski that team rider Shane McConkey developed. Volant is currently prototyping a new 69 Twin that should be available later in 2003.
Models:
V2
$599
158-178
107/76/97
23m @ 178cm

VOLKL
There is no metal in the V, which makes it light for maneuverability in the park and pipe. Volkl's Powerframe construction blends the race ski recipe with the latest technology of a vertical sidewall and cap. The new pipe-and-park skis for Volkl is the V Expression, with a low retail price. It's a full wood core ski with a lightweight glass construction, more pronounced tips and a dense, sintered base. The V Pro is the big-mountain version of the V Legend.
Models:
V Expression
$450
158-178
105/75/98
23m @ 178cm
V Legend
$585
158-178
105/75/98
23m @ 178cm
V Pro
$645
170-190
113/83/105
27m @ 190cm
Explosive
$695
170-190
120/95/112
36m @ 190cm

Krista Crabtree is an associate editor for SKI Magazine. $645
170-190
113/83/105
27m @ 190cm
Explosive
$695
170-190
120/95/112
36m @ 190cm

Krista Crabtree is an associate editor for SKI Magazine.

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