Wednesday, April 4, 2007
In February I bought a new pair Ski Trab Stelvio Freerides, a light, mid-fat, fairly stiff ski for my backcountry tours. I'm awed by their outstanding performance on everything from deep untracked powder in the Monashees to windpack and crust at Copper Mountain to powder, icy groomers, frozen moguls, sloppy crud, and very dense wind deposits at Alta last weekend. These are the lightest, most manoeverable, most forgiving and yet stable and strong-edging skis I've ever used. By far. Observers noted that I was skiing more smoothly, more balanced, faster. It's rare that a new piece of gear is such a great fit. Italian design and craftsmanship at its best.