Testing skis so you don't have to.
- Mar 5, 2017
Andy Mink: Moving the shape of the Alchemist 100 RP (resort powder) down to the 90 waist size, DPS has created a fun, light ski for the lift-served powder seeker who encounters all the other conditions getting to and from the good stuff. The 90 RP is light enough for hike-to terrain yet very composed on the harder groomers experienced on the first run of the day during a low-tide period at Mammoth Mountain. Long turns, short turns, carved turns, slarved turns -- all were easy on this ski. For a ski with a lot of carbon (aka light), it is still quite smooth and damp due to aspen and ash in the layup. This ski is, in a word, fun!
Insider tip: With longer rise in tip and tail, don't be afraid to size up to get to your normal snow contact length for better groomer performance.
Wade Holiday: This DPS boasts nice flex, shape, and feel at moderate speeds. The shovel design is friendly, but can be a bit vague “on” the snow vs “in” the snow. Tail design has more contact and feels solid, but the ski can feel a bit conflicted in shaped turns and bumps due to a softer entry into the turn and more solid finish. Would be happier in slightly softer snow imo.
Insider tip: Mount point felt right, it skied a bit short. Choice of two colors.
- Who is it for?
- Skiers looking for a ski light enough to hike with but strong enough to get down the groomers. Softer-snow-biased intermediate to expert skiers who enjoy a light and lively feel.
- Who is it not for?
- This ski won't satisfy the skier who lives to make trenches. It can carve, but there are better tools if that's all you want to do. The heavy and the speedy.
- Skier ability
- Intermediate, Advanced
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes
- Moguls, Off Piste, Trees, Touring/Backcountry
- Men, Women