SkiTalk Test Team
Testing skis so you don't have to.
- Mar 5, 2017
Length Tested: 168
Locations: Snowbasin, UT & Mt. Rose, NV
Conditions Tested in: All
We were fortunate to get on the all new Salomon Stance collection at Snowbasin eary in January during a nice weather event that dropped 5 + inches of Utah powder.
This new construction added metal with cut outs in the tip and tail, making the ski more responsive and a bit more energetic than its predecessor. This is just the update that this beauty needed to make it playful in the bumps, and responsive when you make your way through trees and on groomers. This made for a super fun exprience on a day like this when the 5 inches of fresh got tracked out and needed a little power to get through the chop.
When a ski brand has a successful ski, and decides to change it, there is a potential of losing the interest of those who liked the previous construction. In this case I believe those who liked the old Stance will enjoy the updates in this new Stance.
- Insider tip: Pair this ski with the Salomon binding in purple for a little extra pop.
Size tested: 168
Location tested: Snowbasin, UT
Conditions tested in: Soft hero groomers, soft cut up off-piste powder and bumps
Salomon has made a few minor changes to the Stance lineup, so I was excited to get out and try out the newly-revamped models in ideal snow conditions. It took me about two runs on the 88s to get a good feel for them, as they felt a bit springy at first; the harder I stood on the outside ski, the more energy they gave back and I was quickly delighted with how much fun they were. I also found that new 88 did seem to "punch above it's width" in powder. Turn initiation and release was fluid, easy, and effortless. The Stance have a fairly damp, smooth ride, which are qualities I appreciate in a ski. But probably my favorite thing about them was how easy they were for me to ski the cut up powder/crud and soft moguls.
- Who is it for?
- Someone looking for an energetic 88 daily driver. An intermediate to advanced skier who doesn't want to question their ski choice for the day.
- Who is it not for?
- A skier who never ventures off-piste. Someone who wants a super damp ski.
- Skier ability
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes
- Off Piste
- Available sizes
- 154, 161, 168, 174
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- Rocker profile
- Camber with tip and tail rocker
- Size Scaling
- Construction design
- Updated construction
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- Binding options