I’ve acquired a slight addiction for skis since I moved out to CO. Like any hobby, you always need the newest, flashiest, most improved product on the market at that time. The more bells & whistles, the better. The ski industry takes this to a whole new level. Rocker, camber, sidewall, Mod, hybritech… every time you turn around, there’s a new term and/or feature to improve your powder day experiences.
Last winter, I was hooked up with a pair of LINE skis (Prophet 90) and absolutely fell in love with them. Their light-weight design, lightening fast reflexes and unbelievable edge control made it the perfect All-Mountain ski. With the ridiculously unpredictable conditions here in Telluride (it could be Sunny & 50º in town and by the time you reach Gold Hill (12,200+ ft.) it will be dumping and 5º) it worked any and everywhere, any and everyday – powder, chowder, flat, steep, bumpy, groomers, trees & peaks. After skiing K2 (blah) and Volkl (heavy) for a couple years… skiing big mountain on LINE’s made it almost too easy. Like I was floating in slow motion, but had the power of a NASCAR under my feet. Effortless turns in even the tightest spots. But it’s time to move on. You can’t ski the same pair two seasons in a row. It’s a weird superstition I have… like not washing your ski boot socks for an entire season (136 days) helps to “guard” you from getting injured (gross, but true). For the 2011/2012 season, I’m super excited to ski LINE’s brand new powder addition, Mr. Pollard’s Opus.
Opus is defined as ”A great work of art or literature, especially the greatest single work of an artist”. In Eric Pollard’s case, his 2012 LINE Opus ski was developed with over 13 years of progressing powder skiing & innovative ski designs with LINE. Pollard is the man in the ski industry. Skier, designer, director & lots more… the dude does it all. And he rips. He claims his new design are “honestly the best skis I have ever skied” – The LINE Opus ski is a breakthrough in versatility within the powder ski category. LINE actually lowered the Early Rise™ tip geometry enabling it to PLANE INSTEAD OF PLOW in the powder. They also reduced the length of Early Taper™ putting 20% more Active Edge™ length in contact with the snow than others in it’s class, for MORE GRIP & LESS SLIP.