Stockli Ski Review

Stockli Ski Review

Based in Switzerland, Stockli isn’t a major player in the US market, and the company’s skis can be hard to find. Manufactured with the same attention to detail as the heralded Swiss watches, Stockli’s skis are built with a sandwich construction, with both wood and synthetic cores, and the company isn’t afraid to tap into outside expertise to help design the freeride line. Both Scot Schmidt and Dominique Perret have left their mark on the company’s big-mountain tools. With three new park and pipe offerings, Stockli is bringing the durability and toughness of their big-mountain line to jibbers. Unfortunately we did not get the company’s 2008 product to test, so stoke meter ratings are N/A.

Stormrider DP Pro

Lenth: 174, 184, 193, 201
Dimensions: 125-94-111
MSRP: $1,050 Stoke: N/A

Legendary French big-mountain athlete Dominique Perret designed this wood-core ski with a sandwich construction. The ski features an asymmetric tail with polyamide inserts that allows the skis to be swapped from right to left to change their performance. When the polyamide inserts are on the inside of the ski, the DP Pro is, according to Stockli, torsionally softer, for a surfy ride in powder. Swap the skis from right to left (with the inserts on the outside edge) and the ski performs better on hard snow conditions.

Stormrider Scot Schmidt

Length: 178, 188
Dimensions: 122-89-112
MSRP: $1,040 Stoke: N/A

Scot Schmidt’s pro model, the Stormrider Scot Schmidt, returns unchanged for 2008. In past years, Freeskier staffers have found that this ski likes to go fast and straight. Available only in North America, the Scot Schmidt features a wood core, sandwich construction and is relatively beefy. Only the strong need apply.

Stormrider XXXL

Length: 164, 178, 188
Dimensions: 122-89-112
MSRP: $1,040 Stoke: N/A

The XXXL is billed as Stockli’s big-mountain, off-piste ski. At just under 90 mm at the waist, some skiers will find this ski a bit narrow. However, there’s no doubt that the relatively stiff, directional, wood-core XXXL can handle speed and — given the ski’s footprint — make long radius turns. Skiers who like the feeling of a race ski, and who tend to carve their turns no matter what the snow conditions should enjoy the XXXL.

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