It’s not at all uncommon to have a brand push their ‘single quiver’ ski to the market as something that will tackle every unpredictable weather condition you face in the mountains. However, Elan have replied with the most predictable ski on the market; a ski which really does tick every box. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.
By sporting a 96mm waist width, it can be hard to believe that the Ripstick has such predictability on hardpack snow. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that the ski struggles to cut loose when thrown onto its edge. Freeride performance is the key metric when dealing with a ski at this width. It doesn’t disappoint when taken into the soft snow, and comes with a powerful yet playful feel in an extremely lightweight package.
Wider options of this ski are also available from Elan in a 106 and 116. The 96mm variant is tapered from a monstrous, for its size, 136mm wide tip. It’spacked with the Vapor Tip inserts, which is in the area of the ski that will come into contact with the snow initially before sending you soaring onto the top layer of snow and charging down everything below.
Elan have really built this ski for the adventurous skier who wants to be able to absolutely maximise things in unpredictable off piste conditions, and bring a playful and powerful style of riding to the mixer. It’s also great for laying down back to back carves on the iciest morning groomers without having to make an awkward ski change in the middle of the day.
It is certainly not outside the realms of possibility to attach a hike and ride binding to this ski, and get on some early morning tours. It is light enough to efficiently glide up the snow on the way up, and is well-suited to charging through that snow on the way back down. The Ripstick 96 is one of the best all-mountain skis we’ve been on this season, and we believe it will continue to stay unchallenged at the top of its category moving forward. Why? Because no ski really tackles the varying terrain of the alps as good as this. Seriously, try it. You’ll not be disappointed
What Is The Elan Ripstick 96 Good At?
Soft Snow: 9/10