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Powder Ski Design w/ Folsom's Mike McCabe

Ep. 243

Today we’re talking about skis built for the deepest of days, the ones we dream about — and the kind that Mike McCabe and Jonathan Ellsworth were fortunate enough to ski recently in Alaska. And if you’ve ever heard someone say, “All skis are great in pow,” well, they’re here to blow up that notion. So what design elements work best in deep snow? What about low-angle terrain vs. steeper terrain? How wide is too wide? Is a softer flex pattern better? They discuss all of this and more.

TOPICS & TIMES 

  • What did you learn in Alaska? (4:01)
  • Rethinking Ski Length (8:18)
  • Width (9:32)
  • Misconceptions about Skiing Deep Snow (12:10)
  • Snow Variability (16:59)
  • Steep Terrain & Other Variables (22:19)
  • Folsom G-Wagon (29:47)
  • Folsom Rapture & Low-Angle Deep Snow (38:10)
  • Figuring out Scale in AK (42:40)
  • Slope Angles & Ski Design (46:20)
  • R&D Trip / Pinnacle Conditions (57:00)
  • Mike’s ‘Crashes & Close Calls’ Story (1:03:17)
  • What We’re Celebrating (1:10:22)

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