Let's Talk About Weight...

Weight, such an important thing in ski performance. But what does weight actually mean to ski performance? Is light weight right? Is heavy better? Is there a happy middle ground? 

For us weight is an important part of performance. What is important through is to define what that performance actually means. We don't go modify skis to chase a target weight, it's a driven factor, not a driving part of the design. Most of our skis land middle of the road for weight coming in around 2,000 grams per ski depending on the length. For resort you have a ski that feels light enough to keep your legs fresh and stable all day, while being nimble, but also a ski that has enough mass to feel stable and not tossed around by changing snow conditions.

Weight as a part of ski touring becomes a bit more heavily debated and opinionated. Most of the touring community chases increasingly lightweight setups, but what you're left with is a ski that feels hollow and skis like carbon toothpicks. We are big believers in the philosophy of "get stronger, not lighter". We don't want balsa cores laminated heavily with carbon fiber, they just don't ski downhill that great, don't get us wrong, they're amazing on the way up. But it turns out, hiking up a mountain in winter isn't the easiest thing no matter how nasa influenced your gear is. So we'll trade a heavier and slower setup on the way up for the confidence to really ski and enjoy the way down. There's no wrong way, but that's our feelings towards weight as a part of design and ski performance. And if you are looking to turn some Ellis skis into your 80% resort and 20% backcountry setup, we strongly recommend going with the Cast Touring system. 

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