I have skied on the DPS Wailer Alchemist 112 for a year now and now have the luxury of a 100 for our conditions here in the East. They have not disappointed me! Several days of typical Spring conditions, AM ice, PM soft, have convinced me that they are indeed my ski! But the best part of it is that I get to deal with the folks at Cripple Creek Backcountry!
Thanks for the survey, but my gear still isn’t ready... hoping you guys get them mounted soon so I can go take some free heel turns!
I’m extremely satisfied with the service I received from both Mike’s and the gear itself. It’s apparent that you are running a very tight ship over there and I’m so happy you have come to the metro area. Keep up the good work!!!
Before I got the Wailers, I had a pair of skis that were too light and flexible for my 205lbs frame. These were great. I have full control in all spring conditions and they turn on a dime. I know I gave up a bit on weight, but for a power skier like me, the lighter flexible skis just didn’t work. And it’s not like these are heavy!!!
I tested DPS skis as part of our training in ski testing. I am PSIA Certified Level 3 from Vermont. Terry Barbour (PSIA National Demonstration Team Alumni) led our testing session. We skied (1) run on each of (4) different skis. I tested for 6 different performance situations. Easy groomed skiddy turns, Frozen chicken heads in small bumps with a little fresh snow blown in, Short turns on blue groomed terrain, Medium radius turns on blue groomed terrain, Long turns on steeper blue terrain and long Railroad Track turns on steeper blue terrain.
I won't go into detail per se', but here is my take away. This ski is very forgiving. When skied with little edge angle, it is buttery smooth and not the least bit nervous. When pressured more forward, the tails will drift out and around but not dramatically, just smoothly and predictable. Great for buttering in the bumps. When tipped further onto edge, the engagement was sure footed and easy to meter the skid vs carve. Again no drama here, just nicely responsive. When at higher speeds, I felt confident to dump on to a full on RR Track carve and the ski bent nicely into a comfortable arc. It was packed powder, kinda firm underneath that leaving a 2" deep rut, the skis felt stable carving. In the Chicken head bumps this ski rode very manageable. I was able to make medium radius turns in the small crusty bumps without worrying. Skied it later off Tram, Snowfields, Great Falls. Perfect ski for that. Solidly stable even fast in the steeps.