The Ripstick thrills the most demanding skiers in all corners of the globe and takes on any slope and style with full confidence. It is a playful, friendly and deftly capable ski. But their development took a lifetime of knowledge, innovation, deliberation and persistence.
A great pair of skis is like a trusty workhorse. They sleep while standing, work in the most challenging weather, and can reliably endure being pushed, pulled, twisted and tortured, without complaint. A workhorse’s stamina knows no limits and operates under the premise “It’s all in a days work”. And just like the farmer appreciates the workhorse, skiers appreciate the dependability of their trusted tools. Nothing can get in the way of carving tight arcs, smearing turns, straightlining chutes and floating in powder. True skiers know how to appreciate its loyalty. They spoil their skis with a hot coat of wax, quickly care for any damage, gently finesse the edge with a diamond stone and carefully prep them for another day of work. And the next morning they do it all over again, throughout the winter until springtime consumes the snowpack. Their story is an epic poem of sports, sung by two bodies merged into a single spirit. Skis can be beautiful and smart or unattractive and clumsy. Skis can be envious too, because some can achieve anything they want while others just skid around and burn out after a moment of glory ...
"The skis are amazing, powerful, responsive... I was totally blown away..." Glen Plake
All of the above holds true for the Elan Ripstick series. The collection ranges from 86 to 116 millimeters wide and are designed to rip through powder and variable conditions. Their width provides enough float for the deepest champagne powder days and the pronounced sidecut provides relentless on piste performance. “When I first grabbed a pair I was a bit skeptical. The skis were so light, perhaps even too light. When I dropped them on the snow they made a different sound. But when I stepped in the bindings and made a few turns my initial reservations melted away. The skis are amazing, powerful, responsive ... I was totally blown away,” said Glen Plake, one of the greatest freeride skiers of all time, about his first meeting with the Ripstick skis that have since become his most trusted gear.
Of course, none of this visually stunning ski’s performance characteristics happened by chance. Elan’s engineers have surprised the skiing world and thrilled skiers countless times with innovation over the years. The task we set out for them with the Ripstick took plenty of digging into their arsenal of knowledge and experience. The goal was to create a lightweight, high performance freeride ski with no limitations. But no existing solution was enough to satisfy the challenge, so they went back to what they do best – thinking laterally and inventing new solutions. If you need something that does not exist, there is nothing else to do but to make it from scratch.