Dirtbag: K2 Mod Something-or-Other

Dirtbag: K2 Mod Something-or-Other

Lussier, Alex
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My preferred tele ski is the K2 Mod Something-or-Other, circa 2000. These skis are not too fat, not too skinny... juuuust right. Fat skis are nice in the powder but useless on the hardpack. If you wanna be able to carve it up in a GS course, you need your ski a little skinnier underfoot for leverage, with a decent amount of sidecut, and long enough for stability. The Mod is of medium stiffness, and a little softer in the tip and tail for a gentle touch on the snow, because, let’s face it, hardpack in Montana is never really that hard. These skis aren’t the best for powder but a perfect all-around choice. If you can get your hands on a pair of those “previous generation” skis, they won’t break your piggy bank (I got mine at the ski swap for $60) or your heart when you nail a rock at Bridger and gouge a four-inch gash in the base.

As for alpine skis, for hybrid GS/powder/bump machines, I use whatever I can slap bindings on that falls along the same general guidelines: medium stiffness, softer in the tip, with a sidecut of 110-ish-80-ish-100-ish. Enough stats—let’s go skiing!




Alex Lussier is a dedicated (read: obsessed) ski-racer-turned telemark/alpine-weekend-warrior. Alex has won several Community Race Series telemark races, the Bridger Bump-Off (tele division), the Bridger Gully Free Ride (alpine and tele divisions), the Moonlight Basin Headwaters Spring Runoff (on alpine gear), and has taken the Pinhead Classic “Best Air” prize. Somebody please give this guy a new pair of skis.
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