2012-2013 LINE Stepup

Where the Stepup performed best, in my opinion, was in remaining stable on landings. During the testing period, Park City’s snow conditions were reminiscent of riding parks in the East. Utah was in the middle of a dry spell, and jump landings were growing more and more bulletproof each day. Even in these conditions, though, the Stepup remained rock solid. If I took too much speed into a jump and took considerable impact when putting down the landing gear, not once did the ski waver or wash out. In these types of situations, the ski managed to recoil properly and keep me on my feet. In this regard, the Stepup performs similarly to the Moment Reno Jib. I felt like I could trust the Jib on larger jumps, and not once did I doubt the Stepup in this context.

When I was finished testing and returned to my own park ski, the Bluehouse Antics, I genuinely missed the steadiness and solidity of the Stepup. The reason I enjoyed riding the Stepup so much was that it took the positive qualities of both of the skis I was most recently riding, and ran with them. The Stepup incorporated the stability of the Moment Reno Jib with the fun, poppy flex of the Bluehouse Antics without feeling like a wet noodle, as the Antics sometimes do.

I’ll be perfectly honest and say that when it comes to judging a park ski, a ski’s performance on groomers and in the bumps typically doesn’t matter to me. I was shocked, however, to find how exceptionally well the Stepup performed in these two areas. On the corduroy, the ski initiated tight-radius turns with a certain snap that would make a slalom ski envious. This quality carried over into the zipper bump lines and made skiing moguls in a park ski manageable. Typically, I equate skiing bumps in a jib ski to walking with cinder blocks attached to my feet, but the Stepup felt rather agile.

The Stepup’s single distinct drawback is weight. At 1,920 grams per ski, this Stepup is heavier than most comparable park skis on the market. I noticed this aspect most when spinning on or off rails and when doing larger-spin tricks on jumps. For example, when doing a 270 on to a high down rail, the pop of the ski will allow you to get up on to the rail, but the swing weight of the ski will make it excessively difficult to whip the rotation around quickly. On jumps, I found the additional weight to be a hindrance during bigger spins like cork 900s or switch 1080s because the skis would almost resist spinning with the rest of my body, and lag behind.

Even with this shortcoming, I was impressed with the Line Stepup. The ski has tremendous pop, but remains stiff and stable. Accordingly, I would recommend this ski to the serious competitor and the recreational park rider alike. It performed well around the mountain and on all of the eclectic variety of terrain park features that Park City and Northstar-At-Tahoe had to offer—the big, the small, the weird, and the conventional.

5 thoughts on “2012-2013 LINE Stepup

  1. This sounds like an ideal ski for the casual terrain park fan. Is there anything else in this category to consider? I am looking for something for hard snow days with my friends where I need a break from groomers and can hit the park for a while, then meet back up with them and keep skiing without heading to the car to dip into the quiver. I have heard the Stockli Rotor 84 works well for this too; do you have any suggestions? Thanks for the great review, and the stellar vimeo of airtime…

  2. I’m relatively unfamiliar with the Rotor 84, but in my experience, there are few park skis that can match the Stepup’s ability to rail on groomers and transition right into the park. I found the Nordica Ace of Spades falls within this category with its unmatched ability to remain stable and hold an edge on steep groomers, icy half pipe walls, and big park jumps. The Stockli may excel as a hybrid park/all-mountain ski, but I bet the Stepup’s versatility would give the Rotor 84 a run for its money at half the MSRP of the Stockli.

  3. ive been rocking these in France this season,
    not the perfect all round ski, but pretty damn good at everything,
    on hard packed piste they hold well and carve surprisingly good,
    in the park they are great, enough pop to be useful with out being to sloppy,
    in the crud and light powder (5-10cm) is where they really come into there own, super responsive and have enough float,
    in the deep powder they are still hard work, and you spend a lot of time in the back seat trying to keep the tips clear of the snow, i think if they were a bit wider under foot or had rocker tip and tail then that would have made then a perfect all mountain all condition ski

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