The Slasher proved to be stable enough for straight airs, yet surprisingly nimble for throwing tricks.
And the landings were even better, thanks to the Slasher’s rockered tip. The early rise shape (which resembles the early rise profiles of the Salomon Rocker 2 and Dynastar Cham) not only planes when making turns, but is a great profile for landing airs in soft snow. As the rear two-thirds of the ski would sink upon landing, the tip maintained floatation, making it easy to rise out of bomb holes. This feature worked especially well on flatter landings (which I normally avoid at all costs, but sometimes a line presents a cliff that requires a drop).
My next test on the Slashers occurred in spring-like conditions a week before closing day at Taos. For a week, the mountain had seen 70-plus-degree temps, and I rode the Slashers for a couple runs in the Hunzkier Basin to test their performance on slush bumps and mushy groomers. The rockered tip was beneficial for planing above steady piles of slush, yet the lightness of the ski made it prone to ricocheting off the isolated piles. I also noticed some difficulty with edge control on icier sections and opted that night to put a full tune back on the skis.
A week later, Taos received yet another 15” of unexpected snow. Temps were slightly warmer, the snow a bit denser, and it was in these conditions I found that the Slasher performed surf-like slashes exceptionally well. But I also noticed the factory recommended mount location was less conducive for this style. After I found myself leaning back after several playful turns, I concluded that a -1cm mount would be ideal, perhaps even -2 or -3cm mount for denser, maritime snow.
Despite my factory recommended mount location, I was still impressed by the ski’s landing ability in various conditions. After floating a big 3 off the lower Juarez cat road, I landed forward on a sticky, late-afternoon patch that I was sure would send me over the handlebars. As I anticipated a full frontal tomahawk, the early rise profile enabled me to stay upright and ride away. I was totally amazed and was convinced again that the tip of this ski couldn’t have been shaped better.
Groomers are not the place for this ski, but once off piste, the Slasher is a true performer when the snow is remotely forgiving. In moguls, the overall size of the ski became a hindrance, but the light swing weight and direction control still allowed for rather quick turns for a ski of this magnitude.
The Slasher also performed well during a tour in spring conditions near the backside of Taos. A two-hour slog up the Wilderness Basin (a.k.a ”Wildy Bowl”) and the subsequent descent presented a mix of windbuff, powder, corn, and super-saturated snow. Throughout it all, the Slasher was able to transition between conditions with ease. The wide shovel and broad underfoot slayed the pow, while big open GS turns in the corn farther down were spectacular.
Overall, the Slasher is a fine powder ski. Backcountry, sidecountry, or resort-side, this ski performs well as long as the snow is soft and forgiving. I noticed the base material appeared fairly thin after sustaining a few base welds while navigating spines in West Basin. It’s a move that certainly keeps the ski’s weight down, but it does raise some concerns about durability.
As I finished off the season with a 17-inch weekend in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the Slasher was my pick of the quiver for soft snow. It consistently provided ample floatation, maneuverability, and was a joy for blasting through afternoon chop. The Slashers also provided a huck-friendly platform while airing and spinning off drops. I look forward to more skiing next season knowing that the Slasher will be along for the ride.
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