2019-2020 Dynastar Mythic 97

On-Snow Update

In our First Look of the Dynastar Mythic 97, we noted that its generous tip rocker would probably float well in deep powder, but we had concerns about how that rocker would affect the ski’s performance in firm conditions, as well as how the stiffness difference between the softer shovel and stiffer tail would play out on snow.

We’ve now had two Blister reviewers, Brian Lindahl (BL) and Sam Shaheen (SS), on the Mythic 97, and here’s what they’ve found so far.


(BL): In my time on the Mythic 97, we hadn’t seen a lot of big storms in Colorado, but I was able to get one day on the Mythic 97 in consistent, medium-depth powder. The ski’s ample tip rocker does allow the Mythic 97 to float well, and it doesn’t exhibit any alarming behavior in powder (such as plowing or hookiness). However, I felt that the Mythic 97’s much flatter tail didn’t slash and slarve like a softer, or more heavily-rockered ski — or even just wider ski.

(SS): In the 8-12” of powder I skied the Mythic 97 in, its huge tip rocker made it tough to sink the tips — I’ve never skied a 97mm-wide ski with this much float. In powder, I thought the Mythic 97 felt pretty playful for such a directional ski with such a traditional mount point, and could be skied from a variety of stances — though it seemed to prefer a more neutral stance in soft snow. Even though it has a more traditional mount point, the heavily tapered tips and tails, significant tip rocker, and light weight made the ski feel quick and responsive — not necessarily poppy, but it felt natural making quick turns and slashes. The Mythic 97 can be driven in powder (though the shovels can be overpowered if you drive too hard), and it can also be skied back on the tails, too. All in all, I found it to be pretty forgiving in powder.

Sam Shaheen and Brian Lindahl review the Dynastar Mythic 97 for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Dynastar Mythic 97, Colorado Backcountry.

Crud and Chop

(SS): The Mythic 97 is very light and, as a result, can definitely get tossed around in chop and crud. However, it’s very possible to drive the Mythic 97 and keep the tips pointed where you want them — you just have to ski with a more active style than you would with heavier skis. Though I was able to overpower the front of the ski in powder, I found it tougher to overpower the Mythic 97 on firmer snow as the soft shovels aren’t as engaged with the snow as they are in deeper powder (the ski gets noticeably stiffer once you get past the rockered portion of the shovel). The Mythic 97 can’t be driven as hard as (much heavier) skis like the G3 SENDr 112, Salomon QST 106, or Faction Dictator 3.0, but it can hold up to a surprising amount of pressure on the front of the boots in harder snow.

Firm and Variable Snow

(BL): In firm and variable snow, I found the Mythic 97 to have a strong preference for carving. Its stiffer tails liked to hang on and didn’t release as easily as other softer skis like the K2 Wayback 96 and more tail-rockered (and softer) skis like the Black Crows Camox Freebird.

In addition, when locked into a carve, I thought the Mythic 97 gripped well and felt very precise. When making quick carves across the fall line in steeper terrain, the sidecut radius felt as tight as Dynastar stated radius (17 m), and these sort of short turns were great for controlling my speed in this kind of terrain.

Interestingly, I didn’t find the Mythic 97 to feel hooky at all. Skis with a lot of sidecut often tend to hook up quickly, which can be a liability in steep terrain. But I didn’t find this to be true of the Mythic 97 — I had to give it quite a bit of input and be deliberate to initiate the next turn. For a backcountry ski, I really like this characteristic.

When the terrain opens up, the Mythic 97, again, preferred tighter carves, but wasn’t particularly hooky. In addition, I found the high-speed stability of the Mythic 97 to be quite excellent for its ~1500 gram weight, besting the Black Crows Camox Freebird and Faction Prime 2.0, which each weigh 100+ grams more per ski. Yes, the Mythic 97 still skis like a lightweight ski, but it’s one of the more stable lightweight skis I’ve tested.

Sun and Wind Crusts

(BL): When encountering sun and wind crusts, I found that the Mythic 97’s tails wanted to hang on at the end of the turn even more than they do in firm, smooth snow, which can throw off your balance. However, when entering turns, I again found the Mythic 97 much less likely to hook a tip than other skis I’ve been on in these conditions. The ski’s significant tip rocker / tip splay also seemed to make it less likely to get caught up underneath the crusts. Overall, the Mythic 97 is excellent in these challenging conditions, as long as you don’t try to rush the end of your turns.

Sam Shaheen and Brian Lindahl review the Dynastar Mythic 97 for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Dynastar Mythic 97, Colorado Backcountry.


(BL): In soft summer slush, the Mythic 97 was (unsurprisingly) much easier to release out of a carve than it was in firm snow or crusts — slarving down steep terrain wasn’t a problem at all in slushy conditions. Overall, there wasn’t a huge difference between the Mythic 97 and the Black Crows Camox Freebird in this kind of snow, aside from the Mythic’s enhanced power when carving.

Who’s It For?

For its narrow width and low weight, the Mythic 97 offers pretty impressive flotation and stability, making it an appealing option as a one-ski quiver for the backcountry in areas like Colorado, New Mexico, New Zealand, or the Alps — i.e., areas that generally see moderate amounts of snow fall. It isn’t the best ski for consequential, steep lines or really deep snow, but for one ski for everything, it’s an intriguing option.

Sam Shaheen and Brian Lindahl review the Dynastar Mythic 97 for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Dynastar Mythic 97, Colorado Backcountry.

Bottom Line

During our time on the Dynastar Mythic 97 so far, it has performed quite well for a ~1500 gram ski. It’s not as demanding as the flex pattern may lead one to believe, but it is still impressively stable for its weight. The generously-rockered shovel design is very much not hooky, which is great in crust and on firm snow, and it also helps the Mythic 97 float very well for its width. However, the tail won’t break free as easily as softer / more tail-rockered skis and will want to finish the turn in firm snow. So overall, if you like to carve on firm snow in the backcountry and are looking for a mild-mannered yet-stable ski for a broad range of conditions, you should definitely consider the Mythic 97.

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10 comments on “2019-2020 Dynastar Mythic 97”

  1. I’ve been on the Mythic for the last season and have been pleased with it. Every ski is a compromise and the Mythic allows you to tour a moderately wide ski without the weight of a freeride world tour ski. Also it’s pretty good on hard snow too, but it will never be a GS weapon.

    In new or old untouched snow the ski is simply a blast as the massive shovel gives me the same feeling as my volkl twos but with more bounce. In Iceland in 12″ of untouched pow I could follow the guide’s euro wiggle, or could let the skis run at 3x the speed and pop me out of the snow between every turn.

    On piste the ski carves well, as expected given its short radius. Just lay it over and round it goes. As the speed increases to fast, on hard surfaces the massive tip can start to bounce, or the skis will chatter if you jam on an edge. Generally though it’s not a problem if you keep smooth.

    On moguls and chop I really like the ski as the flex, radius and big tip work together to smoothly lift over things, rather than spearing into lumps. This probably saved me in fog at Davos when i failed to realize that the smooth red run back to the village turns into a fully bumped up black. After a few brown trouser moments I let the skis run and got down a bit faster than prudent.

    Only downside to the skis is that the topsheet is thin, and after 3 days of skiing with my kids they look like 5 year old skis.

  2. Mythic 97 is a very good touring ski. Light enough, good float, poppy in corn, not a total noodle. I’d agree it prefers to be carved on 2D snow rather than being slid around.

    The only place I didn’t like them was crusty or punchy, difficult snow. No ski is perfect here, but some are better than others. I personally found them catchier than some other comparable skis (BMT 94, Zero G 95) with all of the sidecut in this type of snow.

  3. Hi,

    If I plan to ski European backcountry (human powered), in spots like Chamonix, Zermatt and La Grave . Why should I get the Mythic 97 instead of the Wailler 112 Tour 1. They weigh about the same, have similar turning radii, but the Wailler gives me a lot more width underfoot. Is the Wailler tour 1 that bad on firm snow, that it is worth sacrificing ~15mm underfoot? I acknowledge that there is not a lot of Utah powder in Europe but last season gave me hope and u felt like my 98mm skis were too skimpy.

    My compromise idea is to go for the Wailler 99 A, but that feels like a heavy ski for the width.

    • Hi Rob,

      Disclaimer: I haven’t skied the Wailer 112 Tour 1. The Mythic 97 does just fine powder – it’s got pretty massive shovels. For Europe, I’d lean towards a more substantial ski than something in the Tour 1 construction. I personally wouldn’t make the Wailer 112 Tour 1 my only touring ski, but it probably be great in a 2-ski touring quiver.

  4. What length would you recommend in these?
    I ski the soul 7 in 180 and find that the perfect length. I thought the 188 was definitely too long for me. I liked the old Cham but felt it ski’d a little short at speed and was in between sizes on that one too. I’m 5’11” 160lbs.

    I appreciated the comparisons to the freebird. I’m looking at one of these two skis for my crud / ice day ski. Already have the Backland 107 for powder days – that tail hook! :( The better length options on the freebirds may tip the scales.

  5. What is the difference between the Mythic 97 and the Legend 96? I have the latter, which I use as my patrol ski, but am looking for a touring setup to replace my old tele gear.

  6. I am deciding between the Line Vission 98 at 171 cm and this Dynastar Mythic 97 or the Head Kore (all in similar sizes and an under boot measurement of 98-105. Which would you choose? I really want a light ski that I can also do huge GS/SG turns on groomed and still have moderate speed fun in powder. We usually take two trips out west (pre-covid and I am getting ready for next year’s season). Thank you.

  7. Hi, a friend of mine just lost one of his Mythic 97 on a skitour. He utterly loved these skis, and of course, Dynastar is not making them anymore and the M-Tour looks quite different. He’s lightweight but very fit and with a “poppy” skiing style, currently preparing the mountain guide training course (up to 3000m ascent days…) and well, he really enjoyed his Mythics and it was his one-quiver ski so inbounds too. He would mount Tectons on them again and skis with Maestrale RS.
    I never got along with his skis, so I’m in trouble recommending him anything. What skis would you recommend for him?
    Thanks, Dietmar

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