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Voulez-vous rip all over the mountain?

The Dynastar Cham 97 Ski got its start in, of all places, Chamonix. Shocking, right? Given Chamonix's reputation, it's no surprise that the Cham 97 likes to ski big, burly lines in all sorts of off-trail conditions. The long rocker tip gives plenty of flotation and enhances your ability to punch through crud of all types. Moving back on the ski, the underfoot camber delivers stability and reliable edge-hold in a variety of conditions, right up to, and including, the most hardpack of the hardpack. The 5-point sidecut creates a pin-tail shape that prevents hooking and overturning in deeper snow, and that also helps to initiate carving and turns on groomed snow. The full-length vertical sidewalls deliver tons of edge grip, balance, and stability, no matter how fast you get going. If you're a hard-charger who likes to be able to hit areas all over the mountain, you'll love the Cham 97 as your everyday drivers.

  • Rocker tip with camber underfoot
  • Pin-tail
  • Sandwich laminate
  • Full-length vertical sidewall
  • Wood core
  • 133/97/113mm
  • Progressive 5-point sidecut

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5 5

Good everyday ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If there is a ski you wish could do powder and give you good control on hard pack I would highly recommend these. Not a hug ski so it wouldn't give as much float as a fatter ski would. But I've found that they performed great on any day I went to a resort in the 2015 Season. The Tips are super fat and will handle crud great. The vertical edge gives great control. If you only had 1 ski and you spend your time at the resort I'd say get these. Held up great everyday I went out this year.

4 5

Great intermediate-advanced ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Demo'd these last season and spent a good few hours on them. I have a big pair of Rossi Soul 7's, and they have a long turning arc and can be challenging in the steeps particularly in bumps or trees. These things are the total antithesis of the soul 7. Altho they do handle really well in the powder, the do nice tight turns, do insanely well in the steeps, and the tree's, well these are just tree machines. Their weakness (contrary to what some reviews say) is their carving on the groommers. They push out to the side really easy, so for a learner they would be great, but you can't really do the huge big high pressure rail turns, well you can but compared to the soul 7 it's not great. This is not what they're for anyway tho, you buy these as an alternative to your fat powder skis, ski your big ski's for the first couple of hours, and when the main open lines are tracked, you pick these things up and take them into the steeps and trees. They will blow through tracked snow, bumps, spring corn, all like it isn't even there. They're fun to jump on, and you will NOT BELIEVE how good these things are in powder for a 97 mil ski. Not once did I feel like I was going through, i sat up on top even in the deepest snow. Overall, I am buying a pair as my second pair of ski's for when my legs tire of endless shredding on my soul 7's and for the steep tight lines.

4 5

Throw Anything At Em

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just had a chance to demo a pair of these in 184 cm today at Alta, Utah.

Conditions: 4-7 inches of light snow on top of hard pack.

Performance: It was my first day back from a tibial plateau fracture and I wanted a bit shorter and forgiving ski to test my rehab out. My first run on groomed left me impressed how quick you can turn these boards. The long rocker in the front does tend to give some flop, but at high speed it disappeared. The next run in side country gave me a view of their effectiveness in the pow and I wasn't disappointed. Returning back to the resort I found them good in soft crud and didn't have a problem with them in the bumps. A total of 12 hard charging runs gave me a impression of a decent all mountain ski.

This was the first time I'd been back on Dynastar since they made the Course and they brought back good memories. They may end up in my quiver of skis soon.

1 5

Please bring the old Legends back

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the Legend 8000, Legend 85 and Legend 94. Loved them all especially the first and last one. Demoed these assuming the would be an improvement, umm nope.

Burly and crud busting, check. Can carve and hold an edge, check (although you have a floppy tip that makes it seem like part water ski). Moguls, nope. Weird pintail makes the turn release unpredictable and scary at gnarly, high speed. Very heavy too but could live with that.

Went out and bought 2 new old stock of pair of legend 94 the next week. Sorry Dynastar, these were a big step backward.

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There is a 'high mountain' version of Cham - it is 3 lbs lighter.

5 5

Great All Mntn Ski, Very Playful

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Had these out for the first time and was very happy with them. They are really quick and playful, especially considering they're almost 100 MM under foot. They make short turns unlike any ski this size I've skied. They carve the front side and bust through what little crud I found. Had strong edge grip, even in the icy stuff. Didn't get to try them in any powder, but given their size and rockered tip, I expect great things.

Overall - very happy with the Cham 97s. Would buy them again and highly recommend them.

Pluses - quick, like to turn, strong edge grip, good performance in crud and on hard pack

Minuses - these are heavy, never noticed it sking, but with Look PX12s, they're much heavier than my previous K2 Silencers and Dukes. Only noticed it when I was packing the ski bag and weighing it for my flight. Otherwise, they never felt heavy when skiing them.

I'm 6'1" and 220, expert skier that typically likes the trees and powder, I bought the 184s.

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Great review Robert, thanks so much for sharing your experience!