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Voulez-vous rip all over the mountain?

As the namesake implies, the sophisticated Dynastar Cham 97 Ski was built for off-piste adventure. Its progressive reverse sidecut at tip and tail and tip rocker motor through the deep, and its traditional camber bites into hardpack. So, in France at least, you're allowed to venture wherever your cœur desires.

  • Levitation profile combines rockered tip, reverse sidecut at tip and tail, and traditional camber underfoot for float, easy turn-entry, and supreme edgehold
  • Sandwich construction with vertical sidewall gives tenacious grip and balanced power
  • Wood core with titanal laminate is tough, light, and stable
  • 97mm waist is wide enough for deep pow and crud, yet plenty agile for quick turns
  • Mid-size radius sidecut gives you all-terrain versatility: easy turning and high-speed stability

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hi! weight on the 184 charm 97?
Any...

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hi! weight on the 184 charm 97?
Any comparison with te HM version?

5 5

Spring skiing

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Cham 97 has many great qualities but really shines in the spring. It carves in the morning on the hard pack. As the day warms up it continues to excel through the corn until the end of the day in the slush. Very fun ski...

5 5

Very Very Versatile Ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

All jokes aside, this ski is a great all over the mountain. They charge and bust through the crud while holding an edge on the hardpack. Turning radius is as expected with a 97mm underfoot but still feels lively with the rocker. If you ski the East and need a ski that will handle Stratton then allow you to ski Jay on the Pow day, this is the one to go with.

Very Very Versatile Ski
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Sweet and helpful review, thanks!!. This is info that I have been asking the online peeps. Can't say that I frequent Stratton but do Vt for sure and need the versatility. Wondering if this ski is built for the Jay groomers which is a different world compared to Stratton . Will they hold an edge there?.

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They'll hold up just fine for you up at Jay on the groomers.

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This....is UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-mazing.

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Do you chill the ski before you put the fish on? Or better to just go room temp? I have some hungry friend so I was thinking about the Cham 107 for larger sashimi and maybe even a quail egg here or there.

Cham 97's getting some glacial pow

Cham 97's getting some glacial pow

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Got the Cham 97's to replace my busted K2 Hardsides. These skis rip. I demoed the Cham 97's and Volkl Mantra and Blizzard Cochise and I've been riding the hardsides and these things were the clear winner for me. They were super playful but could still be ridden hard. These things were designed for pow and at that they excel. The huge rockered tip with the pintail lets these things be playful the light stuff but the stiffness give you the stability to really crank em up. I was worried about their performance on hardpack but they have proved phenomenally with a good edge tune. They are mounted with Marker dukes at the recommended mounting point. They are a bit heavy for touring but i got them for about 75/25 resort/backcountry.

I am 6'0" 170 lbs and i'm riding the 184s. I was nervous about going so long but it was the perfect length. They are nimble enough to ski tight west virginia trees but stable enough to ski open powder bowls in Engelberg, Switzerland.

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Max, I am 5'10", 185 lbs and thinking about going with the 178. Been riding on the Combas with Dukes - super heavy! I am thinking about mounting the Cham 97s with the Fritschi Freeride Pros. What's your take on that setup? Thanks, Josh

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I think you can get away with some freerides on them. but if you're looking to save weight, i would steer clear. these guys rip but they are not light by any means. i think the freerides would probably go better with the Cham 97 HM which is the same shape, minus the metal. I personally haven't skied them but i hear they ride similarly, maybe a lower speed limit though. At your weight, i would probably veer closer to the 184 for this ski. with that rockered tip, and tapered tip and tail, it definitely skis short. Hope that helps

4 5

Surprisingly impressive all mountain ski

I demoed this ski this February at Lake Louise on a Saturday on primarily skied out powder and windswept crud. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs and skied the 178s. Found the wide rocker tip made it easy to initiate almost any turn on any incline. I particularly enjoyed it in the chutes off back of the summit plater. Slightly too wide underfoot for this east coast skier, so I didn't feel I could rip of a series of quick one-two slalom turns. Surprising stable while cruising fast as can be on the groomers (I was expecting a overly flappy rockered tip). If I skied the West all the time I'd seriously consider this ski. Might try it out east before the end of the season. - nycityskier.com

Surprisingly impressive all mountain ski
5 5

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ski a 178cm mounted on MFD plate with salomon sth driver 14 and what a beast!!! I just came back from a 3 weeks trip in BC/Montana and I like every aspect of that ski.
I used to ski a head monster I.M. 78 and they are as easy to ski although they are way bigger/heavier. It is so easy to initiate a turn in the powder or in the moguls. They are also really good for high speed carving on the groomers. They perform very well in choppier conditions but I think a 184cm would have been better for my size (6 feet, 195lbs).
I definitely recommand it for people looking for an awesome all terrains/powder ski so if you don't want waste your time shopping and checking reviews, just buy this ski!

5 5

I love this ski!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First let me give you some stats so you've got a basis of comparison. I'm 34 years old, 170 pounds and an expert skier with over 15 years of ski racing and 32+ years of skiing. I just spent 3 days on this ski in Park City on a size 172. The first day was a bit of soft snow over hard pack. It ripped down the groomed runs, and held an edge like a race ski with much less chatter than I expected given the rockered tip. Day two was more groomed and bumps. Worked great in both. On day three, we had some powder. It tore it up in Jupiter Bowl and rode nearly as well as my Gotamas in deeper snow. It is quick and nimble, and handled chopped up crud perfectly. I loved this ski and think I will be getting a pair soon to replace my Volkl Kendos as my all around day to day ski. Unless it's more than a foot of fresh powder, in which case I would use either my Gotama's or my Kuro's, this is the ski for me.