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The Dynastar Cham 97 Ski got its start in the motherland of big mountain skiing: Chamonix. Shocking, right? Given Chamonix's reputation, it's no surprise that the Cham 97 2.0 likes to ski big, burly lines in all sorts of variable conditions. The rockered tip gives plenty of flotation and enhances your ability to punch through crud. Moving back on the ski, the camber underfoot delivers stability and reliable edge-hold in a variety of conditions, right up to, and including, the most bulletproof conditions. The 5-point sidecut creates a pintail shape that prevents hooking and overturning in deeper snow and that helps 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 driver.

  • Tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot
  • Sandwich construction
  • Paulownia wood core
  • 97mm waist width
  • Five-point sidecut
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  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought these as a present for my mom, who skis in Vermont. She says they are very versatile and stable in all conditions. She's about 5'6" and an advanced skier, I got her the 166cm and she says the length is perfect for east coast bumps/tree skiing!

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

I really enjoyed these skis, I found that the 172 length was a little short with the tremendous amount of tip rocker that these skis feature. The slight tail rocker is great for tighter turns on steeper terrain, as well as through the trees.

Dynastar updated this ski from previous years models by removing the metal throughout the ski. Initially I thought that it would cause some issues with the stability of the ski, but Dynastar used paulownia wood, that cut through the chopped up snow, and absorbed the energy very well. This ski still rides like the previous model, but just a little easier to manage through variable terrain.
I'd recommend this ski to any strong intermediate to expert skier who has a more traditional style of skiing, and enjoys an all mountain ski that will still perform well on groomed terrain. I had a blast riding these!