Backcountry x DPS Nebo Alpine Touring Ski
Backcountry has been a force in the outdoors for 20 years, and our deepest roots as Gearheads lead back to our beginnings in backcountry touring. To honor that heritage, we collaborated with DPS to make the Backcountry x DPS Nebo Alpine Touring Ski. The Nebo is a do-it-all, sub-1500g plank for virtually any snow conditions found in the Wasatch Mountains, our own backyard. We’re comfortable making that far-reaching claim, because the ski was designed with input and feedback from the most experienced Backcountry Gearheads. From the deep powder of Superior’s South Face to the often-icy conditions of the Pfeifferhorn's Northwest Couloir, the Nebo answers every question that our decades of dawn patrols and touring expertise can throw at it.
In order to check off our all-Wasatch wishlist, we started with the Tour 1 construction because it’s the lightest option offered by DPS , and then we asked for alterations to enhance overall stiffness and better stability at higher speeds. DPS obliged us. The key changes include thicker, prepreg carbon laminates and the same vibration damping technology found in the new Alchemist construction. The stiffer, more stable platform makes the difference between chattery rides and smooth, speedy cruises—all in a package that still maintains the Tour 1’s low weight.
Apart from those differences, the Nebo features the same profile as the Wailer 106—namely, a heavily rockered tip that slices through deep stashes of powder, enough camber underfoot to hold an edge down firm chutes, and a slightly rockered tail for playfulness that maneuvers around tight trees . The profile works with the Alchemist’s stiffness and the Tour 1’s sub-1,500g weight to make this ski worthy of longer tours like the biggest mountain in the Wasatch, Nebo itself.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Collaborative ski made by Backcountry and DPS for alpine touring
- 106mm waist is an ideal width for riding the best powder on earth[DN6]
- Tour 1’s capped, carbon construction keeps the ski’s weight below 1,500g
- Alchemist’s vibration damping technology reduces chatter at high speeds
- Durable, textured top sheet sheds snow to keep the Goat visible
- Rocker tip & tail create a playful ride down powder and through trees
- Camber underfoot holds an edge on firmer, icier snow
- Gearhead Certified Product
- Item #BCC00C4
- Q & A
These skis are awesome. I've toured on them twice now and really enjoyed them. They're super light on the up hill and feel really solid on the down. They feel really stiff, allowing you to feel confident skiing through any conditions on the down.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Was able to get on these and the performance is unreal! Great stability through chop and float amazingly well in the pow! Being based in Utah, you experience mixed and chopped terrain, even in the backcountry. Thoroughly impressed with the lightweight and performance of the Nebo!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
They look great and are insanely stiff for out light they are. I am looking forward to some more snow to give them a real review.
Looking forward to the new daily driver.
I just mounted these up and I cant wait to hit the skin track with them. They are crazy light for how stiff and poppy they feel. I will report back with more once I get a few days on them!
Blend the Best to Chase Powder
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
DPS skis are synonymous with deep snow. Founded here in the Wasatch where we get arguably the "greatest snow on earth" - there is a reason the skis built by Drake and crew are shaped and designed the way they are.
I have been an avid skier of the Tour 1 series for a few seasons now. I am a huge fan of how the profile of the ski glides through soft snow - and they are absolutely light and great on the skin track. In my quiver, my Tour 1's are my "powder touring" skis. When it's soft and deep, i reach for them. But when i expect the snow to be variable, or the conditions to be firm or a bit technical, I usually turn to my more stable, damp and "heavier" skis - like the Alchemist series. I just appreciate the fortitude a bit more than the joy surfing that i get in the Tour1's in powder. But I love the weight of the Tour 1 on the skintrack. They are what I could consider, featherweight for their class.
Enter the Nebo. Designed essentially off the chassis of the Tour1 Wailer 106 profile with lightweight carbon capped construction, BUT with the added dampening materials found in the Alchemist series - this ski is the blend of both the best in the DPS line up. And the beauty of this ski is that with this combination, the overall weight stays down and so I no longer have to make the choice to reach for either my Tour1's or a heavier ski - I can love the weight of these on the way up, and enjoy the added stability and dampening of the ride to charge down. Overall less chatter when the snow gets firm and choppy, but no less "soul surfy" in the soft deep blower.
For the 178cm they weight about 1500 grams (3.3lbs) per ski - heavier than the Tour1 but lighter than the Alchemist - the ideal blend for weight efficiency.
I put about half a dozen days on these late last year and they fill the gaps in my quiver. I coupled them with a lighter weight binding - the Salomon MTN binding, and ski them with my Tecnica Zero G boot.
I won't go as far to say that it's the holy grail "best up, and best down" - but it most definitely is my new favorite ski for all around touring - when I don't want to worry about what the snow will be like, or how the top of that couloir is firming up.
Note - named after the tallest peak in the Wasatch. With a northwest couloir to dream about - check it out.
4 stars because they are new to me.
I'm very familiar with the awesomeness of DPS skis, having ridden the Nina and the Zelda. So I'm going mad, waiting to get my new Nebo's in the backcountry!!
These are a one-profile-fits-all-conditions touring ski, which is exactly what I need for the pow under the ridges and the crud and trees at the base. Can hardly wait and praying for more early season snow!