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Take a few minutes and try to find something to change about the Black Crows Anima Ski. To save you some time—it's going to be pretty difficult. Dwelling in the shadow of Mont Blanc in picturesque Chamonix, Black Crows builds its skis for the big mountains the iconic French ski town is known for. With the shape of a playful freeride ski and the backbone of a big-mountain board, the Anima will pivot and scrub thanks to its rockered tip and tail. On less-than-ideal days above treeline, its stiff flex, which gets progressively softer in the tip and tail, ensures it'll still blast through chop and windbuff like a big-mountain gun should.
The semi-cap construction puts ABS sidewalls underfoot for better stability and power, then tapers out to a cap in the tip and tail to reduce swing weight, keeping the Anima playful. With 115mm underfoot, the Anima will truly shine when its slashing pow turns down big lines, but it's not so wide that it can't make the best of other funky conditions you encounter throughout the season. The light and playful poplar core adds to the Anima's energetic feel, while the carbon, KEVLAR stringers keep it laterally stiff, without adding a bunch of unnecessary weight to the ski. With a radius of 21 meters, the Anima instinctively makes long, arcing turns, making it great for the skier who prefers big, open terrain or just likes to straightline pillow lines and gun-barrel chutes.
- Crush the steep and deep in this burly big-mountain ski
- 115mm waist thrives in deep, blower pow
- Rockered profile provides dreamy flotation
- Camber underfoot holds stability on hardpack
- Poplar wood core is light and playful
- Carbon, Kevlar stringers maintain stiffness and stability
- Based out of Chamonix, Black Crows knows a thing or two about big-mountain skiing
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- Q & A
Black Crows Anima
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got these skis last summer (the construction is unchanged) and have since used them on everything from summer booters to February spine lines in Jackson. I am 6'1 and 155 lbs without gear and I've been riding the 188cm version mounted at 5cm back from center with pivot 14s and Lange race boots. These were the the longest and widest skis I had ever owned when I got them and I expected to have a hard time getting used to them but they ski fairly short on groomers, albeit a bit planky, and are super intuitive in pow. I definitely wouldn't use them for everything but for a ski this wide they're quite versatile. Skiing mostly in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, I have yet to find a speed limit on these bad boys in soft chop or pow. I didn't have any issues with float either (despite the snow we had this season which can only be described as "f*cking nuts"). They practically beg to shoot off drops and straight line the rest of the way down. They don't feel too heavy in the air either, they're no park ski but I haven't had any trouble spinning off tiny side hits or big kickers on them. What's blown me away most about the Animas after using them for 75+ days this season has been the durability. I'm super hard on my gear and I bought these as a replacement for some 2017 line blends which I managed to fully delaminate. This could have been a user error but I only used the lines for a season. I've probably put half a stick of p-tex into the Animas but apart from a few scratches on the top sheet they look brand new.
The picture below is from May 26th at snowbird, mobbin' through some dust on crust with Animas on my feet.
First of all, I like the color of the ski.It is the most eye catching skis I have. It is very good for skiing in all conditions. The shape is also perfect to perform in different weather. They are good for freeride style.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Awesome powder ski. I use these for touring with the marker kingpins and I love them. Light enough but not too light. Fairly stiff which is good. Lost of camber. but the shape is almost perfect. I like where the skis starts to taper and where it starts to rocker. The recommended mount ins't too far back either so they are good for the freeride style if that's you. They are 115 underfoot but they ski more like a 120 because the tips are nice and big. I'm 6'4 so they are on the small side but I like their nimbleness.