I don’t know if I’ve been good, and I’ve definitely not been all that nice, but Santa came early this year.
When I was about to buy my new pair of skis, I knew that I wanted DPS 112RP. They may not be perfect for the bulletproof powder that is often found meter deep in the Swedish mountain range, but I fell in love with my Yvettes the first time I tried them in tight trees. I’ve always found it hard to find my flow when skiing steep trees (or anywhere where there are trees to be honest): Instead of seeing lines, I just see trunk and start skiing around them as if I was on a slalom course. I start lifting my skis and turning with my toes. In other words, I tend to ski like an ass. With my Yvettes accompanying me down the mountain, I all of a sudden started to jump and play in the trees. Not very stylish perhaps but when you get to play, who cares?
My only problem with the Yvettes was in the big open terrain, where I like to do big sweeping turns. The features that makes them feel so playful in the trees, also makes them a little bit too happy to turn out in the open (in my opinion). But you can’t have it all. If you’re not a good enough skier to tame big mountain guns in the trees, you just have to live with shorter turns in the open.
Anyway, so I knew that I wanted a pair of DPS 112RP for X-mas, but the 2014 Yvettes did not match my trousers (NOOooooo!!!). Yes, I am ashamed. But anyway, the color of the Yvettes was not as good as the DPS wailer 112RP, so I set out to find some information of what the difference between the two actually is. As far as I understand, there is just about none. They Yvette is the girly ski, it comes in a different color and weighs about 52 g less than the wailer, but that is about it. I don’t know if those few extra grams makes the wailer stiffer, but it can’t be much. So I followed Lisa Dawson’s advice and chose the ski with the nicest color, the bananas. Since one of my skis was not completely destroyed by the avalanche, I’m thinking of riding with Yvette on one foot and a Wailer on the other. It won’t be fair at all to the Yvette, since that ski is more dead than alive, but since there is no proper review out there it would be interesting if I can get some idea of the difference. And, even if I will probably only do it once of course before I go all bananas, it would be fun to ski like a Swede 🙂
The only question now is: will my damn ankle let me come out and play this winter? It better.