NEXT LEVEL SKIS
When Anian and I founded Amplid more than twelve years ago, skiing and
snowboarding were coming to the end of a long period of mutual intolerance.
Skiing was no longer stiff, boring and old-fashioned. Snowboarding wasn’t
the rebellious, attitude-filled counter culture of the mid 90ies anymore.
The two sports had borrowed so heavily from each other by this point, in
terms of product and philosophy, that it just didn’t matter if you rode
two planks or one. Sure, it was still cool to “hate”, and marketers dreamed-up
funny slogans to create a pantomime divide, but most real riders only needed
to look left and right on the first chair of the day to see through the
bullshit. Amplid was founded in this new era with the ethos that skiing
and snowboarding still had much to learn from each other. Working with
a team of skiers that I trusted, I could quickly adapt 20+ years of snowboard
design experience to skiing. The transition wasn’t difficult, in fact I
loved the challenge. My snowboard background gave me an outsider’s approach
to ski design which stood-out amongst the dusty heritage brands which were
dominant in the market. In my eyes, skiing was just snowboarding with two
planks instead of one and this fit perfectly with the thinking of the emerging
freeski culture. Amplid blazed its own path and was rewarded with a following
of young, progressive skiers. My decision to focus on freeriding with Amplid’s
17/18 collection is about embracing a similar wave of change. Today the
design challenges I find too tempting to resist originate from the backcountry.
The Facelift touring ski and hard-charging Centrifugal Collection are just
a few examples of freeride skis where I could freely experiment with new
ideas and once again contribute something different to skiing. Amplid’s
mission has always been to create extraordinary skis; by accepting change
instead of resisting it, I believe Amplid is fulfilling that promise.
B lessed with 120mm of girth underfoot and a rocker-line with less resistance
than a dolphin’s undercarriage, the Hill Bill glides effortlessly on top
of fresh snow. When the snow is thigh-high and our team riders need buoyancy,
it’s the Hill bill they choose. Limited ski taper and minimal setback make
the Hill Bill ideal for creative skiers who want the option to ski switch
in powder. A short running length, the consequence of exaggerated Jekyll
& Hyde Geometry, brings the widest part of the ski closer to the binding.
This clever shaping increases the Hill Bill’s agility and playfulness,
and reduces swing weight. New this winter a Carbon Pop Band along each
ski increases tail resistance for planting landings and adds extra boost
Whether he is skiing for video parts in the spectacular mountains around
his home resort of Tignes, France, or launching into a loaded Japanese
pillow line chased by a dozen photographers’ lenses, when team rider Julien
Lange goes to work it’s skiing the Multiplayer. The Multiplayer’s 108mm
waist and curvy figure find the happy middle between freeride seriousness
and freestyle spirit. Smooth-rising Floatation Tips generate plenty of
lift in deep snow and have a loose and buttery feel which add a playful
character to the Multiplayer. Basalt Suspension Strips keep tip chatter
in check. As Julien’s backcountry line choices become higher risk, we’ve
added a Carbon Pop Band on the base side of the lay-up on each ski to stiffen
the flex for extra stability.
W e solved the “if you could only take one ski” question years ago, with the Rockwell. Peak to park the Rockwell has convinced thousands of skiers that one ski is truly capable of demoting an entire quiver to storage. Its logic-defying geometry bypasses the conventional rules of ski design and stitches together the cranky sidecut and short running length of a resort carver with the surface area and smooth early-rise tips of a powder ski. Reactive and secure on its edges, and lofty in 3D snowpack, the Rockwell has the broadest performance range of any ski in our range. New for the 17/18 winter, Carbon Pop Band reinforcement adds some extra snap, crackle and pop to make the Rockwells even more energized and exhilarating.
The Antidote’s playful flex pattern, symmetrical twin shape and extra-tough
construction complete the tick-list for any savvy rail and transition shredder.
Moderately stiff underfoot, the Antidote has an ultra-fun sidecut and camber
combo that loves carving between hits, regular and switch. If it wasn’t
for the smooth, extra-buttery tips the Antidote could easily be mistaken
for a more serious ski. A tip-to-tail Carbon Pop Band adds extra ollie
pop to the tips and allows presses and butters to be tweaked beyond ridiculous,
without the fear of washout. 2.2mm thick Rockwell Steel edges, a tough
Extruded 4 base and Amplid’s birch-reinforced Hard Core are the precautions
we’ve taken to boost the Antidote’s durability for everyday park abuse.
The facelift isn’t just a lightweight touring ski which will push backcountry
tours beyond their current threshold. It’s a tool for creative backcountry
skiers to take their own vision of skiing to terrain that they could only
imagine before. Built with Amplid’s revolutionary Topless Construction
and a featherweight BBP core, the Facelift cuts almost half a kilogram
of weight from each ski vs. conventional ski construction. For a ski with
108mm of width underfoot and enough surface area to surf in deep snow,
the Facelift literally flies up the skin track. To protect areas of the
ski which are vulnerable to chipping during ascents, the Facelift utilizes
Tanga Technology, a partial, almost weightless, hard-wearing topsheet.
T he Ego Trip Evolution is a paradox: A lightweight touring ski which planes effortlessly in deep snow, but is enjoyable to ski in mixed snow conditions like spring corn and wind crust. The key to the Evo is its hourglass shape, which pairs a conservative underfoot width of 95mm with an unusually wide, smooth rising, shovel nose. This keeps the Ego Trip Evo fast edge-to-edge and easy to pivot in confined spaces, but guarantees plenty of surface area for getting on top of the pow. In the skin track the Evo’s BBP core, a jigsaw puzzle of Balsa, Birch and Paulownia, dramatically cuts overall weight and additional HEXO2 windows make the tips so light that kick turns whip-around in an instant.
In the 12 years since Anian and I founded Amplid, I’ve designed hundreds
of different ski geometries. Recently, I’ve gravitated-towards more accessible
and playful skis with curvy 5D shapes, like the Rockwell and Hill Bill,
so when my team and I began concepting around the “Centrifugal Collection”
I saw it as an opportunity to break out of the current Amplid cast. I wanted
to build something remarkable for a totally different type of skier: Perhaps
a skier that hasn’t discovered Amplid yet, or even better, somebody that
already relates to Amplid’s philosophy and has been waiting for the right
ski. Growing up in the shadow of the Alps, I’ve been surrounded by alpine
ski racing my whole life. Many of my chairlift buddies were raised on race
skis, and until I discovered snowboarding at 18, that was my path too.
I can tell you from experience, 10 years of gate-bashing builds a strong
skiing technique and a taste for the Centrifugal! I guess, when I boil
it down, this selection is about taking-on the challenge of building freeride
skis for the skiers who never lost interest in speed and technique. The
three unique skis in the Centrifugal Collection are designed with the sole
purpose of holding a line at speed. Each of them is focused on different
terrain and snow conditions, but they all share a thread of DNA, manifested
in their geometry, materials and technologies, that embraces high velocities
and precision piloting. They are bold, brash and brutal, and a day of pulling
maximum G-Forces by arcing turns will destroy your calves. They will have
you totally hooked
Big-Mountain skiing requires absolute commitment. The slightest hint of
indecision is the moment a dream line becomes rag-dolling nightmare. The
White Noise was created to maximise your self-belief and crush big lines.
Its race-ski inspired layup, with Titanal bands above and below the core,
is the basis of a construction designed for smooth behaviour in rough terrain,
and dependable grip on hard snow. New AntiphaseTM damping technology sucks
up destabilizing vibrations and chatter with remarkable efficiency. Contrasting
to Amplid’s more playful backcountry skis, the White Noise has an almost-conventional
freeride ski shape with a 22m sidecut (@189cm) and more taper and setback
for control at speed. But it’s not “all work and no play”, the mini swallow
tail adds a lick of character for more surfy lines.
S corch your local resort trails with the Time Machine. Clocking up kilometers
and railing perfect arcs is what this ski does best. At 90mm underfoot
the Time Machine revels in hard-pack conditions, but don’t bet against
it in chop and powder, it’ll blast through that too. Titanal Centribelt
Technology placed above and below the core increases the Time Machine’s
torsional rigidity, which amplifies edge hold. Combined with AntiphaseTM,
a pioneering damping system, its construction irons-out the bumps for a
very controlled skiing experience. Unlike many skis in its waist range,
the Time Machine doesn’t mess around with tip rocker. Full-length Pop Camber
and a hooky, multi-radial sidecut keep the feeling of the Time Machine
reactive and thrilling to ski. At last, a ski that lets you put all those
years of gate training to good use!
Based on the legendary Infrablack, the Infraglass retains its predecessors
awesome big-mountain capabilities but loses a little of its savagery. With
its gargantuan 126mm width and intimidating 29m sidecut, the Infraglass
is the ski of choice for taking care of big-mountain business. The Infraglass’
triaxial fiberglass laminates balance the need for both stability at speed
and forgiveness. AntiphaseTM, an exciting new damping technology developed
in-house at Amplid, keeps tip-chatter and vibrations in check so that fast
descents remain under control. Prominent tip-rocker and tail-rise help
the ski to pivot in deep snow, but don’t deplete the Infraglass’ ability
to stomp big landings. From AK to Chamonix, when the peaks get taller,
the snowpack deeper and the terrain more raucous, it’s time to unleash
these big guns..