Last Spring, I had the chance to demo some handmade Ski Logik Front Burner’s from the Sports Exchange in Truckee, CA. With the limited snowfall curtailing my sidestash activities, it was the perfect time to have some front side fun and get on a pair of real carving skis.
The dimensions of these skis are 138-84-120 and have a turning radius of 14 meters, so these skis seemed perfect for my carving session that I was craving. The Front Burner’s are traditionally cambered, with no rocker and have the expected sidecut for this type of ski.
The snow conditions at Northstar Ski Resort in my opinion were certainly not as bad as the lack of skiers and snowboarders on the mountain would lead one to believe. This Vail Associates resort has been piping out manmade snow since November. It has not snowed a great deal this Winter, but it has been plenty cold enough for the Northstar snowmaking crew to make large amounts of snow and cover almost the whole mountain.
Maybe growing up on the east coast, I have some built in bias on what is considered good snow. If I am not dodging bare spots, the snow is white and I can set an edge, the snow cannot be that bad. So actually, I was happy since I was not waiting in any lift lines and was able to get some good vertical feet in on my Epic Pass.
My first impression of the Ski Logik’s were that they reminded me of the previous Ski Logik’s that I have skied: Rave, Ullr’s Chariot and the Howitzer. So, if you like your current Ski Logik’s, you will be quite familiar with the feel of the Front Burner’s. The Front Burner’s have a smooth, consistent and dampened ride. Even though these are labeled as carving skis, they are not harsh or too stiff.
The early morning frontside runs consisted of high speed corduroy GS turns on firm, but not icy conditions. The Front Burners have good turn initiation and were able to track smoothly across the fall line. Upon building up the energy during the turn, the squared off tail kept me locked in the turn without a hint of washing out. Only when I decided it was time to initiate the next turn did the tail release on cue.
Later in the morning, when the snow softened up a tad, I could really build the energy up and lay the skis over. Turn after turn these skis felt the same without any surprises. This was the period of the day where these skis to me are most in their element.
I waited until the afternoon to take the Burner’s down The Rapids, which is on the Backside of Northstar. This run goes right under the lift and has the biggest bumps and is longest mogul run at the resort.1,300 vertical feet of consistent bumps, to me, is a joy to look at while riding up the lift, but uber much more fun to ski down. Years ago I would have stayed on this run all day, but now days, I must choose wisely the amount of time I spend in the burger lines or I will be paying for it later.
After about a quarter of the way down The Rapids, I realized that indeed I was on a carving ski. It was me who was going to have to alter my skiing style in order to get the performance out of the skis that I desired in the moguls . The squared tails wanted to hold me in my turn and in the ruts a little bit longer than I wanted. So quick tail slaps, while mozying down through the bumps, to check my speed took a little extra effort and forethought.
And the tails, even though the snow had softened (not mushy though), had some definite spring to them. This was not readily apparent to me on the frontside even when I would charge some fast slalom turns. Those who are heavier than me (165lbs), the tails should flex a little more and be more foregiving for you.
In the afternoon session, I wanted to see how the skis responded for shirt quick turns. The Ski Logik’s did not disappoint. If I leaned a little forward and pressured the tongues of the boots , I could really get the tips to engage. Also, the skis responded extremely well when I positioned my weight more over my boots and used my ankles.
Even though as the day moved on and the sun began to soften the snow, the Front Burners continued to perform well. The 138mm tips had no problem plowing through and keeping the skis headed on a direct course. I was expecting some play in them and maybe getting a little loose here and there through the chop and almost slop. But that did not occur, wherever I had pointed them is were they headed.
I think that being smooth and predictable are the most prevelant characteristics that come to mind when I think of the Front Burner skis. They are deceivingly stable, as they do not appear on first impression to be stiff. But they manage to have a dampened ride, even at high speeds and also while going through some junk.
I really would liked to have taken them off-piste or through some freshies, as I believe they have the makeup to crossover as well. With a 138mm tip and 84mm underfoot, these should have adequate float for some off-piste adventures.
These skis should not scare you into thinking that just because they are labeled as being a racing ski on the Ski Logik website, that they will be too stiff and unforgiving. I think the Front Burner’s would be a good choice for a Western skier looking for an all around carving frontside ski.
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