Last week I was lucky enough to take part in the Powder Magazine 2012 Ski test in Jackson Hole, WY. Conditions were variable, but great for testing; hardpack, bumps, and chalk in bounds, and 8 inches of powder in the backcountry. One of my favorite new skis was the Volkl Shiro. A brand new model from the renowned German ski manufacturer, the Shiro has a wide shape, 151-119-135 and comes in 173, 183 and 193 cm lengths. The rockered tip and tail kept the skis buoyant in powder, while the flat, zero camber mid body carved surprisingly well on groomers, hardpack and crust. The Shiro was perfect for making effortless super g turns down Rendevous Bowl, Granite Canyon and Four Pines, very stable at high speed but still quick edge to edge in the trees and tighter lines. These proved to be a versatile powder ski that can rip through the variable conditions in bounds, to access deeper snow in the sidecountry and backountry. Overall a great new powder ski from Volkl, I hope to be on a pair next season. Check out this video of Jessica McMillan ripping it up on the Shiro!
Powder Magazine 2012 testing tent, the ultimate quiver!
The Volkl Shiro, rockered tip and tail, flat under foot.
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