Harvesting the corn.
Harvesting corn on the mountain is even more specific than harvesting season on the farm. Sure it's seasonal just like farming, but snow has a certain amount time it can cook under the sun before the corn turns sour. At a weight around four pounds per pair, the Black Crows Ova Freebird Ski keeps the weight off your feet so you can reach summits in springtime before you reap what you wanted to sow: soft, smooth snow. The Ova achieves such phenomenal lightness from a skinny 85mm waist that not only rides well on firmer snow, but also ensures a tight turn radius for challenging descents down tight chutes and steep couloirs.
Black Crows shaped the Ova with a lot of camber underfoot to pop in and out of each turn and enhance edging when you're working down the line's tricky crux. There's a bit of rocker in the tip to ease turning when harvesting is nice and deep, and the tail rises early to really make this ski quite comfortable to ride in difficult terrain. Black Crows made it out of a poppy paulownia wood core with fiberglass and carbon stringers that amplify the ski's stiffness without weighing you down.
- Backcountry ski specified for harvesting springtime corn
- 85mm waist rides firm snow best and allows tighter turns
- Classic camber under foot pops in and out of each turn
- Rockered tip and early rise tail ease turning in deeper corn
- Poppy wood core with carbon and fiberglass for moderate stiffness
- Cap construction keeps this ski at an ultralight weight of two pounds each
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.