DPS - The Space Within
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Combining DPS's classic Lotus shape with its lightweight Tour 1 construction, the powder-hungry Lotus 124 Tour 1 Ski boasts a wide waist and respectable weight to help keep your legs fresh on those big-vert powder days. A fat 124mm waist and massive 149mm shovel make the Lotus one of DPS's better skis for floating down the deeps, and the early rise tip assists with setting the skintrack in waist-high snow.
Despite being a fatty, this Lotus maintains a slim weight of just over three pounds per ski thanks to its lightweight Tour 1 cap construction. The Tour 1 construction consists of a nimble balsa wood core and carbon prepeg laminates to maintain the torsional rigidity and dampness you'd expect from a DPS ski. DPS also added narrow steel edges for durability, and the World Cup race base is one of the fastest and hardest in the business.
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.