Dynafit Chugach Ski

Built for big lines.

Chances are that steep, exposed face you're staring down the barrel of isn't all fluffy white powder, so when you need a ski that will push back when conditions turn variable, step into the Dynafit Chugach Ski. The Chugach is a departure from Dynafit's usually more weight-conscious skis with a total weight of 8lb 9oz in the 181cm length. This is by no means an ultralight touring ski, but the extra girth of the Chugach will be appreciated when you're skiing aggressively in no fall zones.

The Chugach features what Dynafit calls a Double Ellipse rocker. The profile, which is flat underfoot and rockered in the tip and tail, allows more edge contact as you roll the ski on edge, but will remain playful enough to slarve turns when conditions turn ideal. In short, the double ellipse rocker not only allows the Chugach to hold an edge in steep and icy terrain but allows them to carve like a race ski once you're ready to open it up. The ash and polar core strike a balance between weight and strength, so you'll still be able to get them up the skintrack with plenty of leg strength left to charge on the descent, while carbon stringers and fiberglass keep the weight down and increase the torsional rigidity of the ski.

  • Double ellipse rocker (flat underfoot, rockered tip and tail)
  • Full ABS sidewall construction
  • Ash-poplar core
  • Carbon speed stringers
  • Full carbon tip
  • 107mm underfoot (181cm length)
  • Single radius sidecut
  • 8lb 9oz (181cm length)
  • Alloy tip skin attachment
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Fantastic one ski quiver for the west

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I demo'd the 188 Chugach last week and felt compelled to write a review...I just had way too much fun on this ski! I skied the Chugach 5 times in every type of condition you'll find skiing in Colorado during March -- 18" fresh in the backcountry, chalky soft snow in-bounds and icy groomers.

The Chugach is not going to be for everyone, but this is a fantastic ski and it's going to make a bunch of people really happy.

My key observations:

1. It's a full reverse camber ski and it feels like it. It is one of the most pivot-y and loose and playful skis that I've ever been on. As a backcountry / soft snow ski, this makes it incredibly fun to ski. Turn the ski sideways and it'll scrub as long as you'd like it to. Due to this, it excels in any type of trees, medium speed powder, and believe it or not...it's super forgiving and does really well in bumps.

2. It is not light despite the Dynafit badge. The pair 9lbs and you can feel it. If you're looking for something lightweight go elsewhere. That said, this ski is not heavy compared to many all mountain skis which can easily be 10LB+ in a 188 length. BTW I'm 6'1" feet tall...188cm is the perfect length.

3. If you love a ski that rewards driving the tips through the turn, the Chugach probably shouldn't be your only ski. This ski prefers to be skied from the middle of the ski / your feet...putting too much input into the shovels doesn't cause problems...but you won't be getting a ton of positive feedback out of the ski. If you like to stay neutral on your feet and pivot through turns, you're going to have a blast.

4. If you want this ski to go fast and charge...it will...but it doesn't really feel at home. The tips are pretty soft, and while they don't deflect easily, I do think they chatter a little too much. Perhaps stiffening up the tips slightly would help...but you'd be sacrificing good things in other areas. If you want to open it up and go fast you can, but I didn't feel comfortable maxing it out like I would on a stiffer ski with some camber underfoot.

5. The Chugach can carve amazingly well. I was absolutely shocked at how this ski performed when I put it on edge and made big turns on groomers. Really cool to see this type of design work so well in pow, as well as on groomers. Fun fun fun.

Bottom line: if you are an assertive to aggressive skier in the US mountain west looking for one ski to do it all...mount these with a pair of Beast 14s and you'll never need another ski.

If anyone wants to buy the gear I have now...respond below and I'll have these on order the next day!

Still available?

Unanswered Question

Mounting position? WildSnow had them mounted at +1 in their review for the 181. Any suggestions? I'm pretty much sold on the 181 length after being on the demo, however, does anyone that has been on the 188 think it's not much more work to turn in narrow terrain (skis/chutes/etc)? I'm just worried about the 181 being too short for big, open runs. Thanks!

Best all around ski of the year

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very responsive, lightweight, Dynafit has really gotten it right-now if only they'd expand to the North American market!!!

Hi Leah, we are very much in the North American market. Have been for years. Cheers, Jamie (Dynafit Marketing Team)


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ski the Chugach with a Beast 14 binding daily.

This has become my everyday rallier, fat enough for pow and fully rockered, so still super quick and maneuverable. This is one of Dynafit's first truly charging alpine backcountry skis which manages to be relatively light weight while staying beefy enough to ski hard on, even in variable snow. So far I have skied this in all types of snow, and while I initially thought it was not going to be quite enough ski for deep pow I have found it's plenty for about 95% of my ski days, and still rips on firm snow.


Hey Cody! You mount them at what position ?

Versatile + Playful + Forgiving = FUN

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Disclaimer: I helped design both these and the Hokkaido's but am my own harshest critic.

Dynafit has never been known for producing outstanding big mountain skis. Our skis were always described as, "skiing well for how light they are." The Chugach and the Hokkaido change that. They are some of the best performing, most fun skis on the market bar none.... Alpine or touring.

What really sets these skis apart are their elliptical rocker profiles. What this means is that this ski is essentially a reverse camber ski, but that the rocker profile is super gradual under foot and that it slowly becomes more pronounced as you move closer to the tip and tail. This rocker profile creates an effective edge (amount of the ski's edge that is in contact with the snow) that is constantly changing depending on how far the ski is rolled over onto its edge. When the ski is relatively flat and the skiers feet are more underneath their body, the amount of edge in contact with the snow is relatively short creating a ski is both playful and maneuverable like many reverse camber skis. The skis can slide, slarve, drift and change directions at will. However, as the skier gets their feet further away from their body, thus rolling the ski up on edge further, the amount of ski edge in contact with the snow increases. This increases the skis stability and allows if to carve high speed GS turns. The end result is truly the most versatile and playful skis I have ever been on. Carve, slarve, slide, they do it all.

At 108mm under foot (188cm) many people would consider the Chugach strictly a powder or soft snow ski. It isn't. the Chugach excels when conditions are deep, but its also an all mountain ripper that loves everything from wind buff to hard pack. I spent some time on the East Coast last year and was able to ski in Vermont and New York. Despite the huge year, there was still plenty of HARD snow to really push the Chugach's boundaries. I was blown away with how well the ski performed on everything except the sections of transparent ice (I think this is more down to my lack of proper technique.) Thanks to its poplar and ash core and heavy glass lay-up it is a very damp, powerful and confidence inspiring ski. I was on the 181 cm ski, and on groomers I felt like I was on an all mountain carver. The reverse camber makes it super easy to initiate and the 22m turning radius wanted to pull you through turns. One of my revelations, however, was how easy they were to transition back and forth between carving and drifting. I would like to think that I can carve a ski %100 of the time, but I can't. This ski made me realize how useful a controlled high speed drift or slarve was for maintaining control in certain terrain without even slowing down. I let some shop employees and the local Dynafit rep ski them and they were such a hit that I left them there to be passed around.

Finally, it's a forgiving ski. My 66 year old mom is on the 173 and is skiing better than ever. The ski's elliptical rocker profile and round flex pattern create a ski that feels like it is bending around you and is very easy to stay on top of. Being able to transition between carving and sliding helps make this a forgiving ski as well. Bottom line: When a ski is easy to ski we can quit focusing on what our skis are doing and instead focus on skiing, which is a win win.

Try them. They've made me rethink what is possible in my skiing.

Mounting position? WildSnow had them mounted at +1 in their review for the 181. Any suggestions? I'm pretty much sold on the 181 length after being on the demo 181, however, does anyone that has been on the 188 think it's not much more work to turn in narrow terrain (skis/chutes/etc)? The demo was great in the trees and a few smaller chutes but I didn't get a chance to take it for a spin down any BIG mountain terrrain. I'm just worried about the 181 being too short if I got it out in the open and turned up the speed. Thanks!

Hey Jamie, I'm with Ktown, any suggestions on mounting position? Just picked up a pair

Ktown and Duncan L., I mount my Chugachs at the suggested mounting point. It is a ways further forward than most traditional skis and creates a nimble, playful experience, yet leaves enough tip out front for high speed charging. I played a ton with mounting points when we were determining the suggested mounting position and found this to be my personal sweet spot. Any further forward and steep kick turns become a pain. That said, If you are used to center mounted ski feel free and push them forward a touch for even more slarvy fun.

Also, on the 181 vs 188, I prefer the 181 as my all mountain ski. not only is it shorter, but it also has a smaller turning radius (22m vs 24m) which makes for a much more playful ski. Both can slide and slarve, but the 181 begs to crank turns on groomers and hardpack. The 188 is a ton of fun and has a higher speed limit, but doesn't give me the same grin inducing feeling of being in a centrifuge that I get from the 181.

One Ski to Rule Them All

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My experience skiing the Chugach was for 3 weeks this September in Bariloche, Argentina. I was on the 181 with the Radical 2.0 ST bindings and Vulcan boots and skied almost every day. Amazingly powerful but also light setup. We did a lot of touring days in the backcountry surrounding Cerro Catedral and few days skiing only the resort. I skied every imaginable condition and I felt solid and comfortable in every one. The carbon shovel charged over variable snow and at high speeds they were very stable, predictable, and inspired confidence. In powder they are an absolute blast. Floaty, playful, and give you the feeling of being super human. They aren't made for ripping groomers but they definitely held an edge and I could carve nice gs turns on them. I am 5' 9" and 160 lbs and the 181 was a good, versatile length for me, but I bet the 188 with the longer turn radius charges even a bit more. I'd also like to add that I would mount alpine bindings on these for strictly a resort skiing setup, these aren't tourers only. The Chugach is the ultimate free ride tool to ski big lines in the backcountry and get there under your own power. A few years ago I never could have imagined a setup that was so light but also skied so well. It is definitely a great time to be a skier.

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