Late summer every year, DPS fuels countless ski dreams with their annual Dreamtime offering. Part of Dreamtime is a limited edition Powderworks ski that offers a glimpse into the fantasy minds of the ski engineers tinkering and toiling somewhere in the depths of their Utah factory. Some brands call this their “race room” while others call it their “skunkworks”. Perhaps at DPS, it’s the “dream room.”
Carbon airbag gas cylinders (i.e., tanks, cartridges) are beautiful. About 327 grams (larger aluminum version is 666 grams). Smaller, so you don’t need as big a rucksack. These can’t be retailed in North America, but transport hacking them over here from the enlightened EU seems to work. What you end up with is a 30 liter capacity avalanche airbag backpack, Mammut Light 30, that weighs 2.1 kilos (4.6 pounds). That’s amazing, considering just a few years ago the “normal” weight for a similar sized airbag backpack was more along the lines of 3 kilos — a third more!
Power of Four ski mountaineering race is grueling — 24 miles with 10,000 vertical — and this year it was crushingly cold. Temperature at the 6/am start was in the single digits and barely climbed to 20F during the race. The finish was a bit quiet, as our best racers are in Europe and the Aspen Skiing Company wasn’t exactly making a big deal of it (there wasn’t even a sign at the finish stating what the finish was for), but good to see our local athletes giving it their best. It’s truly an amazing race that even includes a section of bonafide wilderness. We hope that some day, perhaps the Power of Four could be a World Cup comp.
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