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The Vacation "Prototype Skis"

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Model: The Vacation
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The story behind the development of the new "Metal" & "Vacation" skis

My relentless chase to create something that one-ups the previous, drove Francois & I further forward than ever before this past winter. By the time we were done, we had developed over 30 different variations each tested & scrutinized to further progress the next reiteration until we dialed in every last detail needed to make this a ski an award winning ski like nothing else before it. See how we did it!

I built a few extra prototypes of the final version in a 186cm available here selling cheap in exchange for feedback, I guarantee they'll put a smile on your face. For those who want to own one of the first pair, add it to your cart before they're gone! Killer deal only $499, will be $666 next season.

"THE METAL" Ski Prototype

“The Metal” has all of the high performance, powerful benefits you’d expect from a ski with Titanal metal in it, but without the extra weight. . . powerful AND shockingly playful! The secret is in the way we’ve optimized the metal laminate’s geometry & location running only narrow strips down the center of the top and bottom of the core, ending before the tips to also reduce swing weight. The result is exponential torsional responsiveness & stability with an incredibly nimble, lively & fun feel. Add it’s deep 5 sidecut radius sidecut, rocker and reliable flex pattern and you’ve got a ridiculously fun cliff stomping, crud crushing, pow surfing ski that will also have you smiling ear to ear on groomer days laying down high-speed hip dragging carves like you just won a gold medal in Olympic GS. #Jmetal


Tip / Waist / Tail mm:             135 / 106 / 124
5 Sidecut avg. m:                    17
Camber mm:                           2
Boot Mount cm:                       6 back from center
Rocker Tip/Tail mm:                8 / 3
Tip/Tail Height mm:                65 / 50
Weight g/ski:                           2100


  • Titanal metal enhances dampening, stability & edge grip
  • Powerful, energetic Maple core
  • Impact absorbing full height Sidewalls
  • Reliable extra thick steel edges
  • High-speed thick sintered base


"THE VACATION" Ski Prototype

“The Vacation” is the ultimate get away. . . from traditional stiff skis. If your idea of fun is to slash, butter, press, air, nollie & jib your way down the hill from untracked pow to the groomers and everywhere in between, it’s time for a Vacation! This is one of the widest skis you’ll find with such a soft flex pattern turning boring terrain into a jibbers playground, coupled by deep sidecut for arcing mind blowing carves (A futuristic version of “Lizzy”). Giray Dadali AKA "Ahmet's Brother" style of jibbing the entire mountain from the pow to the park was such a huge inspiration while developing this ski. #Jvacation


Tip / Waist / Tail mm:             135 / 106 / 124
5 Sidecut avg. m:                    17
Camber mm:                           2
Boot Mount cm:                       6 back from center
Rocker Tip/Tail mm:                8 / 3
Tip/Tail Height mm:                65 / 50
Weight g/ski:                           2100 


  • Powerful, energetic Maple core
  • Light & poppy Carbon fiber
  • Impact absorbing full height Sidewalls
  • Reliable extra thick steel edges
  • High-speed thick sintered base

    The Vacation™ Model Info

    The Vacation™

    A wide ski with a soft, playful flex for throwing tricks all over the mountain, from the park to the pow.

    I've completely re-engineered The Vacation with an innovative new flex pattern and shape! The softer overall flex in combination with it's lively Maple core and carbon fiber construction enables the ski to naturally conform to a broader variety of freestyle terrain with unprecedented comfort and tons of energy and pop. This ski's incredibly playful feel butters and throws tricks with much less effort, while maintaining solid big air landings and high speed reliability. I also completely updated the geometry in the tips to have less sidecut for a much more effortless, surfier feel in the pow, and tight trees. With this new tip shape you’ll never have to worry about catching your tips when buttering, popping to switch or throwing tricks in in the pow. This ski is the ultimate getaway drug from traditional boring skis... to a much funner time anywhere on the hill! If your idea of fun is to slash, butter, press, air, nollie & jib from untracked pow to the park and everywhere in between, it’s time for a NEW Vacation! #JVacationSki

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    The Vacation™ Ski Specs

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    Top Shape:
    Lengths Available (cm): 173cm, 180cm, 186cm
    Ski Length (cm): 180cm
    5 Sidecut Avg. (m): 17m
    Tip / Waist / Tail (mm): 135 / 106 / 124mm
    Boot From Center (cm): -4cm
    Profile Shape:
    Camber (mm) 2mm
    Tip / Tail Height (mm): 65 / 50mm
    Rocker Height Tip / Tail (mm): 8 / 3mm
    Rocker Length Tip / Tail (mm): 48 / 40mm
    Weight per ski (g): 2086g

    Rocker Matching Sidecut™

    Unlike other rockered skis, we carefully match our rocker geometry with our sidecut geometry. To accomplish this perfect match, we blend multiple size radii into one smooth parabolic curve from the end of the camber to the very tip, like a surfboard.

    This creates a much smoother tip shape that has no abrupt kinks, flat spots or awkward changes for the best of both worlds! The rockered tips effortlessly surf and float in powder, while the edge length in contact with snow is dramatically increased to improve grip and reduce tip chatter and bounce. You won’t believe how precise and effortless your skis feel from the hard pack to the pow!

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    The Vacation™ Construction

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    I’ve spent over two decades designing, developing, and continually refining the industries most innovative and award winning skis ever created. Now that I’m selling skis directly to you, I’m able to invest more money into using the most expensive, highest quality materials possible, sparing no expense like never before in the name of premium ski performance & durability. You’ll literally feel the difference the moment you make your first turn and still be stoked, years later like it was still your first day on them! This is why I confidently back all my skis with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more about this ski’s construction below…

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    Carbon Fiber

    Lighter with more energy & pop than fiberglass
    Just like fiberglass carbon needs to be fully stretched like a guitar string to give you the most pop. Unlike other brands of skis with wavy black carbon, not stretched, thus you’re not getting the energy out of it, we use pre-cured, pre-stretched carbon fiber laminates. This means the carbon is pre-stretched & cured under perfect conditions at the carbon fiber production facility prior to us receiving it. This pre-cured carbon laminate is twice the cost but also gives you many more times the performance. You’ll feel it!

    Maple Wood Core

    Highest quality wood for a lively energetic feel & long life
    The factory is located in Quebec Canada, so we got Maple, eh! Maple is a very expensive high quality hard wood, thus the reason it’s used to build floors and furniture in your house that lasts a lifetime. Maple absorbs impact, and has a ton of energy for a very ski feel and long life. We run 4 – 20mm wide Maple laminates the entire length of the core, plus 100% under your foot for unprecedented energy, durability & binding screw retention. At the tips of my skis you’ll see more of the light colored Aspen witch is incredibly lightweight with plenty strong when laminated alongside Maple for reduced swing weight at the tips.

    Full Height Sidewalls

    Maximum impact resistant & vibration dampening
    We’re using super durable, high impact absorbing Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene for our sidewalls. This is the same material we use on our ski's bases. It’s very impact resistant and since it’s full height, it also absorbs more vibration like using a longer spring in your car’s suspension. Take a metal pipe and hit it against a rock, then do the same with a piece of plastic. The metal vibrates through to your bones & the plastic absorbs the vibration for you. That’s the difference of having full height plastic shock absorbing sidewalls over your edges or not. We’re cutting the isdes of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.

    Thickest Edge

    The thickest, most durable edge in the industry
    We use the thickest hardened steel edges in the industry 2.2mm x 2.5mm. More metal = more durable. Whether you’re accidentally hitting a rock or purposely sliding a rail, you’re edges will live a much longer life. You’ll also be able to re-tune many more times or file them round to slide rails longer.

    Sintered Base

    The fastest, thickets, most durable base material
    I don’t match my clothes, but I always match my base & edge. We use the thickest edge so I also use the thickest base in the industry 1.8mm. I use sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene, the highest quality base material available. It absorbs wax better, slides faster, and is more durable than any other base material. Basically it’s super hard & fast, like your _______ likes it.

    Rubber Laminate

    Absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces risk of delam
    Think of a ski’s construction like a magazine, each page = layers of material in the ski. Then bend your magazine you’ll see every page slide against each other, this is “shear”. This shear force trys to separate, thus delaminate all the layers in your ski every time it’s flexed or the tips are slapped down on a jump landing. This is why I run a layer of thin rubber around the full perimeter of the ski over the entire edge, plus the full width of across the tip and tail. The rubber acts as an insulator so that the edge and other materials can slide against each other when flexing without delaminating. This dramatically improves durability & reduces vibration.

    Quasitropic Fiberglass

    Fibers run in 4 directions to maximize energy & strength
    Fiberglass works like a guitar string, when it is flexed it wants to spring back, that’s the energy or pop you feel in a ski. However this energy can only be applied in the direction the actual fiberglass is run. This means the more directions of fiberglass, the more energy, pop & responsiveness. Industry standard “Triaxial” fiberglass runs in only three directions, we use a Quasi Isotropic fiberglass configuration, same as the aerospace industry to maximize energy & strength in as many directions as possible, 4 different axis 0, 90, +45, -45. It costs more, but it’s worth the performance.

    High Definition Digital Printing

    You already know I put a lot of value in graphics! So instead of traditional silk screening with low resolution image quality, you’ve seen the dots! I’m using a state of the art, Fuji UV Flat bed printer, a $170,000 machine that enables me to print high resolution from my computer directly to the plastic top & base. The resolution is unbelievable photo-real so you’ll be one of few skiers in the world with skis looking this good on your feet.

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