Black Diamond Kilowatt Ski

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The deep snows of Utah beckon. Next week I head west to Salt Lake City for some business, and then a weekend of pleasure, skiing the fluffy white at Alta Ski Area in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

My skis of choice? Oh, let me now drool. Black Diamond just shipped me a demo pair of its Kilowatt skis, which are stable and wide-bodied sticks perfect for deep snow, crud, steep chutes, and most anything else I’ll find to throw at them.

Here’s how Black Diamond puts it: “The Kilowatt combines wide-bodied stability with an easy-turning silhouette for tight turns in mixed terrain. With a 3D CNC-machined wood core wrapped in torsion box construction, the ride is easy and predictable, yet powerfully efficient.”

I hope so. Will report on the test results soon enough.

Its dimensions are 127mm (tip) x 95mm (mid) x 112mm (tail), and I’m skiing the 185cm model for length.

Price is $539.

New for 2007.


Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.