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  • Why I Love The VICE 97 - A Competitive Freestyle Riders Take

    November 21, 2023 3 min read

    Spencer Taggart - Paradise Freestyle Skier

    Why I Love The VICE 97 Freestyle Ski 

    Written By Spencer Taggart - Sponsored Junior Freestyle Athlete 

    When it comes to skiing in terrain parks having the right equipment is essential, to me one sticks out above everything else, The Paradise VICE 97.

    First off, let's talk about the design of the 97. This ski is specifically designed for freestyle skiing, with a symmetrical shape and a center-mounted binding position that makes it easy to ride both regular and switch. The VICE 97 has a waist width of 97mm, which is wide enough to provide stability on landings while still being agile enough to spin and maneuver in the air. The ski also features a poplar wood core with carbon fiber stringers, giving it a light and responsive feel.

    But how does the Paradise Skis VICE 97 actually perform in the terrain park? According to numerous reviews and my personal experience, the VICE 97 is an excellent park ski. One of the standout features is its playfulness - the ski feels very nimble and easy to maneuver, making it ideal for jibbing and spinning. The poplar wood core provides a lively and responsive feel, while the carbon fiber stringers add extra snap to jumps and landings.

    The VICE 97 also performs well on rails and boxes, thanks to it being center mounted This makes it easy to ride switch and pull off tricks in both directions. The ski's wider waist width also provides stability on landings, which is essential when hitting larger jumps.

    Another benefit of the Paradise Skis VICE 97 is that it performs well outside of the terrain park as well. The ski has a moderate flex, making it versatile enough to handle various conditions and terrain types. It can handle some powder and crud, and the camber underfoot provides good edge hold on firmer snow.

    In summary, the Paradise Skis VICE 97 is an excellent terrain park ski that is well-suited for freestyle skiing. Its symmetrical shape, center-mounted binding position, and poplar wood core with carbon fiber stringers make it a playful and responsive ski that excels at jibbing and spinning. Its wider waist width and stability on landings make it a good choice for hitting larger jumps, while its versatility means it can handle various conditions and terrain types outside of the park as well.

    About Spencer
    Spencer is a 15 year old competitive freestyle skier for the Castle Mountain Freestyle. When he isn't tearing up his home mountains Pass Powderkeg or Castle Mountain, he's coaching mountain biking. Keep up with Spencer on his Instagram where he's always posting rad reels! 


    About The VICE 97
    The VICE 97 is a unisex, freestyle oriented all-mountain ski. Our most versatile ski, the VICE 97 is perfect for any intermediate to advanced skier looking for a roughly 60/40 off-piste/on-piste ski. Freestyle and smaller freeride athletes flock to the 97 thanks to its poppiness and controllability. All in all, it's a very controllable ski that works anywhere on the mountain. For more information on the VICE 97, click here. Like all Paradise skis and boards, the VICE 97 is made using sustainable materials, bio-based resins, and environmentally conscious construction and shipping practices. We also plant trees for every item sold. For more info, head to our Sustainability page.

    Spencer getting ready to compete

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