2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115 Powder Ski Review: Hard Charging, Lightweight, & Damn Stable

Miles Clark |
Tops of the 2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115cm.

2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115 Stats:

  • Lengths: 182, 189 cm
  • Rocker:  Tip and Tail
  • Stiffness:  Pretty Stiff (8.5/9 out of10)
  • Weight per Ski (189 cm): 1800 grams
  • Dimensions: 144-116-132 mm (189cm)
  • Sidecut Radius: 24 meters
  • Core: Paulownia + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
  • Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.1 cm from center or 82.7 cm from tail
  • Design assist by pro skiers Dane Tudor and Fabian Lentsch
Fired up before dropping down to Lake Tahoe in after a 100″ storm in January 2017. SCOTT Scrapper 115 in 189cms. image: snowbrains

REVIEWER STATS:

  • Name:  Miles Clark
  • Days skied on SCOTT Scrapper 115 in 2017/18:  110
  • Locations Skied:  Squaw Valley CA, Tahoe Backcountry, Jackson Hole WY, Jackson Hole Backcountry, Bariloche Argentina, Antarctic Peninsula, Brighton UT, Alta UT, Snowbird UT, UT Backcountry, Interior BC
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight:  170lbs
  • Skiing Level:  Advanced
  • Ski Length Tested:  189cm
Miles and the SCOTT Scrapper 115 in the goods at Jackson Hole, WY in March 2017. 📸: Gavin Lura

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I give this ski a 9 out of 10.

The 2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115 is made to charge, go fast, send airs, stomp landings, and be stable while doing them all. 

For advanced/expert skiers.

This ski is powerful in big, steep, challenging terrain while bringing you the float you need in deep powder snow.

This ski excels in the steeper, powdery terrain of Tahoe, Utah, Jackson Hole, Patagonia, BC, Alaska, and the like.

In my 17 years of skiing full-time, the SCOTT Scrapper 115 in the 189cm length is my one and only dream ski.

I no longer use my brain on Powder Days, I simply grab this ski and go – every time.

Why? 

Because this ski does all I need a powder ski to do.

This ski is made to charge, float, fly, and stomp landings and that’s exactly what it does. 

It performs exceedingly well in deep powder, steeps, and airs. 

It’s very stable at speed, is still fun on groomers, and can even slash through soft moguls.

I have resort bindings on one pair of these and a touring set up on another pair.  

I skied this ski all over North America during the record 2017/18 winter and it always rose to the occasion.

WHAT SCOTT SAYS:

“With outstanding feedback and success in its first season, the award winning SCOTT SCRAPPER 115 has become the benchmark for the quiver freeski-ski. Utilizing SCOTT’s carbon/wood core construction the SCRAPPER 115 combines all the ingredients of a winner; Powerful and ultra-stable everywhere, yet light and nimble when needed.” – SCOTT Sports

TURN-I-NESS:

Despite being a big ski designed for charging, this ski is surprisingly nimble.

The true test for me was skiing the hardwood forests of Patagonia this past 2017 summer.

These trees are hard, you don’t wanna hit them, and this ski turned so well that it made negotiating these forests a breeze.

video showing Miles on the SCOTT Scrapper 115 in summer 2017 in tight trees in Patagonia

FLOAT:

The float-i-ness of this ski seems otherworldly at times.  I don’t ever got bigger than this ski anymore because there is no need – this thing floats in all snow depths.

LANDING AIRS:

This ski provides a very stable platform to stomps airs with ease. 

The size of the ski, the width of the ski, and the stability of the ski make landing airs comfortable and

 

STIFFNESS:

This ski is stiff and built to charge and be stable at high speed.

I’d say this ski is 8.5/9 out to 10 stiff.

The tip is the softest part – then the ski quickly gets stiffer and stays stiff right until it lets up on stiffness a bit in the tail again.

Profile of the 2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115cm.

TIP & TAIL ROCKER:

This ski has both tip and tail rocker.

The tail rocker is subtle and I don’t notice it too much.  I like a strong tail to boost me out of the backseat after landings or if I get stuck back there and these stiff tails do just that.

The tip rocker feels standard and does a great job of delivering float in deep snow and helps make the ski feel and turn shorter than it is.

When people ask me about the SCOTT Scrapper 115, I tell that it’s my dream ski.  After hearing that, many ask me what other skis I’ve enjoyed in the past.  I’ve spent a lot of time on these skis and I like the SCOTT Scrapper 115 more than these other comparable skis for freeskiing:  Atomic Automatic, Atomic Atlas, Volkl Explosive, Atomic Big Daddy, Blizzard Cochise.

Miles on the SCOTT Scrapper 115 in the deep.📸: Connery, February 9th, 2017 — at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

WHAT THE SCOTT SCRAPPER 115 IS FOR:

Powder Days. 

This ski is for powder days.

I’d say any powder day over 4″ deep, I’ll bring out the SCOTT Scrapper 115 and start charging.

This ski really shines when the snow is 12-36″ deep.

Miles in the Jackson Hole, WY backcountry in February 2017. image: owen leeper

GROOMERS:

I don’t have any trouble skiing these skis on groomers. 

They hold an edge well, carry speed, and are able to shut down speed quickly.

WEIGHT:

1800 grams per ski in the 189cm size.

This ski is light for it’s size.  It’s certainly lighter than the 2015/16 SCOTT Scrapper.

Despite being light, this ski has retained it’s dampening and stability.

In general, I like a heavier ski when skiing inbounds, but this ski is lighter and still does it all.

Base of the 2017/18 SCOTT Scrapper 115cm.

SIZE:

I spent the majority of my skiing career on 193cm skis or thereabouts.

193cm long and 120mm wide underfoot is a touch too big to be honest.

I remember when I was fortunate enough to ski Meteorite Mountain in Alaska in 2012 that I was on the Atomic Atlas at 193cm and 124mm underfoot and even on that big face, that was too much ski.

That was a defining moment in my life.  Since that day, I don’t ski anything over 115mm or so underfoot and I LOVE that SCOTT made this ski 189cms in length.

This ski being a touch shorter than 190 makes it that much more turny and fun.

To me, this ski has the perfect dimensions:  189cm long and 115mm wide underfoot.

CONTRUCTION:

SCOTT Scrapper 115 Construction.

MOUNTING:

I always mount my big powder ski 1cm forward. 

I think this 1cm forward make the SCOTT Scrapper a bit more turny and fun. 

I recommend a 1cm forward mount.

This is a big, bad, stiff ski and this small adjustment can make a big difference.

video of Miles skiing the SCOTT Scrapper 115 all over in good snow in 2016/17

BOTTOM LINE:

If it snows more than 4″, I recommend reaching for the SCOTT Scrapper 115. 

I give this ski a 9 out of 10. 

My favorite conditions on this ski are 12-36″ of fresh snow combined with steep, varied terrain.  In those conditions, you’re going float like crazy, easily be able to carry speed from feature to feature, and be able to stomp airs with ease.

This thing floats, charges, stomps airs, all while delivering a calming stability.

 


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