Is the Peak 98 the Ultimate Spring Ski?

Brent Thomas | | Featured ArticleFeatured Article
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This ski can do it all. Credit: Jeff Engerbretson

Spring can be the most magical time of the season for skiers. The snowpack is deep, the days are longer, and bluebird days are plentiful. This year, with record snowfall in many areas of the West, it is proving to be one of the best late seasons ever. Many resorts are extending operations well into May and some even into July and August. 

Springtime also brings warmer temperatures and changing snow conditions throughout the day. The snow can be refrozen and hard in the morning but then transform into soft corn by the afternoon. Having the right gear is essential for making the most of the late season and giving you the confidence to tackle anything on the mountain. 

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Prime spring skiing. Credit: Jeff Engerbretson

The Peak 98 ski may be the perfect tool for this magical time of year. This ski is easily the most versatile of all the skis in the Peak lineup and is the very definition of an all-mountain ski. This adaptability makes it ideal to leave trenches on the hardpack or blast through the slush. 

Why is it so great? The 98 is constructed of a paulownia and ash wood core sandwiched between two sheets of metal. The metal laminate construction comes equipped with KeyHole Technology™ which places an oval-shaped hole into the forebody of the upper titanate layer to produce bending and torsional profiles that are highly unique to Peak skis. This proprietary technology allows for forgiving turn entry and powerful edging to unlock the ski’s true potential.

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The perfect weapon of choice. Credit: Peak Skis

As the season is winding down, the Peak 98 can help make the most of your final days. But don’t think that’s all it can do. It can be your daily driver for powder, crud, chalk, storms, moguls, and whatever else the mountain throws at you all season long. 

Check out the Peak 98 in action below.

Even if your local mountain has shut down for the season and you have no lift-served skiing options, Peak has you covered with the 98SC model. The SC stands for “side-country,” meaning this is a lighter ski built for touring and bootpacks. But don’t let that fool you. The 98SC is still a ripping resort ski, especially if you prefer a lighter and more maneuverable feel. It is also perfect for spring tours, summer couloirs, or big volcano missions. They are built from the same mold as the 98s with some slight modifications. They have less metal and a lighter core construction to save weight and to make the skin track or bootpack easier. It has a surfier feel off-piste but sacrifices nothing on firm snow. 

The time between winter and summer can also be referred to as prime time. It comes from the Latin word primus, which means of the highest quality, and temperatures, referring to the time. Many skiers believe this can also be the prime time of the ski season. The unique characteristics demand you have the right gear for the job. So, if you are looking for the premier spring skiing experience, make sure you grab a pair of Peak 98s. 

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