Intermediate level freeride
skier Alex's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"I like that great surfy feeling of skiing in powder snow like most people do. On extreme days a pure rocker ski is nice but usually I prefer the combination with camber. That challenges me more and supplies versatility."
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Stöckli Stormrider 95
2. Rossignol Soul 7
3. Armada JJ 2.0
To all my reviews
Playful and good in powder
The Whitedot Director is one of those freeride skis that wants to be directed to powder snow. That is where it excels, that is where you can go to play and show off with the cool looks it has. With an easy flex, the Director ski floats perfectly in a lot of fresh snow. What also stands out for me is the ease of turning off-piste. It makes the Whitedot Director a lot more playful than I expected. At 191 cm length, the Director has a 25 meter radius and that doesn't hold it back from turning shortly. And longer lines are obviously in the standard package. In tracked terrain it is still OK, here you feel that the Director prefers soft mass beneath it entire surface instead of hard pack for the edge. A 4 star powder ski for me, I can throw it anywhere I want it backcountry.
As versatile as the Whitedot Director skis are in powder and sidecountry, as limited they are on pistes. All the pro's that make it so nice in fresh snow now work against it. At higher speed these freeriders tend to nervous and wobbly The 25 meter radius wants you to ski long turns, while that isn't always possible. Think about bumps or other skiers around the resort when some extra maneuverability makes a skiers life a lot easier. As with all skis, you'll get it down, but this is not why you would want to take the Whitedot Director skis up. Focus on soft snow and you'll have a great day with the Director. If that is not always available at your hometown resort, it might be nice to have these boys on the side.
Whitedot about the Director ski
"Maintaining the mid-fat 107mm waist of its predecessor, the new Director brings a revised rocker profile, flex pattern and shape to the blend. Fulfilling the requirement for a playful, rockered ski that will work equally well in the backcountry as it would across the wide spectrum of conditions to be found on the frontside of the mountain. An increased effective edge adds to the hard snow performance, whilst the latest rocker profile from Whitedot helps the ski float and turn in the toughest of conditions. Versatility defined.", according to Whitedot. I agree for soft snow. On hard snow my experience is that it has limited possibilities.