While the DPS Foundation skis don’t use the latest or most innovative construction technology like some DPS skis, they do have a specifically engineered relationship between flex pattern and sidecut that is supported by high end materials. The design of the Foundation skis starts underfoot and moves outward to the tip and tail with dimensions changing slightly through each length to retain the same feel. The Cassiar 95 in the Foundation construction is marketed as a versatile all mountain ski that can do a little bit of everything. Considering its 95 mm width, wood core, and slight rocker profile, it really should be able to do a little bit of everything, but let’s find out what our testers thought.
Pat Toporowski admitted that the Foundation Cassiar 95 was “better than expected.” He tested the 178 cm length and went on to describe in more detail that he found it to be “more stable than expected,” while still being quite playful and versatile across different snow conditions. He thought it would make a “great one ski quiver for someone looking to ride the whole mountain.”
James Stewart also tested the 178 cm length thought they felt “quick and light.” James did comment that he found them to be “a little noisy,” but thought it was a very “versatile shape” and that it was “stable on edge.” While some might think James is contradicting himself by saying it felt both noisy and stable, but we think the key idea here is that they felt stable “on edge.” That’s definitely where the Cassiar likes to be skied. Other more soft snow oriented skis within the DPS line allow for a more relaxed ski style and perform great on a relatively flat plane, the Cassiar 95 definitely likes to be on edge.
Kristi Brown didn’t think it was a ski that you really want to drive into a turn as she felt the “tips were slightly too soft.” It’s important to keep in mind that Kristi is a pretty aggressive skier that typically is skiing on something with more metal. We also don’t know what Kristi skied before the Cassiar 95, and if she was coming off a stiffer, more aggressive ski this comment makes a lot of sense. She tested the 170 cm length and could have also come off a longer ski. She just found that you don’t want to “dive into turns as the tip can buckle,” but did say that “if you like fresh corduroy and wide-open-cruiser-Sunday-turns the Cassiar is your vehicle.”
Mike Thomas didn’t really feel like he was held to “Sunday-cruiser” turns, and Mike’s definitely not a timid skier, so perhaps Kristi and Mike just had different experiences. Mike, on the other hand, found they had a “nice damp feel. Fun and easy to ski at low speeds, but really woke up as paced increased.” We think Kristi and Mike both have some important feedback here. While Mike found it performed great at high speeds, Kristi focused more specifically on turn initiation feel, so there’s a good chance Kristi was trying to drive a turn a little harder than Mike. Mike, however, thought it would be “best for an advanced to expert skier looking for a true “all mountain” versatile ski. Mike tested the 178 cm length, which might be a touch short for him, and it’s impressive he found them to perform so well at high speeds.
The DPS Foundation Cassiar 95 is pretty much exactly what it should be: a versatile all mountain ski with a range of performance for a range of conditions and terrain. It most certainly could be a good one ski quiver, especially for someone who feels like they split their time relatively evenly between groomers and off-piste terrain.