The DPS Cassiar 79 C2 is the narrowest ski they make and has earned the nickname of “The Trainer.” That’s in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback from ski instructors and skiers who really like to break down skiing technique. That said, it can also just be a fun all-mountain carving ski for a recreational skier. DPS Alchemist construction is lightweight, but also offers excellent edge grip, good stability, and vibration damping that’s typically only found in skis with metal. Sure, they come with a high price tag too, but it’s worth it if you value that combination of attributes. Unlike most skis in this width range, DPS has applied insights from their powder and big mountain skis to boost the versatility in the Cassiar 79 C2 in the Alchemist construction.
Susan Dorn skied the 167 cm Cassiar 79 C2 and described it as a “fun, easy carver.” She scored it 5 out of 5 for stability and quickness/maneuverability and 4 out of 5 for playfulness and torsional stiffness/edge grip. Susan found it had “easy, quick turn initiation,” which is an intended performance characteristic for the Cassiar 79. With its narrow waist, short 13.5 m turn radius, and tip rocker, it loved to turn. So much so, that Susan mentioned it “wants to carve, not much else.” She did add that it “can do bumps too – a plus,” which is due to the fact that DPS worked in some influence from their wider, more freeride-oriented skis. “Lots of power and pop from turn to turn. Let ‘em rip on corduroy!” The Alchemist construction from DPS is known for its energy and responsiveness, and in this width, it’s a whole lot of fun and super responsive.
Jeff Neagle skied the 174 cm length, which is the longest available length in the Cassiar 79. Jeff started his feedback by saying “Ski Instructors rejoice! The Cassiar 79 is easy to ski, but also performs at a high level. A great ski for both teaching and learning.” If you want to demonstrate different turn shapes and styles, the Cassiar is awesome. Easy turn initiation and good edge grip too, while the shape lets you release your tail edge to skid, smear, and slip turns. Jeff gave it some high scores, including 4.5 out of 5 for torsional stiffness/edge grip and forgiveness. It’s pretty rare to see both those criteria receive high scores, as skis with good edge grip often are pretty demanding. “Holds an edge well, and the flex pattern is friendly. Not going to beat you up if you make a mistake, but enough ski that it will respond well to expert-level skier input.”
Shelby Parenteau skied the 167 cm length and admitted it’s “not something I’d usually ski on,” but that she “was surprised to enjoy this ski!” The highest scores from Shelby were for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. “A very quick and stable ski. It was decently stiff and holds an edge and a turn like a dream. This ski does not want to go straight. It will keep pulling you into a turn, which is nice for a skier who likes making a lot of turns.”
The Cassiar 79 Alchemist is a ski that a whole lot of skiers would have fun skiing. If you spend most of your time on groomers and love analyzing and working on your technique, it’s just about the best tool you can ask for. If you’re a Ski Instructor, you really should have a ski like this in your quiver as it will help you demonstrate different techniques to your students. Then, after your lesson is done, you can go out and rip some high speed turns and the Cassiar 79 will perform admirably.