DPS traditionally hasn’t been known for them narrower all-mountain skis, but the Cassiar line is helping change that. This Cassiar 82 Alchemist uses their technologically-advanced construction technique that results in a lightweight, yet stable and torsionally stiff ski. Alchemist construction relies mostly on carbon fiber for its performance, but it’s high-end, vibration-tuned carbon fiber that has much better damping and stability properties than most carbon skis. The Cassiar 82 uses much less rocker than most of DPS’ skis, although still works in some early taper, which we’ve become accustomed to seeing from DPS. Designed for all-mountain versatility with a nod towards carving, we were excited to see how the Cassiar 82 Alchemist worked for our testers.
Troy Dehm skied the 185 cm length in the Cassiar 82, which happens to be the longest available. 5 out of 5 marks for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression from Troy. Scores like that typically spell a ripping frontside ski! “What a sweet ski! Solid, no chatter, and still playful. Wonderful edge hold and very quick turns with the ability to hold on a longer GS turn. Great sidecut. Might be too stiff for intermediates, but a heck of a ski for advanced to expert skiers. With a wide tip, it could surprise you in deeper snow. Great on groomers and a shorter length would be perfect in the trees.”
Nifer Hoehn also hopped on the Cassiar 82 in the 178 cm length and had a lot of really good feedback for us. “Solid ski from DPS. Good ski for a variety of trail conditions. Not powder with the 82 mm underfoot, but otherwise all good.” Troy noted the potential for versatility in his feedback, but Nifer specifically pointed out its ability to ski different snow conditions and terrain despite the relatively narrow width. “Held the edge well and really consistent through the entire turn.” Nifer can really drive a ski, and did mention that it felt “a little soft in the tip. Chattery, but not bad.” She also added that she “liked the weight.” Not many skiers will push the Cassiar 82 past its limits; many more will appreciate the lighter feel compared to traditional skis in this width range.
Michael Rooney skied the 178 cm length as well and found plenty of stability. “The Cassiar 82 Alchemist is quite stable. If you like making turns on groomers, you’ll love this ski.” David Wolfgang also got on the 178 cm length and really enjoyed the feel of the Cassiar 82. “Every ski has a sweet spot, and this ski likes to turn. A very precise ski that transitions from soft snow to hard pack without losing a beat.” The idea of versatility keeps coming back up with different testers. Among skis this wide, the Cassiar 82 is one of the more versatile. Precision is a good way to describe the feel of Alchemist construction. It’s very responsive has a distinctly precise, high-end feel.
Mike Aidala also opted for the 178 cm length during our Ski Test. “If you like to make a lot of turns all over the mountain, consider the Cassiar 82 Alchemist.” We saw high scores from Mike: all 4’s and 5’s out of 5, with the exception of a 3 out of 5 for flotation. His description of the ski feels a lot like David’s–the Cassiar 82 loves to turn.
The Cassiar 82 is a perfect ski for someone who skis mostly groomers and appreciates having a high-end ski, but doesn’t like the weight and heft that comes along with skis using metal laminates. Alchemist construction delivers impressive performance: excellent responsiveness, energy, and vibration damping that almost rivals those metal skis. Bonus: our testers think it’s a pretty darn versatile ski too.