The DPS Cassiar 87 C2 is a versatile all mountain ski. DPS is traditionally known for their wider, more freeride-oriented skis, but in recent years they’ve released some narrower skis with more of an all-mountain focus. It’s 87 mm underfoot and has a turn radius that ranges from 17 to 19 m. There’s some obvious influence from DPS’ wider skis, as the Cassiar 87 has a more subtle version of the rocker and early taper profile we see in a lot of DPS skis. This version of the Cassiar 87 uses Alchemist construction, arguably the most technologically advanced ski construction on the planet. It relies heavily on vibration-tuned carbon fiber. This gives it much better vibration damping than most skis that use carbon fiber, providing a lighter alternative to skis that use metal. Combine that shape with the ski’s unique construction and you’ve got a recipe for a very versatile all-mountain ski.
Mike Thomas tested the 178 cm length, which he noted was short for his size. That said, he still thought that length felt “OK,” but we’re certain he’d prefer either the 184 or 189 cm length. Nonetheless, we got some high score from Mike, including 5 out of 5 for quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. Mike described it as “quick, zippy, and playful.” The lightweight feel achieved with Alchemist construction typically gives its skis a very quick, responsive feel. “This would be a wonderful every-day/every-condition all-terrain ski. Best for a finesse skier, can be overpowered if muscled around.” We think part of Mike’s last comment came from the fact he was on that short-for-his size 178 cm length.
Noah Labow also tested that 178 cm length, but for him it felt perfect. Noah found it felt “very stable for how light it is!” Noah scored stability a little bit higher than Mike, so skier size and weight seems to play into perceived stability, as you’d guess it might. Noah experienced the same versatility as Mike, ending his feedback by saying it would be a “good everyday trail ski.”
Bob St.Pierre falls into the same category as Mike, being a little big for the 178 cm length he skied. He didn’t find as much stability at speed as Noah did, but Bob still really enjoyed its performance. “Makes very nice, clean, and round turns. Can be snappy and quick and has a versatile turn shape.”
Dave Carter also got on that 178 cm length and gave the Cassiar 87 Alchemist some of the highest scores out of all our testers. Lots of 4’s and 5’s out of 5 from Dave, and he thought it had plenty of stability and edge grip, enough to hang with the highest performing skis in this category. “Really light ski that seems to hold better at high speed than others in the same category.”
Michael Rooney and Benny Wax both also skied the 178 cm length and both loved the versatility of the Cassiar 87 Alchemist and its ability to handle off-piste conditions. According to Michael, “the Cassiar 87 skis smoothly, even when there are some bumps in the trail.” He also added that he would “like it even in a lot of powder.” Benny Wax described it as “easy turning, forgiving, playful in the bumps, quick and floaty. Would really like in spring bumps and powder.”
Based on the feedback from our testers, the Cassiar 87 Alchemist can be a lot of different things for different people, or just a highly-versatile all-mountain ski for anyone. It has enough torsional stiffness to hold an aggressive carving turn, yet it’s light enough to feel maneuverable and playful in moguls and other off-piste terrain. 87 mm isn’t the widest waist width by a long shot, but it’s still enough surface area to give the ski a little bit of float for those soft, deep conditions.