2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Skis

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Elan Ripstick 96 Skis

The Elan Ripstick 96 has undergone a few positive changes for this year. With a same general shape and theme, the 96 is the ultimate versatile all-mountain weapon that loves to be on edge and pushed. With a spoony tip shape and a playful tail that loves to be pointed in the direction of radness. These things really light it up and the best part is that they do it at all speeds. Their low-speed compliance is off the charts and that's something that gets overlooked a lot in advanced and expert skis. You're not always bombing all the time, so it's helpful to have something that can turn easily and well at lower velocities. When you do want to turn it up, you'll love the additional carbon found along the inside of the forebody and underfoot portions of the skis. By placing this material over the inside edges, Elan has created a stronger and more powerful feeling for carving turns and hitting those high speeds out there. This creates a lot more confidence and ability to make a turn wherever and whenever you want. Narrow enough for bumps and tight trees but wide enough to float on some decent snow, the Ripstick 96 is built for any and all adventures that you can configure. Advanced and expert skiers will love the all-mountain versatility and performance from the 2021 Elan Ripstick 96 skis.


  • Sidecut: 136/96/110 mm
  • Turn Radius: 18 meters at 180 cm length
  • Tubelite Wood Core
  • Amphibio Rocker Profile
  • Carbon Line Technology
  • Vapor Tip
  • Carbon Rods
  • Weight: 1650 Grams Per Ski
  • Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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was able to ski the 94 ripsticks in a 174 cm 1 year ago they felt like they skied short so i measure them tail to tip what you call a straight pull.they measured 170. i was able to measure a 106 ripstick in a 181 that came in at 177 are the 2022 more on target with there stated length?
Question by: dave on Apr 7, 2022, 12:00 PM
Hi Dave!

The actual lengths for the 2022 Ripsticks are a little shorter than the advertised nominal length. The 2022 Ripstick 96 in a 180 comes out to an actual length of 177.3 and this is the same for the 106 in a 180. So yes they are a little shorter but its closer that in past years at only 2.7 cm shorter.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 13, 2022, 11:20 AM
I'm 49, 6'0" and 195lbs, advanced skier, been skiing for 46 years exclusively in the West (CO, UT, WY). I'm currently on 2012 Sickles, which I love, but I don't get enough days on the hill to take advantage of their float, and I'm spending more time skiing with my kid (15 year old) now, so more groomers and varied terrain. I enjoy the Sickles immensely and am always impressed with their performance on groomers given their girth, but as I approach 50, I"m looking to add something to the quiver that's a little easier to push around. Is this Ripstick a good option? The Wingman 86 seems fun, but maybe too narrow for a one quiver west ski? I'm open to other suggestions as well.
Question by: Lance on Mar 22, 2022, 7:00 PM
HI Lance!
I like the 96/mid-90's for a one ski western quiver. The Ripstick does it all, and that's a very good thing. When you get them up and on edge, they really come to life and make the carving power of the ski shines. Head Kore 93 or Rossignol Sender 94 Ti also make good choices. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 23, 2022, 4:44 PM
I am 6 ft tall and 195 lbs advanced skier which size ski would you recommend for me?
Question by: Dave on Apr 13, 2020, 7:27 PM
HI Dave!
I'd say the 180 is just about right. The 188 is pretty long, and it's never a fun thing to get the shorter version and feel like you've left some performance on the table. Take care!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Apr 14, 2020, 8:20 AM
Hi, I am an advanced skier (6'00", 175 pounds). I mainly ski in California (Palisades, Mammoth, Heavenly) and do fair amount of spring skiing. I try to enjoy the whole mountain and spend a fair amount of time on groomers, moguls and between the trees. I am looking for an all mountain ski that I can enjoy in most conditions. I am torn between: Elan Ripstick 96, Atomic BC 100, Volk Blaze 94. Which one would you suggest for me and why; or should I be looking at something else entirely? Could you also kindly advise me on length, my old pair of skis is 174 and I find it too short for my liking. Should I be looking at 179-180 lengths?
Question by: Serge on Mar 18, 2022, 11:49 PM
HI Serge!
You've got three great choices there--no way to go wrong. The Atomic is the most playful and floaty of the three, while the Ripstick and Blaze are nice, grippy, and quick. I'd lean to either the Blaze or the Ripstick unless you know you want something more flexible and floaty. Between those, the Blaze has more of a traditional feel to it while the Ripstick has an amazing amount of energy to it due to the carbon rods. I'd say the Ripstick is a slightly higher-performance ski but I'd look to either of those models in the 179/180. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 21, 2022, 10:12 AM
Hi! I am an east coast skier mainly skis at Stratton, Windham, and other upstate NY, VT places, and thinking about buying my first pair of skis. I am 5'9'', 170, advanced, 90% groomer. I've narrowed it down to RIPSTICK 96 or Rustler 9.... any suggestions between them?
Question by: Jack on Mar 3, 2022, 11:09 PM
Hi jack!
Both awesome. Rustler's metal underfoot does give it a more grippy torsional flex to it, while the Ripstick is more snappy and energetic. If you're 90% groomer, I'd lean to the Rustler as it does have that damper feel and slightly better edge grip. I'd think 172 will get you where you need to go in that ski. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 4, 2022, 10:23 AM
Hey, Guys. Love the reviews. I'm in the market for a new set of sticks and have been eyeing the Ripstick 96 Black. Since they are impossible to find, I've started considering the regular Ripsticks again. I'm currently on 2015 Blizzard Brahmas in a 173. I'm 5'9" 210, not a fast skier, but like to open it up on some of the flatter trails. I stick mostly to groomers, but will look for ungroomed parts of trails, will duck into the woods if coverage is good and will hit up the bumps, rather ungracefully, when spring rolls around. So, question is, based on "me", should I hold out and try to find myself the Black Edition, or would the regular be sufficient? Or any other suggestions? I'm thinking the 180, based on the rocker being more than what I'm on with the Brahma. Thanks, guys....
Question by: Pete on Feb 12, 2022, 3:08 PM
HI Pete!
While it was difficult for me to get back on the regular after the Black, I did so last week and was actually kind of impressed with the normal 96. I'm 6'2 225 so I like the beefier of the two skis, but I still managed to find a whole lot to like about the green 96. I also skied it in a 188, which I don't think I've ever done before, so there was more ski for me to stand on. We'll get more 96 Black in with our normal order, but we have plenty of green's with bindings available now: https://www.skiessentials.com/2022-elan-ripstick-96-skis-w-tyrolia-attack2-14-gw-bindings.html
Black Crows Camox and Head Kore 99 are suitable alternatives to either 96. I'd go 180. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 14, 2022, 10:49 AM
Hi There,
Live in Alberta Canada and ski in BC as well. 5'8" 150 lbs. Advanced skier that likes to ski the whole mountain except for parks. 50/50 on piste. Just wondering if the Ripstick 88 and maybe adding another ski like the Rustler 10 or Fisher 102 FR would be a good 2 ski quiver that would add some versatility or just getting the Ripstick 96 to simplify things. Our local hill had demo days and was able to try the Ripstick 94w as they did not have the mens 88 or 96 and had a blast on them in the trees and bumps. Your thoughts on the skis mentioned and recommended lengths.
Question by: Dylan on Feb 5, 2022, 2:21 PM
Hi Dylan,

For the ideal 2-ski quiver go for a 88 waisted Ripstick skis for hard pack, groomers, bumps, and when you get some fresh snow or soft snow days go for the Fischer 102 FR so you have a good floater, cut up snow and crud ski.

At your stats , 172 for the Elan, 170 for Fischer 103 FR.

There is now NO condition you cant ski with these two skis as your quiver!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 7, 2022, 12:01 PM
Hi Gents-

I came back to skiing after a long layoff, and what do you know- it's just like riding a bike! After renting for a few seasons, I picked up a 163 Kendo last season and thus far I have found that it suits my style of riding- I like to ride fast and charge hard (for me) on groomers) . I was afraid that the ski would be too much ski for me and it would be hard to turn so I settled on the 163 after consulting with you and others. After having skied it a bunch of days, I'm wondering if I should have gotten a 170 instead as I am not having trouble getting the ski to do what I want. Now I'm looking for a more playful ski to complement the Kendo. I'm thinking that the Ripstick 96 or the Bent Chetler would be a good counterpoint. Which one of these would you recommend as something to ride at all speeds (I've been riding with my son (8 years old- skiing for 3 seasons) so even though he's been riding some blacks, I wouldn't mind taking it easy every now and again and slowing it down to look for features to have fun on- a more playful ski but not entirely useless on hard surfaces. I'd like to do some woods riding, and if it was good on the rare powder day, that'd be great too! I ski mostly in NY and Vt. I'm 5-7, 160lbs and I'm an aggressive Intermediate to advanced level skier. Not good at jumping!
Question by: Johnny B on Feb 2, 2022, 9:51 PM
Hi Jonny,

Ripstick 96 all the way! Quick edge to edge, great hard snow grip and plenty stable at speed. Playful in the bumps and tight trees and a very capable floater in 3-6" of snow as well with is unique rocker profile and tip. Bent chetler does not have the hard snow chops or stability at speed. At your stats, go for the 164cm length.
Have fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 3, 2022, 2:04 PM
Would it be too much of an overlap to get this 96 when I already have the 106 black? I bought the 88 ripstick for more groomer fun and the ski is not for me. I want something fun and lively on the front side, without a lot of overlap with the 106. 5”9” 185lbs, I ski Colorado: Loveland, copper, winter park.
Question by: J Tilton on Mar 28, 2021, 9:41 PM
The 96 provides more torsional stiffness than the 106 and is better on firm or packed out snow. It would certainly be a better option for more frontside oriented skiing than the 106 which is more soft snow/off-piste oriented. If you want something with better edge hold on groomers, the Wingmant 86 CTi would be a good option as it is the more groomer-oriented version of the Ripstick.

Feel free to reach out with any other questions: 877-812-6710 // [email protected]


Answer by: Matt McAlary on Apr 2, 2021, 3:47 PM
How well would these work with a Cast Binding?

I have a pair of dps 100 pagodas with atomic shifts and that binding is clunky tbh.

Question by: Doug on Sep 27, 2022, 3:02 PM
Hey there Doug,

Thanks for reaching out. The Ripstick is awesome as an alpine and crossover touring ski. Though we don't have any CAST Bindings I can say the ski is compatible with that style of binding. Hope this helps!
Answer by: Seth F (Admin) on Sep 28, 2022, 11:20 AM
Ski Essentials has some of the best content I have seen — Thanks!
Question Background:
- I’m skiing Telemark: Meidjo 3 / TX Pro
- About 10 days into transition from Leathers and NNN BC backcountry skiing
- A few years of Alpine skiing in distant past
- Rockies or PNW
- I would call myself an Advanced Intermediate Skier.
- 6’ 3” / 175 base weight.
- Already have:
- Current K2Wayback 88 in 181
- Current Nordica Enforcer 94 in 179
- Current Elan Ripstick 106 in 188
- Did have, and have skied, current Ripstick 96 in 188 (no longer have)

I know ski length tends to work off of height, but I’m probably on the lighter side for my height.

So, my question is this: Ripstick 96 in 180 or 188?
If it came in a 184, I wouldn’t be asking!
The thing that has me hung up on the 188 is that: What does a heavier / better skier ski? The 188 is the longest ski in the lineup, and I’m not the burliest, hardest charging skier out there.
I know there is no “right” answer — just looking for thoughtful, well informed advice.
Question by: Stephen on Jun 4, 2022, 7:49 PM
Hi Stephen!

Ripsticks generally run a little shorter than the advertised nominal length. The 188 actually comes in at a 184.2 for actual length, which is right in that sweet spot you're looking for so I see no issues choosing the 188. Hope this helps!

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on Jun 16, 2022, 2:38 PM
Hi There. I am writing all the way down from Argentina. I am looking forward to buy elan ripstick 96 2022 with shift bindings.
I am 6´1", and weight 194 Lb. I am and advance skier. I will be using this gear 70% in lift 30% touring. I have some questions: Is it 188 cm right? which size of shift bindings do you recommend? DIN 10 or 13?
Thank you very much.
Have an excellent day.
Question by: Juan Francisco Vergnaud on May 14, 2022, 8:27 AM
Hi Juan!

A 188 for the ripstick sounds like a good fit for your build. The Ripstick runs short anyway so the 188 is actually a 184.2. For bindings the shift 13 is going to be a great fit with the expanded DIN range and stronger heel piece.

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on May 16, 2022, 5:04 PM
I got the Ripstick 88 for daily driver here in the east. I’m thinking of getting the 96 as well and put shifts on both. Would that be a good 2 ski quiver for the East?
Question by: Ken on Apr 26, 2022, 12:13 PM
Hi Ken!

You could ski not just the East Coast, but the whole country if you wanted to with this setup! With these two skis and shifts you're fully covered for any condition, any day.

Have fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 26, 2022, 1:34 PM
Hi -
Any construction difference between the 2022 Elan Ripstick men's & women's models or just topsheet graphics?
Specifically the Ripstick 88 172cm vs the Ripstick 88W 170cm &
the 96 172cm vs the 94W 170cm?
Question by: Andy on Apr 24, 2022, 4:25 AM
Hi Andy!

Construction between all Ripsticks is shared so the only difference is going to be the Length and Sidecut profiles. The Ripstick 88 and 88W however are the same ski with the Woman's being a little shorter and having a different graphic.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 25, 2022, 11:25 AM
I am 80 years old 5'10" 165 lbs been skiing for 66 years. I ski Palisades, Whistler, and Whitefish so I need a ski that can handle heavy and wet snow. At my age I have slowed down and ski mostly groomers and crud. For occasional powder I have a 178 k2 pinnacle 105. Looking for a frontside groomer that handles crud. Looked at Völkl Kendo, Dynastar m pro 90, Liberty Evolv 90, and Black Crows Serpo and trying to limit my options and select a length. Would appreciate your advise and am open to suggestions.
Question by: alain plattner on Apr 16, 2022, 10:22 PM
Hi Alain!

I think you'll really like getting on a Ripstick if you're focusing more on maneuverability at slower speeds. The Ripstick is also a pretty damp ski for how light it is so it can handle crud no problem. The M-pro would also be another ski to consider with its surfy and energetic feel.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 19, 2022, 12:51 PM
Are bindings included?
Question by: Richard Given on Apr 8, 2020, 5:16 PM
Hi Richard!
We don't have a package set up yet for that ski with a binding, but if you give us a call at 877/812/6710 we can put one together for you. Take care!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Apr 9, 2020, 9:08 AM
I am an advanced intermediate skier, 5'9 and 175lbs and have only really skied on the K2 Disruption 78C, would this ski or the QST 99 be a better option?
Question by: Josh Gladman on Jan 7, 2021, 12:15 AM
HI Josh!
If you prefer a lighter ski with some quickness, I'd look to the Ripstick, but for a bit heavier of a ski with more stability, the QST is a great choice. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Jan 8, 2021, 7:19 AM
Hey guys - First wanted to say I love your videos online they've been awesome.

I am 6'1, 160 lbs, 22 y/o buying my first AMS. I am an advanced/expert skier (can ski everything on-piste at a mountain like Park City, Snowbird, Aspen don't know what constitutes an expert) that loves tree skiing and off-piste powder skiing. I usually ski the West Coast, but moving out east I think it's going to be more of a 50/50 split, maybe even 60/40 in favor of the East, so even though I like tree skiing and off-piste powder skiing I know that won't be the majority of what I'll be skiing in the East (I think?). I am looking to buy the 94s at 180cm (I like a shorter ski, I even tried the 172s because my shop didn't have 180s which were too short). Can the regular Ripsticks hold up on the east as an everyday ski, or should I spend the extra buck and have a bit of a less playful ski in the blacks?
Question by: Rob on Mar 22, 2022, 12:00 PM
HI Rob!
That mid-90's is a great place to be for an all-mountain ski, especially with your stats and application. We see a lot of Ripsticks here in VT on the feet of a variety of skiers, from intermediates to very fast experts. I'd think that ski in the 180 would be awesome. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 23, 2022, 6:05 PM
Looking at these ripsticks 96. approaching being an advanced skier. 42 yr old. 5 ft 9 170lbs. Currently on nordica hell n backs at 169 size. Ive never skiied bigger than 170 so Im leaning towards the 172 but it seams like your usually recommending the 180 so Im torn. East coast skier who like to go fast sometimes.
Question by: Jay on Jan 29, 2022, 10:16 AM
HI Jay!
If you're used to the 169 and don't have an issue with it, I'd go 172. It's more about preference than a formula. The skis are great and can handle speed, so I don't see a need to upsize. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 1, 2022, 2:24 PM
SE gear heads... Thanks in advance for the indulgence and feedback. I am ski instructor in Southern California and up until now have ski'd on DPS Wailer 112 with Marker EPF bindings and Scarpa boots. Not the ideal set up to ski on morning icy groomers and afternoon slush. Also during certification training, I am working much harder to do all the tasks then the others with 75mm - 88mm waist width skis. So here is my dilemma. I love my boots but they require a certain binding which requires a certain ski. I've looked at the Volkl Deacon 84 but boots are not compatible with the ski/binding setup. Now I am thinking about either the Elan 96 (green) or Elan Black Edition. I am 6'4, 250lbs and when not with clients, I tend to ski big GS or Super G turns but also need something that I can occasionally maneuver in steeps and bumps. Ready to pull the trigger on a new ski setup... Appreciate your help, feedback and guidance.
Question by: Patrick on Mar 17, 2022, 12:11 PM
HI Patrick!
I think your size and experience warrants the 96 Black. It's stiffer and more stable, but not heavier, and that's one of the best parts of that ski. I'd also check out the Elan Wingman 82 or 86 CTi if you're looking for a Deacon 84ish type of ski. Those come flat so you can put an MNC binding on them if you wish. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 18, 2022, 11:04 AM

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