For bigger mountain lines and straighter turns, especially versus something like the Black Crows Atris, the Corvus is here to fit that bill, and likely then some. It’s interesting that a company can make multiple skis in the same width category, but still have them behave differently and appeal to a varied skier base as well. The Corvus occupies the more rugged side of the spectrum, and that’s due to a couple of variations in its build and profile. First, in terms of construction, the Corvus uses a poplar wood core and fiberglass laminates, but it also uses two 120 mm long titanal plates that run the underfoot portions of the skis. This gives the ski an extra bit of heft and strength in the mid body of the ski, allowing the pilot to really lean into the turn and hold tight at very high speeds. At 107 mm underfoot, the skis are on the wider side to be considered carvy, but this metal certainly gives the Corvus a good deal of power in the turn. It’s not a particularly short turn, either, with the Corvus bringing a 21-meter turn radius to the table. The shovels and tips are a lot like the Atris and the outgoing Navis, but the tail is strictly business. Minimal to no splay is to be found there, nor is there really any rocker or taper to talk about. It’s a very flat tail that holds tight to the end of the turn, putting the Corvus on the top side of the charger category, taking some of the playfulness away for sure. But, for skiers who need that tail to bite on some of the most rugged and adventurous terrain out there, the shape and profile of the Corvus will be right there to guide your way.
Big Mountain, Powder, All Mountain
Marcus Shakun skied the 183 and noted it was a good length for him. He’s a pretty tall skier at 6’5’’, so it’s interesting to hear that he might opt for that rather than the 188 (or the hefty 193, for that matter). Marcus scored the ski 5’s out of 5 for stability, flotation, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. It’s impressive to see that edge hold and flotation were both in the 5’s, but that’s what you get when you put two sheets of metal into the wide-bodied Corvus. An overall impression score of 4 out of 5 was pretty nice to see as well, and a 2 out of 5 for quickness and maneuverability is not that shocking to see. Marcus notes that the Corvus is a “big mountain slayer for advanced and expert skiers. If you need a ski to charge through the slop, pow, or chunder at any speed, this is it. If you can roll this monster on edge, it will hold.” And in terms of the shape of the ski and how well it turns when it’s on edge, Marcus states that the Corvus likes to make “long, long, long radius turns. It’s able to wiggle through tighter spots, but has to be worked appropriately. I’d peg this ski for an advanced and expert skier who skis powder, and not really a whole lot else.” Marcus’ score of 3 out of 5 for versatility does back up that assertion.
Another tall skier, Mike Thomas, also skied the 183. He found it to be “sort of short,” meaning that if he skied the longer version, it might have been sort of long. Mike, like Marcus, also scored the ski 5’s out of 5 for torsional stiffness, edge hold, stability, and flotation, with an overall impression score just splitting the line between 4 and 5. His low scores were in the 2.5-range for playfulness and forgiveness. Mike did note that “it took a few turns to come to terms with this ski. There’s a lack of camber and the metal feels odd at first, but it made sense after a run. Steer into the turn and then just let them rail.” Sounding somewhat surprised, Mike finished by stating that “I really enjoyed these.”
Big, fun, and burly, the Black Crows Corvus certainly has its own style and flair. It occupies a pretty small place in the market as a whole, but takes up a ton of room on the actual mountain. Speed limits to not apply to the Corvus, and skiers who know how to drive and balance on a ski will find the best rewards. If you’re looking for a gentle, easygoing ski to get you from the top to the bottom, you’re likely looking in the wrong place.