The skis were used initially to cruise the slopes of Avoriaz in bluebird conditions and they ate up the piste with no problem. They were smooth to traverse in flatter areas of sticky snow and glided easily over areas of fresh powder, with lightning fast responsiveness helping my confidence grow as an off-piste amateur. On day two I was faced with more challenging conditions where heavy snow affected speed and visibility. I found the Dictators useful in this environment because they are easily manoeuvrable in choppy areas where snow has piled up on the piste. In whiteout conditions, it is essential to have maximum control since the piste can throw up mounds and drops which are unexpected, and the Dictators sliced through crud and around moguls with no problem. In off piste areas with lots of trees, it pays to have a quick, zippy ski to dodge them without difficulty. The Dictators are designed to be just as at home in steep couloirs and gulleys as on the piste and I only explored a few areas of their expertise, but they passed every test with flying colours.
The Dictator features dual titanal layers, a fusion lite core and dual radius sidecut, but what does that mean? The fusion lite core refers to the blend of poplar and paulownia, two of the lightest hardwoods available. Using lighter woods enhances responsiveness and rebound - this ski has flex that pushes back! The core is sandwiched between two sheets of metal which have isotropic qualities, meaning they are strong in all directions for maximum stability all over the mountain. The rocker in the tip and surf zone technology mean that when fresh snow falls, you choose your own speed limit through the powder as this ski thrives in the soft stuff. A nod to the growing popularity of ski touring and the ski’s freeride capabilities, it comes equipped with a skin clip and is light enough to take touring. The skis get progressively wider underfoot through the series, ranging from 85-115. The 1.0X and 2.0X measure 85 and 95 respectively.