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Elan Ripstick 88 Skis 2024

The Elan Ripstick 88 is one of our most popular skis. It's great for a huge range of skiers and it will make you feel like a stronger skier; regardless of ability level. It offers solid grip, smooth turn initiation, and an effortless feel. It's built for groomers but doesn't mind getting adventurous. You'll feel like a hero on this ski.

$454.99 Orig. $699.99

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Easy to balance on, a surprisingly stable feel for a ski this light, and awesome on groomers.


The Ripstick 88 is a crew favorite in the 80-90mm category. It's easy to ski, makes a lot of skiers feel like they're better at carving, and handles any condition. The 88 is an absolute boss among other 88mm skis, which is a group that has extremely stiff competition - pun intended. The Ripstick 88 is the lightest and least demanding of the bunch, it feels the most nimble and is a blast at low speeds or on low-angle terrain. It initiates a turn effortlessly and makes skiing some icier terrain a breeze. The ski grips really well without feeling overbearing while rolling edge to edge. It's not as powerful as some other skis in this category, but the trade off is that it's easier to turn, and feels more maneuverable. As far as versatility goes, the Ripstick 88 stands out among skis this narrow thanks to that maneuverability. Other skis at this width can feel very frontside focused. The Ripstick's energetic feel makes it more than capable of the occasional rip through the woods or bumps when the snow is good. It's not built for deep snow, but its ability to pivot quickly will provide skiers of any level with a confident feel, even in more tricky terrain. From groomers to wherever the snow takes you, the Ripstick 88 is a predictable feeling ski that's easy to balance on.

Who's this ski for? Skiers looking for a ski in the groomer-focused all-mountain category that's highly capable without being demanding. 

Who isn't this ski for? Skiers that prioritize power in their carving ski. Skiers that only wanna dip off-trail and find pow stashes. 

Recommended Binding: Marker Griffon with 90 mm brake

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Tech Specs

  • Radius/ 15.4m @ 172
  • Profile/ Rocker - Camber - Rocker
  • Core Materials/ Poplar, Paulownia
  • Designed By/ Elan
  • Weight/ 1445g @ 172
  • Dimensions/ 130 - 88 - 105 @ 172
  • Added Materials/ Carbon, Fiberglass
  • Built By/ Elan

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The Ripstick 88 works for a huge range of skier abilities and considering how great they are on groomers they offer enough versatility and are maneuverable enough to be skier anywhere on the hill. One of the best 88mm waisted skis on the market.

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