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Elan Ripstick 96 Skis 2025

The Elan Ripstick 96 was rebuilt for this season. It's the strongest it has ever been but it is still one of the easiest skis to ski. Win, win. It offers incredible performance, grip, maneuverability, and predictability. It inspires confidence and is one of the most versatile options in the all-mountain category. There's a reason it's still one of our favorite skis.


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Easy to turn, easy to balance and loaded with all mountain performance. Good skis are good skis.


The 2025 Elan Ripstick 96 is one of the most confidence-inspiring skis on the market. Compared to previous versions of the Ripstick 96, the 2025 model is the strongest and most stable version. While Elan improved performance they haven't made the ski any more difficult. Arguably, they made the Ripstick even easier. An updated rocker profile makes the Ripstick 96 more maneuverable and easier to turn and a new shape in the tip and tail of the ski allows them to grip better and the Ripstick is less easily deflected or knocked around. The Ripstick 96 crushes off piste and is no slouch when it comes to laying over nice turns on a groomer. The reason why so many people love the Ripstick series is the light, nimble and agile characteristics these skis have. While they are easy to ski that doesn't mean expert skiers or aggressive skiers won't like them -- especially this version. The Ripstick 96 feels solid and can be pushed hard, however, if you are a more aggressive skier check out the Ripstick 96 Black edition. This is one of the more versatile skis you can get your hands on, and it works for a huge range of skier types and abilities. If you thought the previous models "weren't enough ski" this version is notably improved on that front. 

Who's this ski for? Progressing skiers who want something that's easy to ski and ready for any and all conditions. 

Who isn't this ski for? Skiers who want the most powerful ski money can buy. The Ripstick is solid, no doubt, but there are stronger more stout skis out there. 

Recommended Binding: Marker Griffon ID with 100 mm brake

Technology update:

Updated shape in the tip and tail of the ski (less easily knocked around in tough snow and a stronger feel in a turn.) "Carbon Deck Technology" introduces carbon fiber tubes close to the edge to improve strength. Elan also added "flax" in the tip.

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Tech Specs

  • Radius/ 16.8m @ 175cm
  • Profile/ Rocker - Camber - Rocker
  • Core Materials/ Poplar & Paulownia
  • Designed By/ Elan
  • Weight/ 1640g @ 182
  • Dimensions/ 133 - 96 - 114mm
  • Added Materials/ Carbon // Fiberglass
  • Built By/ Elan

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If you want one of the best skis for cruising (or crushing) the resort (or backcountry) the Elan Ripstick 96 is the choice. It works really well for a huge range of skiing abilities and terrain. There aren't many skis out there that are this well-rounded.

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