Germany’s Autobahn came to mind while riding around Big Sky’s front side on the Sego Cleaver 102. Both the Cleaver and the famous route are known for what they lack—a speed limit.
I found the Cleaver’s sweet spot in the middle of the ski where I could press down on my big toe gas pedal and accelerate without any chatter or hesitation. This is a big, heavy ski with a relatively long turn radius. With a big rockered tip, it thrives in steep terrain, open piste, harbor chop, and funky grooming.
If it hasn’t snowed in a while—the Cleaver 102 will be your savior when you need to perform, point it, and not have your skis chatter off your feet. The smooth steadiness I felt while straight-lining the Cleaver 102 set me at ease as I chased my fellow Power Union members off the tram at Big Sky.
Bopping through tight trees is challenging due to its 23-meter turn radius, but the Sego Cleaver 102 is made to bomb around the mountain. It is not the ski to strap on your back since they are so heavy and they’ll still sink in powder even with the amount of rocker on this narrower all mountain ski.
For the small company based in the heart of the Tetons, Sego’s graphics set their skis apart. You’ll recognize the simple yet unique top sheet on the Cleaver 102 on any rack. —Lyndsay Strange