I followed Kristin Cooper, a Big Sky patroller, from the Lone Peak Tram into a cloud. With poor visibility conditions, she only popped into view every few turns, hinting at where I needed to point my skis. I put my trust in the Kastle BMX105 HPs. On many other skis, I’d be gun-shy, entering a steep, rock-lined shaft nearly blind. On the BMXs, I charged with but a whit of caution. Give these skis your heart and your soul and your thighs, and they will deliver. So did the run: It held a chalky afternoon powder stash.
Built with a beech/ silver fir core, the Kastle BMX105 HPs get the damn thing done. A low-camber profile keeps the center of the ski slightly elevated and snow-contact points centralized. This shortens the effective edge, making the ski more forgiving when entering and exiting turns. A progressive rise, which optimizes float and easy turn initiation, couples with an elongated “hook free” shovel and tail for an energetic performance. The BMX105s retain traditional Kastle features adapted from alpine racing, like the sandwich-sidewall construction and a hollowtech tip, which makes the ski damper while reducing weight.
Truly stiff and powerful, the BMX105s HP can be sensitive and precise, too. You don’t need to be an ex-racer to turn it, though it needs muscle to shine. New this year is a 165cm length, a major win for smaller hard-charging women. —Clare Menzel