The Alchemist Wailer 106 feels like a departure from the DPS skis of previous years, which were primarily known as all-carbon skis made for lightweight touring and soft, untouched pow. This year, DPS introduced a mix of aspen and carbon material to the core of the Alchemist Wailer, which provides a level of dampness that I’ve never felt before in their skis.
The Alchemist Wailer is still lightweight compared to its peers, coming in at just under 1800 grams in a 178 length, making it reasonable for uphill travel. But it’s also able to take on resort laps thanks to the addition of wood in the core and mid-fat width underfoot.
Where the DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 shines is on groomers and in packed, chalky powder off-piste. Sometimes you just want to schmear your turns, but these skis were a bit too aggressive to quickly throw sideways or butter into and out of a turn. You’ve got to feel your shin against the tongue of your boot on the Alchemist Wailer, railing turns with speed the whole way down. Lacking the playfulness I like to utilize in resort, this is the all-business charger begging for a hybrid binding. —Lyndsay Strange