The MSP is one of 4FRNT’s originals, launched into production in 2003. But this year, in celebration of the Salt Lake City-based company’s 15th anniversary, the MSP (named after the company’s founder, Matt Sterbenz) got a redesign that, in many ways, represents a new chapter of ski building for 4FRNT.
The MSP is a resort ski built for frontside crushing from the East to West coasts. A poplar core, camber with rocker, and Titanal semi-cap construction, these skis are smooth and damp, especially in variable conditions. Countering the smooth, easy feeling tip, the MSP gets significantly stiffer toward the tail.
I took these skis through a variety of terrain, most of which was mixed and not super awesome snow, but that didn’t matter. These skis absolutely rip. The new material and construction made the ski effortless to engage and steady on edge. On the stiffer side, the tail had a lot of energy, though some may find it overpowering. The result is a strong ski that nearly anyone could pick up and love. —Eric Gerrmann