Outside the shack, I switched skis with Tim Dyer. He works for Liberty Skis, the Avon, Colorado-based brand founded in 2003 with a dream to make high-performance twin tips. Just a few turns on the Liberty Origin96 had me wishing I’d been skiing them all morning. I had been on a women’s specific model, the Genesis 106, which skis well, but with paulownia added to the core, it’s lighter and less powerful. The Origin, on the other hand, is built with bamboo, poplar, and carbon fiber and is agile and sporty. Liberty has been a champion of bamboo as a core material for more than a decade, extolling its lightness, strength, and ability to bend deeply and snap back.
For many skiers, the Origin96 clocks in on the skinny side. (It debuted in 2017 as the narrowest ski in the Origin series, though this winter welcomes a new 90-centimeter model). But, for flotation and fleet-footedness, the well-rounded Liberty features a full tip and tail rocker, with positive camber underfoot. They have the chops to take on big lines but are ideal for those wanting a quick, easy-to-carve resort ski. It was just stiff enough that I didn’t need to wrestle it into a turn, but it responded well to powerful initiation.
On the mellow groomers we skied back to Moonlight Basin’s six-pack chairlift, I made a thousand turns, lapping up the ski’s graceful snappiness and need for speed. —Clare Menzel