First Look: DPS Skis’ new Spoon in Action

Question: 'Marketing hoax or a legitimate new shaping technology'?

In Powder‘s September issue ((#40.1), Senior Editor John Stifter writes about the new DPS Skis R&D project called the Spoon—”the first ski built with reverse camber forward, back and torsionally.” Now, in a video released last week, we get the first look at the convex Spoon in action. It’s worth taking a look. Consider this:

“With speculation about whether the convex DPS Spoon is a marketing hoax or a legitimate new shaping technology, enter the first recorded footage of the Spoon… Shot behind Alta, Utah in March 2011, Stephan Drake puts the Spoon through its paces, in deep north-facing snow,” reads a statement from DPS. It continues, “There is very little up-and-down, short radius bobbing movement like the powder footage that is all too common these days on center-mounted skis. In its place: incredibly fast, slarving, angulated skiing in bottomless conditions that brings powerful, reeling, and vertical sprays.”

While DPS has not yet to announce a release date for the Spoon, the company is preparing to give away the first factory-built Spoon to someone, selected at random, who “likes” the DPS Facebook page.

Now, more linguistic-gymnastics from GPS on the Spoon: “Overall, the DPS Spoon defies convention. It's singularly meant for deep powder skiing—and nothing else. Think deep, untracked touring, heli, or snowcat days for skiers who understand angulation and planing. The Spoon is huge, fully rockered, has a convex base, and six downward-facing cleats. The Spoon moves ski design into a complex world of four dimensions where shape, rocker, base convexity, and cleats all must work together in synergistic design. Its proprietary and radical design delivers massive flotation, nimble handing, and huge sprays. It will forever change the way you ride deep powder.” — Tim Mutrie