Elan Bliss (2013/2014) ReviewOctober 1, 2013
- Effortless to power through the turns
- You don’t need ski racer quads to flex the ski
- Lightweight enough to use as a backcountry touring setup
- A tad light and soft for high-speed skiing
If you’re looking for a burly, high-speed racer, this probably isn’t your ski of choice. But if you’re looking for a friendly, do-everything ride that you can take you into the backcountry or anywhere in the resort—a ski that will make you feel like a better skier in deep snow and crud—then you’ve found it.
The newly updated Elan Bliss—the women’s version of Elan’s Chainsaw—got a Trulite wood core this year, along with vertical sidewalls and a stiff piece of fiberglass. The result? A lightweight, big-mountain ski that has a lot of power given its featherweight feel.
This ski was easily adaptable. Take it on hardpack and it’ll carve a turn, throw it into the steeps and watch it truly shine. The fat, shovel-like rockered tip plowed through crud with ease, making it a real powder skier’s tool. A great choice for advanced to expert women who want an all-mountain ski for out West.
The Bliss is exactly that in powder, thanks to its rockered tip and slightly turned-up tail.
Cruise the entire mountain like a champ and venture inbounds and out-of-bounds on one do-everything-well ski.
It comes in lengths of 155, 165, and 175 centimeters. The dimensions of the ski—width, sidecut—vary slightly with each length, so the longest ski is also the fattest.