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Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla Ski Review

Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla is a ski for the women rippers. The ski isn’t softened up or shrunk down. It comes in a 182cm, and our woman tester really loved the bigger size. There’s no denying that this is a big ski, and if you’re a strong skier looking for a women’s specific model to take you all over the mountain, it could be a good option.

Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla On-Mountain Video Ski Review

Bindings: Marker Griffon

Size: 182cm

Days: 1

Riders: Lauren

Conditions: Deep Tracked Out, Soft Chop, Groomed

On the Snow Feel: The Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla is a hard charging big mountain ski that feels at home in soft snow.

Powder: The Valhalla is loosely based on the mens North Shore which is RMU’s powder ski for the men. The Valhalla is a bit narrower, coming in at 104mm underfoot, but is still really fun in soft snow. It has a 5 point design, with a heavy taper and wide width in tip and tail. It makes floating in pow really easy, and with all that rocker it easy to pivot and maneuver. This was one of our favorite ladies skis for powder.

Turn Initiation and Carving: The Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla has a 5-point design that really helps to make turn initiation easier. That being said, this isn’t a ski for the timid. It definitely takes some work to get the ski one edge, and it was most happy when driving the ski. Still, it is a light-weight ski given its size, and strong skiers will find it relatively easy to maneuver. Once on edge, the Valhalla is very stable. It’s quite powerful and was fun making longer radius turns. It’s not super quick or energetic, but can be worked into smaller turns in tighter spots.

Speed: The Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla inspired a lot of confidence when carving big lines. It really seems to like speed, and on edge the ski was damp and stable. It does have a loose and playful feel when bases are flat, but it still feels pretty substantial and stable.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: Our female skiers really liked the Valhalla in tracked out and variable snow. It is a big ski, and can be a bit of work swinging it around in heavy chop, but if you’re willing to work it will reward with a smooth and stable ride. The ski is capable of cutting through on edge, but almost feels more fun when allowed to just run over the top. It’s a pretty strong charger, and is a very solid crud buster for its weight.

Edge Hold: We didn’t ski the Valhalla on any firm snow, but with the 5-point design it seems like it would hold decently well. The effective edge is decently long, especially for how maneuverable the ski can be. There’s also enough camber underfoot to give the ski some grip on snow. We probably wouldn’t take in on ice or really firm hard pack, but if we had to ski firm groomers from time to time, it could handle it.

Bottom Line: The Rocky Mountain Underground Valhalla is a ski for the women rippers. It needs to be skied, and it doesn’t really reward a timid or last skier. When you do get on it, the ski is very stable and damp. It feels at home in soft snow, and was fun blasting through tracked out snow. On edge it’s powerful and stable, and really holds up well to long radius turns at speed. If you’re willing to work a bit it can be moderately nimble and maneuverable, but it does take a strong skier to get it to move quickly.

 

This review reflects the OPINION of our testers based on their personal experience with a particular product. We do not guarantee that you will have the same experience with, or opinion of, a product as our testers did. This review 
should only be used as a general guide.

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Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Skier Level

Advanced - Expert

Ski Style

Big Mountain (Freeride)

Ski Width

Wide

Ski Shape

Directional Twin

Camber Profile

Rocker/Camber/Rocker

Core Material

Paulownia

Turning Radius

Manufactured in

North America

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Moderate

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Versatility

Moderate

Playfulness

Moderate

Powder

Great

Carving

Good

Speed

Great

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Good

Moguls

Average

Trees

Good

Jumps

Good

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor