The Liberty Origin is back for 15/16 with a slight tweak to the core and rocker profile. However, the 2016 Liberty Origin is still a fantastic big mountain powder ski, and we found that our original review still holds up pretty well. The Liberty Origin is still one of our favorite skis because it performs just as good on the soft groomers as it does in the chop and powder. This ski is perfect for those wanting to ski the entire mountain in any condition and terrain. At 116mm underfoot it’s wide enough for the deep days, but a lively poplar core and traditional camber underfoot will have you making fun poppy turns all over the mountain.
2016 Liberty Origin On Mountain Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: Fun, playful, surfy, lively, maneuverable, all of these things come to mind when skiing on the Liberty Origin. I really enjoyed this ski. I felt that it could take me anywhere I wanted to go on the mountain and have me smiling from ear to ear. When flat the ski is loose and easy to pivot. When in the soft snow, the ski feels surfy and playful. Get the ski on edge and you’ll be carving turns all over the mountain. The Liberty Origin is stable when you want it to be, surfy when you want it to be, and fun all the time.
Powder: At 116mm underfoot, the Liberty Origin gives you a wide platform capable of floating in the deep snow. Sure there are wider skis out there, but the Origin can hold its own. The Bomb Rocker and wide waist gives you great float and a surfy playfulness that is as good as or better than any powder skis out there.
Turn Initiation and Carving: For a ski that is 116mm underfoot, it was surprisingly easy to get the Liberty Origin on edge. It’s also pretty forgiving, and it didn’t seem to take a ton of input to get the ski to turn. When flat, the bomb rocker feels really loose and playful. However, the skis edges engage without a ton of input thanks to a multi-radius sidecut that matches the rocker profile. The tips are soft flexing and forgiving, and even at lower edge angles the ski seems to respond well. Sure It’s still a 116mm underfoot ski, but I was quite surprised at how easy turns were to initiate. The more you lean into a turn, the longer the effective edge. With the multi-radius sidecut it was quite easy to vary your turn shape. When making short to medium radius turns I was blown away at how quick the ski was from edge to edge. It was way more lively and poppy than expected. When you straighten things out. the ski is very capable cruising down the mountain at speed.
Speed: The Liberty Origin does have a speed limit, but it’s fast. Sure it’s not a super stiff, big mountain straight liner, but the poplar core helps to keep things damp. With the wide stable platform, I felt plenty comfortable opening things up and letting the skis run. The soft flexing tips absorb the terrain really well. I never noticed a ton of tip chatter. With a nice wide 116mm base, the ride always felt stable. It’s not the speed demon that the Blizzard Cochise is, but for a wide powder ski with a soft flex, the Origin really can fly down the mountain.
Uneven Terrain: I was most impressed with the Origins ability to eat up the chopped up snow. In this type of terrain I prefer two types of skis. First are those that bust through the crud and push everything out of the way. Second are the skis that absorb the terrain and keep you from bouncing all over the place. The Origin is the latter. It’s not a stiff metaled out ski that is going to push everything out of the way. Rather the wide baser helps you to float on top, while the soft flexing tip and tail help you to absorb the terrain. Sometimes with softer skis I get a little bit of tip deflection, but not with the Origin. When transitioning from the powder to crud, I never felt like I was getting bucked around too much. The Origin transitioned well between the variable conditions, and I never found myself changing the way I was skiing to accommodate for the difference in terrain.
Moguls: The Liberty Origin is quick, lively, and forgiving, but for me it was just a bit too wide to be a great mogul ski. Some people may like it for its quickness and maneuverability, but it’s still 116mm underfoot, and a bit sluggish compared to a similar shaped ski at 100mm. Where the Origin excels, however, are the trees. Here the Origin offers plenty of float and performance in variable conditions, while still being maneuverable and quick.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was good, but this is not a frontside carving ski. The Origin has a stiff midsection, with a small amount of camber underfoot. When combined with the multi-radius sidecut, the Origin gives you a long effective edge, helping to increase edge hold and stability. On the soft snow, I felt stable at all times, but when transitioning to the hard pack or ice, I found myself a bit more cautious.
Flex: The Liberty Origin has a stiff midsection and soft flexing tip and tail. This allows for power, and edge hold on the groomers, and playful surfyness and terrain absorption in the soft or variable snow.
Switch: The Origin is a true twin and can be ridden switch with ease.
Jumps and Park: The Liberty Origin is definitely not a park ski, but it can be very fun to butter and surf your way down the mountain. The Origin is playful and quite poppy, making jumps quite fun as well. With a center mount the ski could be very easy to turn in the air, but you may sacrifice performance elsewhere. I would not use this ski as a park ski, but would be okay from time to time.
The Liberty Origin is really a fun ski. It’s a bit wider than most daily drivers, but I could easily see this ski becoming your go-to ski anytime you’re on the mountain. It’s playful, surfy, fun, and has great float in the soft snow and powder, but at the same time it is lively, maneuverable, and quick on the groomers. It has a speed limit, but it’s quite fast. The Origin also has no problem dealing with variable conditions and crud. The only downside for me was the edge hold on hard or icy conditions, but this is a powder ski after all.