I never had a chance to ski the original Whitedot Ragnarok, but everything I have heard about that ski pointed to a very stiff and damp big mountain charger that was probably only accessible to aggressive skiers. The Generation two Ragnarok surprised me with a feel that was very surfy and playful, while still retaining some of that dampness and stability from generation one. The resulting ski seems more accessible, while falling into that category of big mountain playful charger. Coming in a 190cm it will still likely only cater a very specific group of skiers.
Whitedot Ragnarok On-Mountain Ski Review Video
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Bolle Emperor
Conditions: Fresh (5”), Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Spring Slush
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
Ski Personality: The Whitedot Ragnarok is a loose, surfy, directional big mountain charger.
On the Snow Feel: The Ragnarok has an interesting feel on snow as it combines a loose and surfy ride with stability and dampness at speed. For me, it was really the best of both worlds.
Powder: One of the biggest complaints I had heard of the old Raganrok was that even though it was 120mm wide underfoot, the very stiff construction didn’t do great in deep fluffy snow. Even with a significant amount of rocker in tip and tail, the Ragnarok wouldn’t plane as good as skis with a softer flex. For generation two, I’d say that the flex is stiff underfoot while being medium in tip and tail. When combined with a pretty significant amount of rocker in both tip and tail, and a 118mm waist, the ski will plane quickly and stay afloat. Best of all the generation two Ragnarok is very maneuverable, surfy, and loose. In deep fluff you’d have no trouble slashing turns on a dime.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I must admit that when my local rep asked me to hop on a ski that was 190cm on a day that had less than ideal conditions I was a bit hesitant. That being said, the Ragnarok was actually surprisingly accessible even in such a long size. The Ragnarok has a lot of rocker in tip and tail. When bases were flat this ski was so easy to pivot and maneuver, even at slower speeds. Now of course this ski is way more fun at speed, but I like knowing that if I have to slow things down in technical terrain I can still maneuver the ski as I need. A small taper in the tip, combined with a medium flex made it seem easier to get on edge than I expected. Now it certainly required speed, and I did have to drive the tips a decent amount, but again for a 190cm ski that is 118mm underfoot, I found it surprisingly easy to get on edge and bend into the turn. I definitely wouldn’t call the ski forgiving as it has quite a bit of torsional stiffness. However, I must say that I really appreciated that stiffness when it came to carving groomers at high speeds. As long as I kept the ski on a high edge angle, I found it to be very stable and damp. I was a bit surprised that a ski this loose and surfy could feel so stable. Underfoot, the ski is essentially flat. If there is camber there, it’s very minimal. Because of that I didn’t feel like the ski had a ton of life in and out of turns. The ski does have a 30m radius, so it likes to run straight. Still, getting from edge to edge was surprisingly fun. The transition was actually quite quick as long as I had some speed. So long as I stayed on those edges, I felt like I could carve pretty well. As soon as I needed to break free, I could pivot the ski on a dime.
Speed: When the bases are flat, the Whitedot Ragnarok doesn’t feel like the most stable ski. Don’t get me wrong it’s still quite damp, but the ski feels loose and surfy. However, on edge, I was actually quite surprised at how stable this ski felt. I actually found myself wanting more speed instead of having to slow down. The ski just seems to want to run, despite being maneuverable and easy to pivot at slow speeds.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The generation two Whitedot Ragnarok seems softer than expected given all I had heard about generation one. Still, the flex of the ski seems to work pretty well in variable terrain. The medium flex tip and tail want to travel over variable terrain while the stiffer flex underfoot helps to smooth it out. The Ragarok reminds me a lot of the Libery Origin here. I think you have to come in to variable terrain understanding how to attack it. If you get too far forward (especially with bases flat) in snow that really tracked out, you may notice a bit of deflection. However, if you stay balanced (yet aggressive) I had no problem eating up the terrain. Actually, I think that’s a fair way to describe how the Ragnarok handles variable roughed up terrain. It doesn’t necessarily ride over the top, nor does it blast through. It sort of comes in and slowly digests the terrain throughout the length of the ski, resulting in a surprisingly smooth ride.
Edge Hold: I must admit that I was a bit nervous taking out such a big ski with such a big rocker profile, especially on a day that didn’t see a lot of fresh snow. Still, the Ragnarok handle surprisingly well. Underfoot it may have just a touch of camber that helps a bit with edge hold. The ski is also quite torsionally stiff ensuring the edges don’t falter when you’re railing on them. Also being a 190cm, the ski has a pretty decent effective edge (1530mm), even with the amount of rocker. I still wouldn’t necessarily want to take this out on a hard packed day, especially if you’re not taking I off piste. But, if you’re skiing this on a day you may encounter some harder terrain, you’ll be able to handle it ok.
Bumps: I think there are definitely several camps when it comes to bumps. Some people want to just zipperline the bumps with a ski that can absorb some of that shock. Others want a maneuverable and forgiving ski that is easy to pivot around the bumps. I think the Ragnarok is more the latter. It’s definitely not a bump ski, but I found that with the softer tip and tail, and the easy maneuverability, I could slow down and pivot my way down the bumps without too much trouble. Still this ski is 190cm, and definitely requires work to ski in tight spaces. If you’re goal is to zipperline bumps, you’re going to want a different ski.
Bottom Line: The Whitedot Ragnarok is a very interesting ski. Generation two seems very playful and surfy. It seems much better in powder. The ski is softer and more accessible, but doesn’t totally sacrifice all of that hard charging attitude of generation one. I’d this ski could be great for the big mountain powder skier that wants to play around on terrain features up top, and then straight line as fast as you can to the bottom. For this, it really reminds me of a wider and softer version of the 4FRNT Devastator. Both of these skis are playful, loose, and surfy allowing you to play around on any type of terrain features in softer snow, but can still open things up when you just need to get to the bottom of a run. This ski will not be for everyone, but can fill a really cool niche as the playful big mountain powder charger.