Chamonix freeride ski company, Black Crows, have a few all-mountain front side style skis in their collection and the Serpo is probably the most demanding.
The double titanal plate that runs through most of the skis in a fork style, seriously stiffening the skis up and producing what is a super powerful, full-on piste carver that is demanding through the turn but grips the snow like an eagle’s talons plunging into its prey.
And you certainly feel like you’re flying on the Serpo’s. They are built for speed and are at their best when being pushed hard and fast. Actually the initiation of the turn is relatively easy, with its top rocker helping out, but these are not lazy after lunch cruisers and would suit more aggressive skiers that really like to push themselves.
As an all mountain ski, they have some limitations. Moguls and bumpier snow can be a handful and the rebound is hard to control. But the grip on steep and icy slopes is possibly second to no other ski out there. This is a ski for Chamonix front side terrain that expert skiers can also take into the backcountry and rip around on.
Strong seasonaire’s, technical skiers and heavier built riders will get the most out of these and if you enjoy pushing yourself all over the mountain, possibly avoiding the moguls then the Serpo is a whole world of fun.