I just returned from Salt Lake City, where I was attending the Outdoor Retail show, hanging out with the folks at Dynafit as we presented two new skis to the world that we have been developing together since last winter. The wider of the two, the Hokkaido attracted some media attention and new product buzz, but nothing in comparison to the skinnier model, the Chugach, which brought home two awards. The first came from the Gear Institute, which awarded the ski Best New Gear in show, and the second came from Outside Magazine, which awarded the ski Best In Show (for the category.)
Fittingly, although I had almost nothing to do with the naming of the ski, the Chugach is named after my home mountain range in south central Alaska. It is a 108 underfoot charger, made to be versatile, quick, and intuitive to control.