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Volkl AC50 2010 Ski Review

The AC50’s are big, powerful all mountain skis for big, powerful skiers that would rather not ski the front sides or groomers. Lots of “float” and stable is built in but medium to long radius turns are obviously the default arc for the AC50.

Volkl AC50

Ski: Volkl AC50 (2010)
Ski discipline: Big Mountain
Length (cm) / Dimension (tip-waist-tail - mm) / Radius (m):
163 / 128-85-112 / 14.7
170 / 128-85-112 / 16.3
177 / 128-85-112 / 18
184 / 128-85-112 / 19.6

Manufacturer’s Description of the Volkl AC50:

"The Unlimited AC50 with Motion iPT Wide ride brings the versatility of wide, big mountain skis to a new height. Its relatively wide, 85mm chassis is incredibly nimble on hard snow. For good skiers who want to bust through crud and cruise through powder, yet still have a ski that can truly rip the groomers."

The 177cm version made me glad we were in Vermont and had a couple of thousand feet of vertical to put the AC50 through it’s paces. The AC50s LOVE to cruise and if you’re comfortable at the speed of light, the ride is surprisingly quiet and smooth.

Edgehold on the AC50 is good but a ski this wide gives up a bit in torsional stiffness (they would have to be ridiculously thick in order to resist twisting) so skiers spending lots of time on less snow and more hard pack should look to the AC30 or Tigershark. Okay, they’re fat and wide and fast, and maybe they don’t turn like a skate, but they are FUN even on packed and “really packed” and they never feel heavy, which directs a lot of positives at Volkl who made fatter skis that everyone can use.

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Reader Ski Reviews of the Volkl AC50 2010
Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/27

Just finished my first day on my new Volkl AC50’s and all I can say is WOW! Didn’t hurt that it was a picture perfect day at Whistler. This is the first ski I have bought that I can honestly say performed exactly as the manufacturer wrote that it would. It moved the crud/crust like a bull dozer, performed awesome in the groomed at high speeds. I was previously using the Volkl Supersport which I have enjoyed very much. When I first put them on this morning I was bit worried the width and weignt were going to be an issue, but the ski quickly made me forget that worry. Held edge awesomely on high speed turns. Feel a little bulky on short radius turns, but still gets you through. For advanced to expert skiers, you need to try the AC50. The salesman who sold it to me said to be sure to have a helmet cause it will blow your mind…LOL..Enjoy.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/29

It is no secret the AC 50 in various incarnations has ranked #1 year after year by Skiing magazine.  It is the same this year.  This is the ultimate one ski quiver.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/13

I wasn’t really looking for ski’s but was curious about the new technology, my ski’s were 9 yrs.old. I demoed a pair of Blizzard’s and a pair of K-2’s both were nice but didn’t thrill me. The shop then put me on a pair of AC50’s (170) and what a ski! Quick, stable, no chatter and easy to turn either carving or short quick turns. I’m 57yrs. old,5’-1’’ tall and 198lbs and loved the ski. I walked out of the shop with a brand new pair of AC50’s and left my old ski’s in the shop!

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/13

I’m really 5’-11” not 5’-1” sorry.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/20

These are by far the best ski’s I’ve ridden on.  I’m 6’4” 245 lbs and have always had a hard time staying up in powder and finding a ski strong enough to withstand the punishment that I can give them in the bumps, tree’s, and back country.  You definatly won’t be disapointed with this ski.  Go ahead and try to make them scream for mercy.  Trust me, they won’t.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/21

I want to generally affirm the above reviews. This is a superb all-mountain tool for more advanced skiers with decent technique. A joy.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/22

I tested AC50 only on hard pack with frozen snow, but man, shall I rather say woman? I am only 140lb, 5’6’’ but even 170 cm long ski performed with great agility and really superb grip

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/29

Are they good in deep snow even the volkl ac 50 are a medium stiff ski?

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 05/12

I demoed the AC50s in Mammoth in about two feet of powder and the groomers and they are incredible.  I also tried the comparable Nordicas, Rossignols and others but they didn’t compare.  You can really push these skis if you want but you could also put them on cruise control and let them ski for you.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Ski Review Guest on 08/10

Bought a pair yesterday and tried them on firmer spring conditions.  Much firmer feel at speed than K2 Explorer, yet as nimble turning and solid as can be at speed.  Took me a few runs to find the sweet spot then a day of joy.  Went crud and slop hunting and never met their match.  Next stop will be Sierra Cement powder in the trees to see how they do in deeper heavy stuff.  Take them in the steeps or bumbs seem to be the all mountain ski I was looking for.  Crazy about them.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by James on 12/05

I am 46, 5’11”,and weigh 185. I like the 170s due to the fact that i’m getting older and still like the bumps. I was out on the back side of Big Sky and all I could see was miles of parked volkswagon beetles parked side by side. It was about 35 degrees and the snow was deep and like mash potato’s. The ac50 was the ski to be on. my friends suffered, while I let go and tested them to there limits. What a ski. I demoed others and came home only to buy the best ski I have ever ripped on.  There great for all the crud and fake snow of the east and love the powder of out west. yet, it is a ski for more skilled of a skier and do take a bit of getting use to. I do say there GREAT.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Greg on 12/12

I am a 5’11” 170 lb level 2 (CSIA) instructor, and have always preferred the solid, stable feel and extreme edge grip of “carving”/race skis.  My default SL skis (165cm) are 67 mm under foot, super stiff through the waist, and snap off short radius turns like nobody’s business.  I demoed lots of “all mountain” skis (Rossi, Head, Salomon), but found even the highest end too soft through the middle and tail.

Then I tried the AC50.  I must say, I LOVE this ski!!  It hooks up effortlessly (took me a bit to get used to such easy initiation!), is rock solid/stable under foot, and is surprisingly happy snapping off short turns in the fall line.  The AC50 has a reasonably large sweet spot, but these boards definitely require a well balanced and positioned rider who can stay centred on them and work the edges.  Far too stiff and unforgiving for imtermediate level skiers who are still skidding turns.

On my first 2 days in the Alberta rockies, I skied ice, crud, packed powder, groomed, and these skis rocked through it all.  I am now the proud owner of my own set of 170s, which will become my “mountain” skis.  I’ll reserve my SLs for local training days on the hard pack/groomers.

Thanks, all,  for the good reviews.  This site definitely helped me find the right ski.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by yak on 01/12

Sorry… I sold mine… these skis were not for me… I ski everything EXCEPT groomers unless getting from point a point b… These just did NOT do it.  Had the AC4 which was a superb ski.  Skied them to death and still have them.  Will ski them even with an inch of edge missing over these anytime.  Blah.. Edge grip on groomers good but weird.. Float… not exciting here.  Crud.. well this is there best attribute .. they do not bounce around much but then again they just have NO zing thru it either.. Ski chutes, rocks, trees, and these are not tight turners… 170cm for 5’11’ 170#s.. boring no zing to them ski ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Steve on 02/09

I got a pair of AC50s to replace an old pair of 724s.

1st day out this season was the day after a once in a lifetime rain event at Snowbird where they had over an inch at 11,600 ft. The mountain was locked up solid ice. While the day became boring, the skis sure held up on the granulated groomers - edged well on a day where you needed them.

Day 2 saw 14” powder and even though I had a pair of Gotamas handy, I opted to stay with the AC50s to see how they’d do in fresh snow. Those wide tips - almost as wide as the ‘Goats - held up beautifully and they were a delight in the pow.

Back east, I just spent a weekend at Mad River Glen and I cannot imagine a more perfect place for these skis. We had 11” fresh atop 18” from a couple of days earlier and they handled every whoop-de-do on that hill with finesse.

I’m 57, 6’ 195 and it’s the best damn ski I’ve ever had!

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Jeremy on 02/21

I got the AC50 recently. I am amazed. The ski grips the groomers more solidly than any ski I know of ( other than perhaps a GS race ski) It is surprisingly nimble and performs well in the bumps too. This ski likes to FAST.

Intermediate skiers will be disappointed.

This is a ski for pros. You need to work this ski and dig those edges in and it will reward you with a lively performance. In the crud and powder - wow -  it makes life easy - it ploughs through anything like a tank and it will even float if you can get your speed up.

I am amazed. For sure I will keep my racing skis for odd days that are only on the frontside groomers but if you are like me and spend half your day seeking the craziest routes through trees, glades and any nasty untrammeled terrain available then this AC50 will get more use and give you tons of pleasure.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Guest on 02/24

Powder… 3/10 Tress and Chutes .. 3/10 Crud .. 5/10 Groomers.. 5/10

This ski does nothing well except hold a line in crud… other than that I have nothing positive to say about it.

Advanced/Expert(when I get 40 days in) Skier.. who hates groomers…

If you ever had a ski that rips this one will disappoint.  If you have no experience with skis maybe you will think crud stability is everything.  But this ski has no outstanding points to it other than stability in crud.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Philip Ciaccio on 02/24

Ski lineage

95-2000 Rossignol 7S (NE) 203 cm 2000-2005 Volkl G40 Pro (UTAH) 200cm 2005-2008 Volkl Super Sport 177cm 2008-20011 Volkl AC 50 184cm

WARNING: Do not listen to Rock and Roll while driving this ski you will reach inappropriate speeds. This ski is hands down the best one-quiver on the market.  Blows through crud, absolutely rips the hard pack and glides through pow.  Just wish they were light enough to carry up to Tucks and Wolverine Bowl.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by George on 02/26

The best all mountain ski available by far.

I have been an expert skier for 35 years. I have had Rossignol ST, SM, and 4S. Dynastar Acryglass and Omeglass, Volkl Supersport 6 star.

The only ski I really hated was Rossignol Bandit. A damn wet noodle of a ski.

My favorites are Rossignol 4S, Dynastar Acryglass, Volkl Supersport 6 star ( the really stiff one that is equavlent to the Wolkl RC Titanium) and now my favorite of all Volkl AC 50.

The AC50 is amazing technology but you need to be EXPERT. This skis requires aggressive skiing or its incerdible stability and grip may leave you thinking it is lifeless.

Driven by a skilled skier this is the best ski ever made (so far)....

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Steve on 02/26

One more comment to followup on George’s comment that if you’re not experienced the ski may feel lifeless. As a kid I skied Head Competition Giant Slaloms and then Roc 550s followed by Atomic red sleds. If you are old enough or good enough to remember those skis, you will remember how hard you worked to carve a turn. Skiing Fall Line, Paradise and 20th Hole at Mad River, you’re gonna be dodging trees. Believe me when I tell you that you just FEEL these guys carving. There’s no other way to describe it…

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by LIveless period... nothing good about him.. on 02/26

One more comment to follow-up on my earlier review… I am an experienced near expert skier with loads of experince that never skis groomer, who loves powder skiing and tree and chute skiing.  I will walk anywhere and climb anywhere to ski the nastiest stuff out there!!  I buy skis nearly every other year and try new ones on demo days routinely. ... (an expert designation requires 100+ days of skiing a year)...  Nobody skis more agressively than me unless you are making movies!!  There are a few rules when skiing with me my buddies know and one of them is (if you value your life) “don’t follow me”.

These ski bit the big one!!!  Slugs!!! They are not nimble sticks.  They are not powder hounds.  They are a straight line crud ski!!!  If that is what you do all day then go for it.. !!

I do NOT ski groomers.. maybe that is your thing but to me the only thing to ski groomers for is learning or speed.  And unless you are on the race course it is way too dangerous to go for speed when you can hurt or even kill someone!  And this ski was not even good for groomers, twitching on the slope as conditions on the slope changed during a run.  For soft groomers it cut like a knife.  But anything with variable conditions was twitchy.

Worst ski I have tried in years and years by far.  And again… nothing against Volkl.. I adore my Volkl AC4 skis with part of an edge missing I still ski them on non-hardpack days when I want to have a blast….

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Steve on 02/26

@LIveless… Thanks for defining an “expert” skier (100+ days). That was helpful!

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by George on 02/26

Perhaps a clarification is in order.

Firstly, I am not sure why Liveless could like the AC4 and then totally hate their replacement the AC50. I can only suspect a manufacturing defect on the AC50 demoed, as the differences are not might and day between these two skis.

Secondly, the AC50 are very stiff skis. They are totally not forgiving. If you are an EXPERT aggressive skier and strong and heavy then you can really get them to respond in a very lively way - on a groomer they will “kick” back and throw you into the next turn if you desire - although they are not as fast as an SL race ski and you have to work the to get them to respond fast. If anything they prefer to carve like a GS ski on the groomers, holding an edge and giving stability that is nearly as good as top of the line race GS skis.

Thirdly, if you ski fresh powder all day and never ski groomers or off piste crud at all then I agree with Liveless - these are absolutely the WRONG ski! These skis are NOT able to float unless you really get your speed up. A pair of Volkl Kuros would be my top pick for powder type of skiing. If you have a pair of Kuros for powder then you might prefer a high end SL or GS ski (or both) to go with your Kuros.

Fourthly, like any “all-mountain ski” there is a compromise. I agree with those that say you could have better performance if you had 5 pairs of skis and used the most appropriate ski in the right terrain.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by George on 02/26

I would add that the performance in bumps depends on how you ski them. If you ski straight through keeping the skis mainly flat and turning over the tops then the AC50’s will throw you around (being too stiff). 

If you actively turn in the moguls and hold your edges after each turn then you are in for some fun with the AC50’s. Again you will have to work to get them to perform, as they are NOT specifically a mogul ski and they are too stiff to be able to plow straight through at high speed (unless you have iron legs).

My take is that if you know how to ski all the various techniques and can adjust your style then you will find that the AC50 can really do it all, admirably. It is NOT the easiest ski to turn fast but with the right technique you can really get all mountain performance - from ice to groomers, to bumps, to crud and to powder.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by George on 02/26

One last comment:

Unless you hold an edge these skis are very twitchy. When I ski across the mountain on cat tracks , I find myself alternating to stand (and edge) on one ski or the other, as the skis are too twitchy to feel safe at high speed with them flat (a moments distraction and you will catch an edge). Again, this behavior is to be expected with such wide carvers and it means you need to make an active effort to control them or you will be punished severely. Definitely skis for experts, IMHO.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Liveless on 02/26

@Steve… sorry.. but that is my definition.. I will ski anywhere anytime on almost anything and believe that if you cannot carve a turn clean or run a decent mogul line then you are not an “advanced” skier.. but to be an “expert” requires the comfort of everyday skiing.. I am sure there are some who get 100days that are not experts ..but really.. the guys in the movies (who can actually ski and not just do acrobatics) are getting their 100days in.

@George.. As to the manufacturing defect.. Maybe… I will never know.. but.. from the good review it sounds like a real possibility .. but..  the funny thing is that I have talked to several other people (4) who have either demo’d or owned the ski and they pretty much agree with me.. Not fans.. all experienced skiers though I am not sure of all the abilities of all of them…

Love the AC4 ... was expecting the same ski with more powder float as slightly wider dimensions… was extraordinarily disappointed with overall performance and lack of kick to this ski…  As I have said in a review somewhere.. this ski will turn but you have to WORK it hard.  When I ski opening to closing (with lunch on the lift on a powder day) I want to be able to do that without feeling like I was shoveling coal all day.  I love Slalom skis for their quickness.  I love GS skis for their ability to hold a line and speed when you step on em.  I want my all mountain ski to have both of these attributes even though there will have to be some compromises.  The AC4 was a perfect ski for balancing these attributes and more.  I have found the AC50 to be far less of an all mountain ski and far more of a GS ski requiring way too much work.  Especially when I can find all mountain skis that balance the attributes I am looking for in a ski ..  I wanted to love this ski.  It disppointed me. 

And a final note.  I find ski reviews in magazines and on-line and read them all the time.. No ski it seems is ever a 3/5 or 5/10 .. all the reviews mush everything into the 4-5 or 8-10 range.  This is NOT HELPFUL and it is baloney to give only good reviews.  If every ski is a 9/10 then the standards are meaningless…  Seriously people…

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Brian Babcock on 02/27

The magazines that sell advertising do tent to love everything, and taking a more critical track could seriously affect their profits, from the very advertisers whose gear is been trashed.   That said . . .  Ski-review provides the companies description of their product, and invites real reviews without reprisal or financial considerations. As a Ski-review contributer there have been several skis that we disliked immensely (the Pilot binding Salomons for one) The opinions level the playing field for everyone, while we should also consider that different styles, wants and abilities all need to be heard. It’s the “mix” of skiers and boarders that invites so many to share our love of snow while serving up individual freedom and confidence.   Maybe not everyone wants to be an “EXPERT”   Maybe some just love skiing the way they do and they don’t subscribe to all the technical aspects.   Forums include all abilities and styles and can surely serve as an accurate reference while providing candid assesment.

Bottom line . . . .buy gear from a shop that offers a performance guaranty, so they’ll take it back if they put you on the wrong gear. It’s actually better than demoing in a lot of cases. If the shop has REAL skiers . . . They will make very effort to get it right, because no shop wants skis returned.

Ask . . . . And you will receive . . . . .or shop elsewhere.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by James "Sparky" on 02/27

I see all the B.S. on how you have to be an “expert” to ski the ac-50.  You just have to have enough experience to adjust to a different ski.  If you can ski? any ski is fun.  Put me on an old pair of 210s and I still will cut through anything I have to.  Everyone is different and the ac-50 is a bit stiff, but if you try and find the sweet spot as with any ski,you will enjoy the ac -50. It’s all a matter of ability. Clear your mind of everything around you and focus on your skills. You could put me on 2x4’s and I can still ski as graceful as I can on a $2000.00 pair of ski’s.  All the talk is in vein.  You need to know how to ski.  Lessons are the best way to get what you need to build on to become an accomplished skier.  After 35 years, I still am growing from the years of lesson’s I had taken.  Skiing takes many years of practice to master.  Some skiers never grow as other’s find there passion and grow and build skills they never dreamed of accomplishing.  I joined a club and found UTOPIA on earth. 175 other people who love to ski, as much I do. and the friendships and bond’s you build are for life. Don’t complicate life.  Ski to your Ability and just have fun.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by George on 02/27

James “sparky”,

Respectfully I disagree. Some skis are forgiving and better adapted to intermediate skiers and some skis are unforgiving and are better enjoyed by an expert (aggressive, athletic experienced skier).

As evidence that I am not talking BS, one need only look at Volkl’s own website where they actually identify that the AC line of skis as ranging from intermediate to expert (with the AC50 and Grizzly being rated “expert”)  To me it looks like an advanced intermediate skier may enjoy an AC30 most but might find the AC50 a bit too difficult (and not an improvement over the AC30) while an expert skier may find the opposite.

Another factor not mentioned here is length - this could be part of the issue for some - as you get longer the skis get even stiffer and tougher.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Pdiddy on 02/27

Darn it!  I use to ski all the time 16 years of Backcountry (hike and ski in colorodo).  And now I just found out in this thread that I can no longer be an expert because I don’t get 100+ days of skiing in each year.  Man that sucks!  I guess I will start boarding then…      You don’t have to ski 100 plus days to be an expert skier.  You have to be damn good at skiing EVERYTHING.  And you don’t have to be an expert to ski ANY ski.  You just have to be a better skier!    PS.  I don’t really consider myself an expert and never would put a label on my abilities, just making a point.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Jonathan on 03/14

Skier Height: 6’0” Skier Weight: 245 Skier Ability: 2 Ski length Tested: 170

Ski Review: I’m a heavier set guy who just started skiing this season. I had previously bought some intermediate 3Motions, but was told by two instructors they were flimsy for my weight. They recommended I try the 30s or 50s, so I just picked up some 50s. I won’t be able to get back out there until April, but am curious if a lot of the “expert” behavior settles down on this ski when the skier is more heavy set like me. Do I have any business being on this ski? Or given my weight, will it “calm down” to a more intermediate ski?

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Greg on 03/14

Skier Height: 5’11” Skier Weight: 170 lbs Skier Ability: Expert (Level II instructor) Ski length Tested: 170cm

Ski Review:

Hi Jonathan,

I am just completing my first season on the AC50s and, as an instructor, would not recommend this ski to a beginner/aspiring intermediate.

The traits that make this ski “expert” will not change with a heavier rider:

1) Need for Speed

Building off their world cup race heritage, Volkl has produced a ski that handles like an “off road” GS ski and so needs an extremely well balanced/positioned pilot.  The AC50 requires powerful, high angle input and is happiest carving GS turns at speeds that would terrify a beginning skier.  To me, the miracle of the AC 50 is that it reacts like a rock-solid race ski in all conditions ... snapping off sweet turns in powder, crud, even sloppy spring snow, but it really doesn’t come to life until you reach high speed IE: 50-80 km/h and higher,  and this is what it’s intended for.

2) Sweet Spot

To ride the AC 50’s sweet spot, or balance point, and actually feel/access the power in these skis requires a very balanced, agressive, downhill position with arms and upper body well over the feet, driving hard and straight down the fall line. This “position”, or separation, which becomes comfortable and natural after years of training and practice, simply cannot be safely achieved by a beginner as your body has not yet developed strength/flexibility in these unusual muscles… and, if you happen to get caught forward or in the back seat of the AC50 (and I’ve been there!), it is an unforgiving,  and I would think, dangerous and very frustrating ride for a new skier.  (imagine yourself “caught up hill” and rapidly accelerating across an icy, bumpy pitch, skis gripping SO hard that you are not able to turn them back downhill!!... and the faster they go, the harder they grip!!)

Overall, I suggest that you go to a more forgiving, softer, and less agressive ski that will do what you need it to do and ultimately accelerate your learning curve/enhance your enjoyment of skiing.

Volkl is a good choice for big guys as they are wood core and renowned for strength/durability.  So, maybe consider the AC30 or AC20, which are narrower underfoot and a little easier to access.

Good luck!  Ski safe!

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Jeremy on 03/29

Greg,

Great review. The AC50 feel and behave like a GS race ski. I love the way you can adjust everything through small changes in position and pressure. Definitely a ski for pros who adopt aggressive body positions and are X-racers.

The miracle is that in a short 177 cm length under 6 foot 4 inch 220 lb maniac, these skis do what a 215 or 220 GS ski used to do. This means you can take them in the bumps and moguls, chutes and have just as much fun - amazing ski. How do they get a short ski to have the grip and stability you only ever got with much longer skis?

Furthermore, take them through any kind of crud or powder and they just blast through - without sinking to your knees. This ski is legendary. This ski is “da bomb”.

This is the kind of ski that makes you feel safe everywhere - at 80 MPH - an icy chute - deep puffy stuff - or shredding the moguls. unbelievable!

I got this ski thinking I would only use it on backside days. WRONG! truth is that I have not got my race skis out all season - simply no need to. Only word of caution - experts only

Finally, the

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Carson on 05/30

Skier Height: 175cm (5’7”) Skier Weight: 86kg (189 pounds) Skier Ability: Advanced Ski length Tested: 170cm

Ski Review: Found these through hiring. Hired the Volkl Grizzly’s, brought them back as they were to much ‘ski’ for me. (They took me for a ski!) so asked what’s a ‘level down’. Skied the AC50’s and am in love. In all my years of skiing, not one ski has been so interactive and just does what you tell it to. Very fast ski ; > I am not ‘expert’. I have skied for a long time and know my limits (see Grizzly reference above). Not for the intermediate skier. Just waiting price to come down to definitely buy.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by frank on 03/06

Skier Height:5’10’Skier Weight:200lbs Skier Ability:advanced Ski length Tested:170cm

Ski Review: First of all ,an expert can ski anything in all conditions.Second you don’t need to be that good to use these skis,just ask my friends.If you are a strong intermediate skier who just likes to go fast these skis are great.If only true experts coud ski trails marked"expert” there would be few skier on them.

Volkl AC50 2010
Written by Jim on 03/13

Skier Height: 6’ Skier Weight: 188 Skier Ability: Expert Ski length Tested: 184

Ski Review: The AC50 (184) is my groomer cruiser—it rocks to groomers and I agree—sunny day, any temps, turn up the music, and fly. I am not a groomer skier—groomers are simply how we get to the good stuff!  But, I’ve had these in the crud on Alyeska’s North Face (Wyatt’s), South Face, and other double black off-piste terrain, and while they can be driven there, it is not their “home turf.”  For tree pow and crud I like my 179 Obsethed (WOW—daily driver!) or 181 SideStash (backcountry pow ski).  And for deep and steep days, the 185 Kuro’s come out.  But for sunny days in April and May, the AC50s will not let you down.  60mph with control and stability.  Get them off piste and you need to work them, but on the grooms they will give you a sweet ride.  I agree with some of the above posters—length can make a huge difference,

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