Denali Skis Summer 2017 Update

AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
Publicly we at Denali Skis have been very quiet this year. What's been going on behind the scenes, however, has been anything but quiet. Originally we had planned to launch a 2017 model in the spring of this year, but as with many things, plans don't always go the way you think. At the end of 2016 we made the "final" tweaks to the 2017 ski and were prepping to build production molds and start 2017 production. In our testing through the summer and fall of last year we made several new fascinating discoveries about ski shape and performance, and had incorporated them into the new design.

The problem, however, was that we felt we hadn't pursued these new discoveries as far as we could. The idea that we could make the ski even better by continuing to test and prototype throughout the winter and spring was too tempting. We then had a choice to make. We could stop prototyping and focus on getting production going for 2017, or we could delay production while we push the limits of these new design ideas as far as we could. We're in this much more for the fun of ski design than to sell skis, so of course production was delayed.

15 prototype molds were designed and built over this testing period, each iteration pushing the envelope further. I don't think we've ever had so much fun designing and testing skis! We're at a point now where we feel the ski is allowing us to ski well beyond what our skills as skiers should allow, which honestly feels a bit like cheating. We now feel that the ski is finally ready. Seeing that it's already June 2017, this new ski will be the 2018 model. The c-65 gets it's name from the version number, version 6.5 (last years ski was version 3.4).

From here we will spend the next few months getting 5 sizes (64, 65, 66, 67, 68) ready for production, and you may see a few of these skis in the wild as the Denali Test Team dials in fin settings. We'll make an announcement about availability in the coming months. Each of these skis is built by hand by us in Charleston, SC, so production and availability will be limited. We're keeping the design details close to the chest, but be assured this is something very different from what the rest of the ski world is doing.

Here are videos of our recent sets on the new c-65. Note that we are NOT professional slalom skiers. We're in our mid 30's, we have full time jobs, we have nagging injuries, etc. Simply put, we shouldn't be able to ski this well. Enjoy :)

Cord 32-35-38-39 off @ 36 mph:

Caldwell 39 off @ 36 mph:


  • IlivetoskiIlivetoski Posts: 1,191 Crazy Baller
    The front of the ski really seems to stay down through and after the turn
  • JJVDMZNJJVDMZN Posts: 128 Baller
    I shall be admiring for afar here in South Africa
    Shipping and Import duties just makes it too expensive :'(

  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,409 Mega Baller
    Just out of curiosity, what length ski were the two of you using for the above demo sets?

    Secondly that's pretty lights out skiing making -38 and -39 look easy.
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Thanks @RazorRoss3!

    I'm on the 67 (185lbs) and @adamhcaldwell is on the 66. I think he's about 175lbs.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    Great skiing. Looks very interesting.
    Mark Shaffer
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,649 Crazy Baller
    Dang @AdamCord, nothing against your normal skiing, but that's a lot better than you are. Congrats on your new design!
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 506 Open or Level 9 Skier
    That's awesome skiing @AdamCord its looking really good!!
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @ColeGiacopuzzi thanks! I hear you've been killing it lately.

    @LeonL no offense taken, I am well aware that I can't do this on any other ski. Like I said...feels like cheating :)
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 506 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Yeah buddy its been clicking, super fun! Same with you man, saw that 5 at 39!! @AdamCord
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    You guys at Denali have been onto something and something more for a was just a matter of time until kinks worked out. Even free skiing the first time I got a crack at the 3.1 it was crazy.

    Totally fixed my own bad habit of dunking on-side 2 and 4...I would blast across the wake just laughing in disbelief about what had happened. For a lot of reasons it ain't in the cards for me right now (injury and money!)

    Some detail questions:

    Inserts or dual lock only. For those with bindings requiring inserts still making a base plate? Demo program available?

    Great skiing both of you...making it look easy.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @6balls We're going with inserts. It turned out that it's just much less of a headache to put inserts in the skis...which should have been obvious from the beginning. The skis also have graphics now, which was fun to get figured out!

    As far as a demo program...we'll see. Neither of us are in this to make a bunch of money. It's just a really fun hobby. Doing a demo program is a huge pain from our end, but I will concede that it's necessary to sell a lot of skis. Seeing as we don't really care about selling a lot of skis, we may not do one. @adamhcaldwell is running Trophy Lakes now so at some point we'll make them available to try at Trophy. If we ever decide that we should make careers out of this we can talk demos.
  • NandoNando Posts: 594 Crazy Baller
    So I went to the website and took a look- graphics look nice, but about that price that's listed now...
  • B_SB_S Posts: 287 Crazy Baller
    I'm currently on a 2010 O'Brien Elite 66", skiing 34, usually 28 and 32 off and around 162 lbs. Since Cord was instrumental in the design of that ski, i was looking for sime insights as to the main similarities and differences between that ski and this new Denali. I really enjoy the Elite, but would like to move in likely next year.
  • B_SB_S Posts: 287 Crazy Baller
    @Horton Yes but what is the actual buoyancy of each, Mr. Smartypants?
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    edited June 2017
    @Nando the price reflects the current availability. :)
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    Cool may get on a production at some point...that 3.1 was the most effortless ski I've ever easy on my body and so blindingly fast.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @B_S they are If I looked at every design iteration I've worked on from the Elite to the c-65, it would be a LOT of skis. They are really nothing alike, but I'm glad you enjoy your Elite!
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,720
    Yeah but @AdamCord a shade under 200k for a new ski is a stretch mate. I'm guessing it has an engine and speed control :smile:
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' 2021 MC As soon as it lands Water Ski Equipment - KD Platinum

  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @ozski for you I'd be glad to offer 10% off ;)
  • wskierwskier Posts: 122 Baller
    That is the best looking ski I,ve seen it also matches my boat. When is the release date
  • NandoNando Posts: 594 Crazy Baller
    Supply and demand- scarcity always drives up the price...
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,409 Mega Baller
    Who wouldn't want to own the record of "most money ever spent on a waterski" Guinness book of records would be all over that!

    I'm assuming once they are actually in stock and depending on demand that the price will come down to the ballpark of other comp skis.
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,171 Mega Baller
    @AdamCord - what ZO setting is Caldwell running? Impressive RPM spikes.
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 1,025 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @Gloersen I think he runs A1 on that boat
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