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25. Jan, 2018 Written by: Martin Tekše
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The alarm clock goes off at 6:30. It is an hour and a half before Joe starts the gondola. I wash up quickly, eat my oatmeal, pull on my ski clothes and jump into the car. My friend lives just around the corner. He’s late again, as usual, but he makes it up with the fact that he was up until midnight tuning our skis. We are still early enough to score a parking spot right next to the bottom station and are at the front of the line when it is time to start piling into the cabins. The ten minute ride takes forever and I feel like a child again. I’d give the gondola operator anything to speed it up just a little bit. At the top station we quickly snap into our bindings and make way to the six seater that takes us to the top of the mountain. When we reach the top, we find ourselves alone.  Stretching beneath us is a snow white freeway that will be ours and ours alone. Well, at least for this run. That is why we had to get up so early in the morning. We both live for skiing on freshly groomed pistes, for speeding over the fine lines left behind by groomers. My heart sings every time I hear the sound of the skis as they slice into that perfect surface and find their grip. Of course this requires the right set of skis. Skis you can trust completely as you feel the edges grip along their entire length, feel the skis dynamically flex beneath you and catapult you into the next turn. Their precision reminds me of a Formula 1 race car or an arrow - once released, nothing can stop its flight to the bullseye. Skis like these are easy to load and unload and give excellent feedback throughout. It feels as though they defy the laws of physics. The edge never gives, no matter how hard you lean into a turn.

The confidence that the new Elan SLX inspire comes from the Arrow technology - an arrow shaped layer of titanium combined with a carbon fiber base plate. The titanium arrow is placed just above the wood core. Its function is to simultaneously and uniformly distribute energy throughout the entire length of the edge, allowing for excellent grip on the hardest of surfaces. The intricate shape of the titanium reinforcement provides pinpoint accuracy that shines through at very high speeds, giving the skis abundant control and matchless ability to link turns. The carbon base plate in turn acts as an energy booster and the technologies work hand in hand to support the skier’s input. The Elan SLX is the ultimate choice for demanding skiers that demand perfection in their equipment. Even though the skis are bred for competition, you can ski them all day long. Their supreme ability is complemented by a surprising amount of comfort that results in less fatigue for the skier. The Elan SLX is a slalom focused ski. Their radius of between 11 and 13.5 meters allows for short, energetic and agile turns. Skiers who prefer longer turns should look towards the giant slalom version - the Elan GSX. The SLX’s GS sister brings longer lengths and longer radiuses.

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