DPS Koala 103 - Foundation

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Our design intent for the new Koala 103 was to make a ski that’s perfect for the playful style of skiing. The energy of the ski allows it to bend, pop, and rebound in a way that is smooth yet exciting. It promotes confident skiing, as it’s comfortable in all turn shapes and at a range of speeds, allowing you to approach the whole mountain with a creative eye.

In terms of core skiing characteristics, the Koala 103 is even exceptional at carving a great turn. It was developed by freeride and freestyle professionals on the world class natural playground at Alta Ski Area, and the terrain parks of Argentina and Park City. This is the first truly playful and freestyle comfortable ski DPS has ever built.

The Koala skis are athlete driven. They began as a quest to make skis that were suited for the modern freeskier: playful, freestyle oriented, balanced, and yet still stable and hard-charging. We started five years ago with the Koala 119, and then made a second generation powder ski, the Koala 118, and an all-terrain Koala 103. These were a lot more maneuverable, arced a great turn, and were at home in all conditions. 

All Koala skis are made with a poplar core, race quality bases, a textured polyamide top sheet for durability, and polyurethane sidewalls that optimize damping and impact resistance. For 2023 we changed the rocker line, the ski core, and the flex profile of our Koala 103. On snow it’s a completely different sensation. We went through a full winter of building skis in our Salt Lake City factory and testing them at Alta Ski Area, and then sent one last round of prototypes down to South America for the critical athlete sign off. Everyone was stoked, and it felt like five years of testing, tweaking, and skiing coming to fruition.


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