All-Terrain Skis

The Variant97 will carve in all snow conditions, yet has an easy-going personality that inspires trust at any speed. Precise turn initiation from the Hammer Rocker profile and multi-radius tip, combined with an energetic bamboo and poplar core make it a worthy partner anywhere on or off groomed terrain. A skin-friendly tip and tail keeps your terrain options open. 
172 Dimensions(mm): 132-97-119
Radius(m): 18.5
Weight(g): 2100
179 Dimensions(mm):132-97-118
Radius(m): 21
Weight(g): 2200
186 Dimensions(mm): 132-97-118
Radius(m): 23
Weight(g): 2350
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Metalcore

Extra bamboo laminates and a Titanal layer for power, damping, and edge hold.

Laminated bamboo gives tremendous rebound and energy while being environmentally friendly.
The fastest, hardest base available.
Our specially treated HRC 48 edges feature a wider profile with larger anchors for greater durability and longer life.
Low profile tapered tip and notched tail for quick and secure skin attachment.
Fiber Reinforced Polymer - We use mats of this dense material under the binding area to increase screw retention and add rigidity.
A flat, stiff, tail section with minimal camber that allows strong turn finishes, won't hook up on the steeps, and is a strong landing platform.
Our custom weave fiberglass creates tremendous torsional stability while allowing easy longitudinal flex to initiate turns and absorb terrain. While more expensive than other bi and tri- directional weaves, it enables us to fine tune the flex characteristics of each ski.
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HAMMER ROCKER

Hammer Rocker has a very low rise tip rocker, combined with camber back to the tail for amazing edge grip with easy turn entry and flotation.

The Variant features what Liberty calls Hammer Rocker. It incorporates very low tip rise and traditional camber all the way to the tail, making this ski unmatched in edge hold with easy transitions from edge to edge. Constructed with a bamboo and poplar core with a sheet of titanal, I love this ski for its hardpack, off-piste performance. If your quiver is missing a pair of skis that are “narrow” by today’s standards and you miss laying trenches in nearly all conditions, you have to try the Variant 97. You will not be disappointed. 
    -Powder Magazine

Liberty's Variant 97 (132/97/118mm sidecut at 179cm) may be your next best wingman, promising to carve up just about anything with style. Turn initiation comes from the company's low rise Hammer Rocker profile and multi-radius tip with camber underfoot. An energetic bamboo and poplar come topped with a Titanal layer for added torsional rigidity and dampening, providing a stiff underfoot and back end for powerful turn exiting. The skin-friendly tip and tail keep terrain options open, so, like all good partners, it'll make you look good wherever adventure leads you.
    -Ski Canada

"The Liberty Variant 97 is a directional tracker with an undemanding personality, yet produces a stable, powerful, confidence-inspiring ride through nearly any surface condition while maintaining a light and very responsive chassis underfoot.  The faster you ride it, the better it performs, and has one of the highest speed limits in its class, with excellent damping behavior, intense edgehold when requested, yet has a wide range of terrain and surface options in its capability envelope.  Experts will love this ski, and advancing skiers will find it can give them a solid, reliable, high-performing platform to up their game."
    -ExoticSkis.com 

The Variant 97 wants to rip big turns off-piste. It is strong and stable in unforgiving conditions.  This would be my touring ski of choice.
    -AussieSkier.com Reader

Like most younger brothers, the 97 has learned to be quick and maneuverable in order to survive. This ski can keep up with the big boys, and its titanium insert means that it can take any beating that’s thrown at it.
    -ActiveJunky.com

The Liberty Difference.


Ethic

At Liberty, we make skis like our lives depend on them.  Every ski is designed and tested in the heart of the Colorado mountains.  We start with the best materials from around the world, hand-build each pair, and back them with the best warranty in the business.  Our goal is to make the best skis possible, treat our customers like our ski partners, and continue to do what we love. 

Design philosophy

Liberty has won awards from every major ski publication over the last ten years, but more importantly, has won the trust of countless skiers across the globe.  We design skis based on the concept of functional innovation.  This simply means we don’t add materials or features to our skis unless they improve the ski experience on snow. Our innovations are not included for marketing purposes, but because they will help you ski better, longer and faster in real world conditions.  In ski design, simple, strong, and light leads to the best products.  

Materials

We use the best materials available from around the world, and we never stop looking for ways to improve our skis. Every component we use in our skis is there because we believe it is the best answer to a specific design challenge.  We use bamboo because it is the lightest, most durable, and most responsive core material available.  We use UHMW PE for our sidewalls because it absorbs impact better than ABS and leads to a smooth ride at higher speeds.  Our bases are P-Tex 2000, 4000, and 4000 Electra, because they are the highest quality, fastest bases made.  All edges are custom made in Germany with a wider profile, larger anchors, and 2 different hardness ratings to be the most durable for their intended purpose.  Liberty uses a unique quadaxial S-Glass for our glass fiber, adding another axis of torsional reinforcement compared to most materials.  Additional vibration reduction, and top edge durability is provided by a Durathane polyurethane layer not found in other skis.  We use Titanal and FRP mats for additional stiffness and binding screw retention because they are the best materials to use in those applications.  

Liberty skis feel different, because they are different.  We are not just another brand at some big factory.  Look at the materials in most skis, and you will find the same stuff the major brand that owns the factory uses.  There is no difference in design, or materials, from brand to brand.   We are free to experiment and use whatever works best, without regard to what others are doing.  

More about Bamboo

Liberty is the market leader in bamboo technology, and we use this tough, eco-friendly material in all our skis.  Liberty has been designing skis around our resilient and light bamboo laminate cores for more than ten years, and even though many companies have followed our lead, we remain the bamboo experts.  

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, and can be sustainably harvested without killing the entire organism.  The roots stay in the ground when the top is cut; they help control erosion, and then sprout again, to be harvested in 3-5 years.  This leaves the forest canopy intact, helps sequester carbon, and creates a sustainable cycle for our raw materials.  On top of the environmental benefits, bamboo also happens to make a great ski core.  Bamboo has a tensile strength that rivals that of steel, and a very high coefficient of restitution, meaning that it will snap back to its’ original shape time after time.  That is why our skis have such an energetic, lively feel.  

Partners

We work with our partners because they are the best at what they do.  It is that simple.  We believe we make the best skis on the planet, and want our customers to have the best accessories to match their Liberty skis.  

Tyrolia makes our bindings, and they are the largest binding brand in the world, with unsurpassed quality, safety, and performance.  They are great at what they do, and listened to our requests for a new freeride style A/T binding with low ramp angle, pole control mode adjustment, and high DIN.  The Adrenalin is the best freeride A/T binding you can buy.   

Komperdell makes some of the most innovative and highest tech ski poles in the world.  We partnered with them to produce our super light bamboo and carbon fiber pole, a filament –wound pole that is nearly unbreakable, and a new adjustable A/T pole.  We don’t make any standard aluminum tubes, but 3 different poles that each answers a specific need for our customers.  

Look for a new concept in climbing skins, coming soon from Liberty!

Graphics

You won’t find wizards or pistols on our skis, just original artwork by people who actually live in the mountains.  We work with our artists to create images that are evocative of the alpine experience, and that are also nice to look at when they emerge from the powder.  We sublimate or direct print the images into the backside of the topsheet to ensure the artwork looks good, year after year.  

Final Word

We appreciate all the support over the last 10 years.  We have had a lot of fun, and learned some things along the way.  We hope to see you in the mountains soon, and we hope you will continue to trust us to make equipment for those epic days when we feel most alive.  At Liberty, we make skis like our lives depend on them, because they do.  Thanks.