Elan Ripstick 96 Skis

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Elan Ripstick 96 Skis and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 88 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.5 stars   
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 6


Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • A great mix of on-trail and off-piste performance.
  • Holds an edge, super stable and lots of pop on the groomer.
  • Can still float and smear nicely off-trail.
  • Easily maneuverable in bumps, crud and light powder.
  • A very lightweight ski so it is not hard to drive it.
  • A dream to ski on the groomers and still smooth and easy off-piste.
  • The “Ripsticks” should really be called the “Funsticks”.

Expert Reviews

  • The amphibio technology, which provides a left and right ski that has rocker on the outside of the tip and camber on the inside, makes turning almost automatic.
  • Strong edge grip when turning.
  • Powerful ski with pop.
  • Designed with input from Glen Plake
  • Playful, fun and forgiving.
  • These are a perfect one-ski quiver ski.


Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Good off-piste but not the best.

Expert Reviews

  • Not super floaty.
  • Loses some performance at very high speed.
  • Doesn’t prefer long radius turns.
  • Not the most stability off-piste.
  • You can overpower this ski at high speeds.


The Elan Ripstick 96 skis are fun, playful and makes turning so easy it feels “automatic.” While the ski performs well on and off-trail, it really shines on the groomers. For those looking for the highest on-trail performance without losing the ability to go off-piste, the Ripstick 96 is a great choice.


Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on gearinstitute, onthesnow, skiessentials.