I made the sacrifice this past weekend by taking out a pair of this year’s model in Head Ski’s Motörheads series, and I have to say it was worth every turn, whether it was shredding the pow from the recent storm or cruising down Spar Gulch.
By all appearances, the Sacrifice 105 (which is the dimension under foot) are big, fat boards that one would think is a powder-specific ski but I found it to be more than that. Head bills it as an all-mountain, versatile ski with a large level of turnability. And for the most part, I’d say the Sacrifice lives up to that description.
I found it to be an easy float in powder, especially when making big turns in steep and deep terrain. The ski also performed well when making big GS turns on corduroy and I found it to have the edge I needed for carving. It had the initiation I was looking for on hard snow that you don’t find on most 105s. I did have some trouble making tight turns in the moguls but that was probably a function of skiing something bigger than I’m used to. (As the old saying goes, “it’s the skier, not the ski.”)
I demo’d a pair of 171 mm but with the ski’s rocker technology, but it rode shorter than that. It has an all-ride rocker technology at the tip, with regular camber under foot that extends all the way to the tail. Head paired a shorter turn radius with a wide footprint ski, resulting in a fat ski that can turn tightly with little effort. With a rockered tip, a fat shovel, a short turning radius, and a 105 mm waist width, it really does excel in powder and all over the mountain. The ski has a full sidewall and a semi twin tip.
The Sacrifice is this year’s version of last season’s Inferno 104, which I really loved when I tested them out last March. The Infernos are about as fat as a versatile resort ski can get — they are fast, stable, lively and have quite the grip on the edges. While they are fantastic in the powder, they are just as solid in the crud and on corduroy. They are fast and responsive no matter where you take them. The Sacrifices were billed to be a step up, with a bigger sidewall.
Regardless, I’m a fan of Head skis and look forward to next year’s models. The Head reps were at the Ski Shop Ajax in the North of Nell this past week, letting people test out what’s to come for the 2013-14 season. I look forward to slapping more Heads under my feet and seeing what they’ve got.
This year is the last season of the Motörhead line, manufactured by Head in the USA, named after the albums produced by British heavy metal band Motörhead. There are still pairs available at the Ski Shop of both the Sacrifice and the “Rock ’n’ Roll,” which has the same technology but has a 94mm underfoot. It’s been described as a ski that’s solid for backcountry and all-mountain performance. Both models are now available for 20 percent off at the Ski Shop.
Get Your Own
Motörhead Sacrifice 105 $799
Rock ’n’ Roll $699
The Ski Shop Ajax
555 E. Durant Ave.