Ever since Sammy Carlson started skiing for APO, and I heard some exciting background on the company (namely that their snowboards and skis are designed by the same man who designed the Rossignol Scratch, which was of course the first sandwich construction ski that helped kick start the freeski and twin-tip design movement), I've been dying to try out his pro model, because I knew he (along with Bob from APO's expertise) would come up with something truly special...and I certainly wasn't wrong.
At 87 under foot (in the 178, which is what I rock) with a not too straight or too shapely sidecut, the Sammy C Pro Model is the perfect width and shape for a park ski, as the fact that it's a touch wider than other park skis helps you stomp the biggest of landings, and also shreds the entire mountain like a boss. This was a big deal for me, as while I enjoy skiing park, I enjoy skiing the whole mountain more, and there's more than a few other park skis out there that I've found to be unstable and have caused me nervousness when I'm skiing through crud or on icy conditions. This isn't the case with this ski, as I've taken the time to push it to break neck speeds on less than desirable conditions, and was pleasantly surprised with how stable it was and the confidence it instilled in me as a result.
Park-wise, this ski is one of the most playful ones I've ever tried, because man oh man does it pop! With a healthy amount of stiffness under foot and a springy tip and tail with an ultra light swing weight, it pops, butters, spins, flips and stomps with ease, and locks on rails like a bank vault, turning any and every day in the park into a smile-filled one no matter what the conditions are.
After producing a ski this good (and fun!) for their first kick at the can in the ski world, the future is unquestionably bright for APO. As a result, I can't wait to see what they come up with next, and highly encourage all of you to try out the Sammy C Pro Model along with any of their other offerings. You won't be disappointed, and may just have the best ski day of your life.