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Fischer Hannibal 96 Carbon Ski

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The Hannibal is Fischer’s 96mm powder-hunting, ice-carving powerhouse. The Hannibal is built on a high-tech Paulownia wood core with carbon stringers that extend from tip-to-tail, thus reducing the overall density of the ski and boosting the overall surface-area-to-weight ratio. The long-turn radius and Sandwich Sidewalls are unique features meant to ensure high-speed stability, surefooted steep-skiing performance, and impact-resistance that you're bound to appreciate whether you're skipping meadows or dancing down a narrow chute. An Aeroshape top-sheet further reduces mass for easy kick turns and low swing-weight. As a bonus, snow will have a harder time sticking to the parabolic top-sheet shape so your skis will start and end each climb at the same weight. The Hannibal is Fischer’s most advanced all-mountain touring ski that’s always hungry for powder.

  • Paulownia wood core is the standard material for light skis that need to perform well on the descent.
  • Carbon stringers are an incredibly light way to add power transmission and liveliness to the ski.
  • Tour Rocker helps you float in deep snow and charge effortlessly through the crud.
  • Air-Tec Ti core construction strategically removes unnecessary core material, adds a milled titanium sheet, and reduces weight for a lighter, wider ski that presents minimal torsional flex.
  • Aeroshape features a sloping top sheet that minimizes snow buildup on your skis, removes mass for easier kick turns, and increases surface-area-to-weight ratio.
  • Sandwich Sidewall allows for more secure edge-grip in technical lines by absorbing the small bumps, but it also increases high speed stability by dampening the ski when you decide to open it up.
  • Comes with a copy of Silence of the Lambs when purchased by the dozen.

Update 2022/23: Fischer gave the Hannibal a shiny coat of paint, otherwise it's the same great ski as before!!

Lengths (cm) 162, 169, 176, 183
convert to ounces
1155g [162]
1255g [169]
1320g [176]
1410g [183]
Weight (pair) 2310g [162]
2510g [169]
2640g [176]
2820g [183]
Dimensions   125-94-112 [162]
126-95-113 [169]
127-96-114 [176]
128-97-115 [183]
Turn Radius   19m [162]
20m [169]
21m [176]
22m [183]
Skin Fix   Z-Hooks, flat tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Rocker tip, camber underfoot
Shape   Medium radius, square tail
Construction   Sandwich sidewall with carbon stringers
Core   Paulowina wood core with AirTec Ti
Skimo Co Says
Usage All-mountain backcountry skiing
Notes Aeroshape top sheet sheds snow
Bottom Line Easy and fun ski, a true all-rounder
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Questions & Reviews

Question from John
Another sizing question, because I feel like there’s a big gap between 169 and 176: I’m 155 lbs and a type II skier. I live in the Cascades.

This would be an all-purpose ski for me, any time I don’t want to take out my heavier (but awesome!) Deathwish Tours, which I find myself using any time it’s deep.

So, mainly I’d use this when it’s dust on crust, or on bigger spring missions where it’s firm - but also on particularly ambitious tours in whatever conditions.

Anyway, what’s your take on sizing? Do these ski “long” given their flat tails? I do like to turn, and ski conservatively when the terrain is consequential - but I’m also starting to see the joy in opening up a bit.

I’m not the world’s greatest skier so don’t want something I’ll struggle to control, but conversely want to make sure it’s stable enough for me when things are firm.
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out, John. Please send an email to with your height and we would love to help you out!
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Question from Ellen
I really like having the shortest ski possible, but I usually end up in a 168-170cm. I am 5’6”, 155 pounds and would use these skis mostly for variable conditions in the spring - shallow powder, grippy firm, or corn. I am not a fast skier, and I love to turn. My fear is that if I went shorter, 162, they would chatter on firm steep terrain, or be less stable with a little speed. What are the drawbacks of being on a ski shorter than what you usually ski?
Answer from Ian C
Hi Ellen, despite my admiration for the Olympic Super G racers, I share your predilection for shorter ski lengths! You've basically summed it up--shorter skis will be less stable at speed and have less float in deep powder. The 162cm would be totally fine for what you are looking to do!
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Question from Jose
How do these compare with the blizzard zero G 95? I'm 183 cm, 190 lbs and plan to use them on a mix of resort, sidecountry and backcountry. Thanks!
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out, Jose. These will be more forgiving compared to the Zero-G 95, which thrives when edge hold is paramount. Both have relatively large radii and are good quiver killer backcountry skis. Please keep in mind these are lighter touring skis, so they may get tossed around in a resort setting. If you want a slightly heavier ski that could handle resort conditions better, the Dynafit Free 97 would be an excellent choice.
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Question from Ben Nosar
Hi couple of questions:

1) Would you recommend pairing this ski with a Scarpa F1 boot or a Scarpa Maestrale boot? Or would either work well?

2) I'm 6'3'' and 185lbs. Will the 183cm length be long enough for me?

Answer from jbo
Hi Ben, my vote is for the F1! The 183 will be plenty long and it's light enough to pair well with the lighter SCARPA...if it fits of course.
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Question from Jared
How do these compare to the Salto from La Sportiva?
Answer from Zak M
Hey Jared, thanks for the inquiry! Just from first glance, I would go to say that the Hannibal 96 would be considered just a more general easy to operate ski than the Salto. The wider dimension underfoot, rocker profile, and relatively flat tail all make great attributes for the Hannibal 96 to be a do it all type of ski. In my mind the narrower waist, tighter turning radius, and general profile of the ski make the Salto a potential great steep skiing tool or for just making quick fast turns when need be. Note it is much heavier as well.
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Matt (used product a few times)
Pretty awesome skis. Mine are the 176 length mounted with g3 Ions at the factory line. Makes for a very lightweight (and color coordinated) setup.

Flex wise they remind me a lot of my Line Sick Day 95s. I think people who prefer a more flexible ski will like these. I don’t ski them super fast but imagine they wouldn’t be the most stable.

I couldn’t get the pre cut skins for them, but my G3 alpinist skins fit well and attach securely at the tips.
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Question from George

Eastern skier, but I do a hut-to-hut in Europe every year. Looking at two 'touring' skis that, statistically, look pretty similar. However, with you guys having skied them .. you may be able to point out some differences. The two skis are the Elan Ibex 94 and Fischer Hannibal 96. Both have similar turn radiuses.

Interested in edge hold, ease of kick-turning, and skiing in the varied types of snow to which I spend so effort climbing.

Age 68, 5' 9," 210 lbs, expert skier (whose feet are perpetually together) ...

Interested in any other thoughts you might have. ...

Best, George
Answer from eric
George- Good questions. Both skis have good edge hold, kick turns are going to depend on your boot sole length and where your toe ends up on the ski. I think the big difference between the two skis is that the Fischer has a bit more pop or energy where the Elan is much more damp and quiet. Elan also has a bit more sidecut in the shovel and therefore engages a bit quicker than the Fischer. The Fischer on the other hand might be a bit better in crusty snow.
Answer from George S
Excellent response, Eric. Just what I wanted to know ...
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Question from Laura
Hello - Leaning towards getting a pair of these when they become available. Now my question is what size to get. I am 5 7 125 lbs, an advanced skier although I am not dropping any cliffs or cornices! I will be using these for long hut trips, backcountry skiing and skinning at the resort. Am I ok to get the 162 or should i get the 169? I currently ski a pair of k2 sidestashes from 2012 that are 167 in length.
Answer from Julieana
Hey Laura, for a touring ski it's always better to go a little on the shorter side for maneuverability and weight. The 162 length should be perfect for you!
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Question from Jake
Is there a way to get the Fischer tip attachment or another option to make your own skins from the roll for the Hannibal?
Answer from TSB
Jake -- we don't carry the tip attachment for Fischer skins in particular, but we do carry the precut skins for the Hannibals. It's also worth noting that most standard tip-loop/tail-clip attachments work quite well with the Fischer skis (though they don't take advantage of the nifty rescue hole!)
Answer from jbo
Hi Jake, FYI Pomoca has a Z Hook attachment that adapts their tip kits to the Fischer skis.
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Question from Jake
Any thoughts from on mount location? I see one reviewer suggesting -1cm or -2cm. It does look like a lot of tail to me at recommended but maybe that's how things are these days :)
Answer from TSB
Hey Jake! Without taking a tape measure to the ski and looking at its mount point against other skis, it's hard to say. If you have a particular ski that you're switching out for the Hannibals and want them to feel reasonably similar, look at the mount position on those skis and see if it can transfer over.
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Question from Slim
Do you think 162cm would be bad for a skier 5’7, 145lbs? She currently has 170cm 95mm inbounds skis. Not ever going to ski fast in the backcountry. The short length would allow our daughter to use it as well.
Answer from Jeff
Slim, there aren't even rules in skiing to be broken. Skiers will size short to be able to turn in tight chutes. I personally would like this particular one in a 162 to ski through tight Aspen trees. For skiing 'slow' in powder, it would be fine for both of them.
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Question from Kyle
I'm really split between the 169 and 176 here. I'm 5'8, 140 lb, type III. These will replace some 172 cm G3 findr 78 XCD's as my quiver of one ski.

My primary type of skiing will be overnight trips in the Sierra this winter and spring, so ~30 lb pack most of the time. Boot is Fischer travers carbon and binding is Marker alpinist 12. 169 seems like the right compromise between pow and steep performance, but I worry they may be slightly more "sinky" in deeper snow with a heavy pack? 176 seems more familiar coming from resort gear, but perhaps more than I need for steep spring stuff? I typically ski ~175-180 at resorts, albeit with fairly rockered twin-tips (short effective edge).

Any thoughts on which length to go with?
Answer from Jeff
Kyle, If you have been carrying a pack with your FINDr 78, the 169cm Hannibal 96 will have considerably more surface area. So right off you will be sinking less. And hey, at 140 lbs. plus a 30 lb. pack, that is still only 170lbs, many wish they only weighed that much :) The Hannibal skis powder and spring conditions well and would be great choice for all-around touring in a 169cm.
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Question from Mike C
Hi! Looking for a new ski which I will use in all conditions on the BC coast this winter (everything from PNW powder to spring traverses). I'm 5'9 160lbs, and ride tele-tech bindings, like to have fun and don't ski too steep, usually due to the tele I'm making longer turns. I was considering either this in 176 or the Atomic Backland 95 in 169. (like to keep the length a little shorter for bushwacking!)

What do you guys think? Seems like the hannibal is 100$ cheaper right now, which is like 200$ canadian!
Answer from Jeff
Mike, you picked two versatile skis, either which would be good choices. The Hannibal has more Pop to it and will maybe help you make some shorter radius turns. From my limited testing of them and my many years of Tele skiing, I would favor the Hannibal. I also checked with our mounters. Tele skiers have a history of ripping tele bindings out and some manufacturers do not recommend mounting Tele. They say the Fischer has the thicker metal mounting plate and give it preference for Tele Tech bindings.
Answer from Michael C
Comprehensive and detailed, thank you.
Answer from Wayne R
To telemark skiers: I purchased Fischer Hannibal 96 in Spring 2021 (from a retail ski shop, not Skimo). I mounted Riva II cable bindings on them with an imaginary pin line about 1.5 cm behind chord center. When drilled, the metal mounting plate mentioned above was indeed present for the front screw of the toe piece plus both screws of my chosen heel lifter. However the metal mounting plate was not present for the 2 rear screws of the toe piece. These screws are in soft material only. So Fischer's metal mounting plate is present for AT toe pieces and heel pieces but is apparently not continuous underfoot. My conclusion: Some screws of some telemark bindings in some mounting positions will not contact the metal mounting plates. WR
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Chris E (used product regularly)
Skied these about 50 days in the 2018-2019 season, mounted with Dynafit Ultralights and using a TLT6p boot. I've loved them -- I came from a Voile Vector, which is similar in specs (although the Hannibal is substantially lighter), and didn't realize how much different a ski with the same shape could ski. The Hannibal out-skis the Vector hands-down, and feels a lot nicer on the uphill. Absolutely love these things.
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Chris C (used product a few times)
Have been skiing 183's this season with Plum Race 170 and TLT5, mounted at recommended line. So far, they're really versatile skis--light but substantial, fat but not unweildy, turny but not hooky.

I'd reccomend considering a slightly rearward mount. Could be partially due to these being longer than recent touring skis I've owned, but I find I have to fight the tail to finish turns in anything but perfect snow. On other skis--mostly resort skis--I've found moving the mount point back 1-2 cm to help this. Some may find the recommended mount point "quick and agile" or something else marketable.
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JPM (used product a few times)
Height 5'6"
Weight 150 lbs
Ski Hannibal 176 cm, G3 Zed/leashes
Boot Fischer Travers Carbon
Skimoco Type, breaking out of Type II, flirting with Type III when my wife isn't looking.

Thanks to the description of this ski by Skimo, at home in snow and able to hold an edge without crying uncle, I figured it would be worth a try.

For the first tour on this kit, myself and (we'll call him Dave) skinned up to Point Supreme and dropped in. The snow had been tracked out two days earlier but pretty much filled in due to some light snow and wind. Whoever was out there should be granted a farm subsidy. Nice work!

When dropping in, would it be be bigger, open turns or smaller, tighter turns. As soon as the first turn was finished a new turn was started effortlessly. This went on and on and on in moderately dense, loose snow approximately 8 to 10 inches deep. This ski is extremely easy to turn and stable.

From Point Supreme we went over to Rocky Point and dropped into steeper terrain and much deeper, dryer snow. This time turns were opened up and as speed increased I had this great idea to see if I could get the tips to dive. The tips were heavily pressured as thoughts of what kind of mess this could be flashed through my mind. Nothing exciting happened and a new turn was started with tips heavily pressured, repeat, over and over. Never did get a different result.

After Rocky Point, we followed the traverse back to above Albion chair and hit Clothesline/Powerline for a relaxing few turns. From there, it was a couple of runs off Sugarloaf chair to get into some man-made grippy firmer snow. This ski holds a nice edge on "Utah ice", carves nicely, doesn't roll over when finishing a turn and when softening a turn, the edge breaks smoothly.

To sum it up, Hannibal is a well mannered ski that has all the bacony, cheesy, turny goodness that any skier will have boatloads of fun on.
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Rando Richard (used product a few times)
Nice all-around mid-season ski. Two side notes:
1. The 183cm is actually 97mm wide, not 96mm as listed for the 176. I assume that the other lengths are correspondingly narrower.
2. The edges are narrower than most non-race skis, at 1.8mm I believe. I assume that is to save weight, but that may make this ski less durable.
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Question from Christof N
I have two pair of these skis in plastic, 169 and 176 length. I'm bringing ONE up to you guys to get mounted and will be my daily driver for this season here in the Wasatch, and I could use some guidance on length selection. I'm putting the Fischer Tour Speed Lite (Dynafit Superlite) on it, and using my beloved Travers Carbon boot for a full color-coordinated ensemble. At least I'll look fast, which is half the battle. I use a Helio 88/168cm for my lightest mountaineering setup, and also have a Helio 105/175cm that I used as a daily driver last year. I really enjoyed the 175 length last year, but at times felt I just didn't need the width of the 105 so my initial thought are to keep pretty much the same length, just fill the gap with a 95mm waisted ski. The 169 just seems really short, and very similar to my Helio 88. What say ye? 170lbs, Type III ex-ski racer who can charge but keeps things in check in the backcountry, simply to not worry about orphaning the kids.
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Christof! Ha! Looking fast is CRUCIAL! Given the skis that you already have, it'd be sweet to see something like a 173cm Hannibal. Here's my two cents: go with the 176cm length. With as much float as the Hannibal has, chances are pretty good you'll only need to pull the Helio 105 out for the few obscenely deep days that we seem to get 'round these parts anymore. The 169cm could be sweet, but might limit your high speed stability if it is indeed a daily driver for the lower angle, higher speed skiing. If you need a ski that short, then you're probably skiing something steep, in which case you'd probably need a narrower ski anyways because the snow's not going to be deep so you'll need better edging instead of extra float, which is where the Helio 88 would come into play.
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Comment from JPM
Thanks, see you Oct 29. The commander has given her blessing.

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Question from JPM
Skimo's bottom line describing Hannibal as having the bacony, cheesy goodness of being an all around, easy, fun ski has my attention. I plan to pair these up with the Fischer Traverse Carbon and G3 Zed or? What length do you suggest at 148 lb, type II skier, III if I have to because of a bad decision and really close to 61 yrs age.
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey J P! Bacony cheesy goodness? Now I want a baked potato. You are right in that it's a fun, easy ski and it'd be a perfect combo with a Zed and Travers Carbon. Binding recommendation is pretty personal so it's tough to recommend anything out of the gate without getting a little bit more info. Here's our binding finder if you'd like to get a personalized recommendation on some more bindings. For a Type II or III skier that's 148lbs and in some relatively lightweight (albeit powerful) boots, my gut reaction is to recommend the 169cm. There's a bit of wiggle room in that recommendation though when height and skiing style/location come into play so there's that, but like I said, 169cm is the place I'd start.
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