Skimo Co

La Sportiva GTR Ski


One of the most versatile skis we carry, the GTR features a modern early-rise tip with traditional camber and a classic straight tail. A lightweight Paulownia wood core keeps it snappy while multiple fiberglass and carbon fiber laminates add strength and ridigity. La Sportiva designed the GTR to handle all snow conditions, and with a medium-to-long turning radius it arcs well on soft snow while providing good edging in icy couloirs. Useful ski mountaineering features are sprinkled in, with tip and tail holes for making anchors and sleds, and a flat tail for isolating columns. Many skiers find that the GTR is the only ski they need.

  • Vertical laminated and environmentally certified (FSC/PEFC) Karuba Paulownia wood core is the new standard in lightweight rebound.
  • Tri-directional fiberglass and bi-directional carbon / fiberglass laminates keep it stiff without the weight.
  • Gently rockered tip makes it easier to keep the skis above any junk and keep them from burrowing in pow.
  • Reinforcement plates under the bindings and rubber on the tip and tail add some durability for everyday abuse.
  • Tip and tail holes accept K2 Z-Clip style skins and can be used in a pinch for an anchor or sled.
  • Finished with 1.8mm sharpened steel edges and P-Tex 2000 bases that glide smoothly.
Lengths (cm) 158, 168, 178
convert to ounces
1090g [158]
1200g [168]
1270g [178]
Weight (pair) 2180g [158]
2400g [168]
2540g [178]
Sidecut   114-82-104
Turn Radius   20m [158]
22m [168]
25m [178]
Skin Fix   Z-Clip tip and tail holes, flat notched tail
Specs Verified 158 & 178 only
Profile   10% rocker, 90% camber, flat tail
Shape   Medium-to-long radius, squarish tail
Construction   LW-Powercap with multiple laminates
Core   Karuba Paulownia wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Everyday touring
Notes Good mouintaineering features and great handling
Bottom Line Very versatile and easy to ski
Compare to other Low-fat Skis

Questions & Reviews

T Beck (used product a few times)
I purchased these skis last season as recreational racer and long distance driver. I was pleasantly surprised when they came in 20 grams or so lighter than posted on the Sportiva site. I had been using a Black Diamond Stigma 167 (similar specs but slightly heavier) and was hoping to get a nice rockered tip but more stiffness and performance. I was very underwhelmed by these skis in my 5-6 outings! I loved the specs but hated skiing them. They felt too soft and generally unresponsive. I also don’t care for the attachment system.

Very possible that they just don’t suit me and will suit others but I prefer the Stigma over this ski and don’t really care for the Stigma either. I have skied the Dynafit Broad Peaks in a 167 for 10 outings so far and I have been very impressed.

The new Nanga Parbat might be the ski to own in this class....

Summary- Nice lightweight ski that looks good on paper. Look elsewhere if you want an 80 waist do it all ski.
Reply from Brian h
I would disagree with this assessment. Sorry Tyler. I really like these skis and have replaced my Broad Peaks (great ski) with them due their greater width. I think the problem with them is the mount point is off. I moved mine 4 cm (yes, 4) in front and the characteristics changed for the better. Still psyched about them. I also drilled out the tip to use standard skimo race bungees. Perfect.

Head to the bottom of this post to read my impressions in detail.
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