Kilian’s race ski: light, stiff, and designed to hold an edge in 60° couloirs. The Salomon Minim is a ski with an adventure mountaineering day job and hobby of world-class racing. Slightly wider than a typical race ski, at 68.5mm underfoot, the Minim is designed to be your best friend while accessing faraway stashes of powder, skiing steeps when everybody else has started riding bikes, or being the first to ski a popular ultramarathon course in the dead of winter. It’s also a good tool to win ISMF sanctioned races like Mr. Jornet. The core is tried and true Karuba that has been reinforced with strategically-placed carbon fiber to improve handling and power transfer. Sandwiched among the top-secret high-tech innards of the Minim is a sheet of Koroyd placed in the tip, a technology that Salomon has implemented in their free-ride skis for years. Koroyd is a low-density honeycomb structure that deadens impacts and reduces uncontrolled rebound and chatter at high speeds. This contributes to the already stellar downhill performance of the Minim. The binding mounting zone has been reinforced with carbon fiber and acts as a structural reinforcement for increased edge hold. The sidecut is tuned to favor steep skiing on hard snow, which also makes it a confidence-inspiring technical skinner. Instead of a typical pin-line mounting location the Minim employs a mid-sole mounting location for the utmost downhill performance. Did we mention it weighs only 720g per ski? If you want a podium contender race ski with an adventure mountaineering bias, the Minim just may be the one.
- CFX Superfiber weave throughout the ski increases torsional stability making it nearly impossible to find the limit of the ski.
- Koroyd-infused tip is borrowed tech from Salomon’s freeride skis and is 90% lighter than rubber but provides similar vibration-dampening properties.
- Mid-sole mounting pattern ensures the highest level of downhill performance, perfectly tuned to the individual skier.
- Kilian’s personal ski, if that influences your selection. It still is, even if it doesn’t.
Update 2017/18: Just a new top sheet.
Update 2019/20: No longer available from Salomon, but you can now get the ski with Plum graphics.
|Skin Fix||Race notch|
|Profile||Camber underfoot, little tip rocker|
|Shape||Medium turn-radius, flat tail|
|Construction||Layers of carbon, flax, Koroyd|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||A touch wider than most race skis.|
|Bottom Line||What Kilian wins on.|
|Compare to other Race Skis|
Questions & Reviews
The extra width is simply annoying. It's not enough to feel different skiing, and it requires searching around for specialty race skins (62s are too narrow for consistent racing)
The durability is lacking, the topsheet cap material is thin, and nicks very easily. Nicks in the sidewall area often go through into the wood core, necessitating repair.
-62mm - 155
-59mm - 155
The Race Pro 71 Pomoca skins are 65mm wide, perfect for the Minim.
I am a distance runner and blue skier, and I'm looking to do the Skimo race league in my town of Whitefish, MT. Any suggestions?
The Minim has rapidly become my favorite ski for touring and ski mountaineering. If there's a fair bit of fresh/unconsolidated snow, I might grab something else from the quiver, but otherwise I'm on Minims.
During descent, they are stiff, snappy and have some of the meanest edges I've found on any ski. They eat up ice, corn and even not too deep powder. They do require a solid technique, but can forgive some minor indiscretions, and they are quite capable of being pushed hard and fast in the right conditions.
The only place they struggle a bit is in firm cruddy cut up snow...but if you have these skis, you won't be near anyone else's tracks. My only other minor criticism is that the edges don't quite run long enough in the tip, meaning that mine have some small dings that I've patched up with epoxy.
In summary, this is a ski that has all the benefits of a race ski (including tip notch) but skis much more capably, and should be in serious consideration for those who like to roam far and maximise their quantity of turns in the mountains.
EDIT: As an update, I'd give this ski a 3.5 - 4 stars for everyday use...They are a lot of fun, but if you encounter variable snow or heavy, wet powder, then they become quite hard to manage. In the right conditions (and as long as you aren't going too fast), these skis are a lot of fun.
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