When Salomon's X-Alp ski hit the market back in 2017, it immediately garnered a loyal following for its ability to sprint up the skintrack at near-race speeds, while keeping the descents more fun and playful than we'd assume from a hard-snow-oriented mountaineering ski. Rarely had a ski appealed so well to efficiency-conscious skimo athletes and mach-looney-loving freeriders alike, and the X-Alp proved to be an easy-skiing, fast-ascending option for racers looking for a wider touring ski and non-racers wanting a tool for spring conditions. Not much has changed for Salomon's goldilocks low-fat ski, with the MTN Summit 79 making minor tweaks to keep torsional stiffness and hard-snow performance at a maximum. While the original X-Alp received high marks for its easy-turning feel and great performance in powder, the ski could also feel noodly when conditions firmed up, especially for bigger or less balanced skiers. With the move from a basalt/fiberglass cap construction to a monocoque-carbon, partial-sidewall construction, the MTN Summit gains some of the bulldozing stability of its older siblings in the MTN Explore line while maintaining the technical precision that makes it a great choice for difficult skiing at high altitudes. Pair the MTN Summit with race boots and mohair skins and watch full-day tours turn into dawn-patrol laps, fueling the fire for bigger peaks and more ambitious objectives.
- Not as demanding as other mountaineering skis, the MTN Summit 79 brings tons of fun to the low-fat category.
- Karuba wood-core adds damping to a precise monocoque carbon chassis.
- Pairs well with race boots for speed, race-plus boots for versatility, and even standard touring boots for daily-driving.
- While the X-Alp branched off from Salomon's race-ski lineage, the MTN Summit 79 is more in line with their touring skis, the MTN Explore 88 and 95.
- Rockered tip with race-skin notch means the MTN Summit goes from weeknight racecourse to weekend powder lapping and back again.
- Glossy topsheet goes well with Capilene sun-hoodies and midsummer trips to the glacier.
|Lengths (cm)||158, 164, 170|
|Weight (pair)||1950g 
||Tip notch, flat tail|
||Rockered tip and camber underfoot|
||Rounded tip, squared tail, short radius|
||Salomon's trademark carbon/flax blend w/partial sidewall|
||Karuba wood with carbon wrap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Going fast while having fun in all conditions|
|Notes||Improved stability on hard snow.|
|Bottom Line||Freerider's race ski, or racer's powder board? You decide.|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
While it's not a race ski or even a race plus, it is the skinniest ski I've ever skied. That being said, I was quite surprised by the performance it offered.
It's about as squirrely as I had assumed something this light and skinny would be. However, it wasn't overwhelming by any means. I've gotten out on it a few times now and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it has handled absolutely terrible snow. From wind buff to refrozen tracks, these skis have not skied a single day of quality snow. But I think that's a good thing. Almost all skis would ski well in beautiful corn.
They're softer than something like the Dynafit Backlight series, but not too soft. They can hold an edge quite well on steep, icy terrain.
I'm excited to bring these tiny toothpicks up to the PNW to see how they fare on the North American portion of the Ring of Fire.
I have a set of the Salomon MTN Summit 79 in 164 length. Any pre cut skins from Salomon coming your way. And if not, do you have a skin to recommend?
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