A catamaran (/ˌkætəməˈræn/) is a multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size designed to float quickly over water. Skis are a set of two planks of equal size which go under your feet in order to let you float quickly over snow.
A catamaran’s wider stance on the water can reduce both heeling and wave-induced motion. Off the wind they can sail up to 75 to 100 per cent faster than a monohull cruiser. Catamarans are basically just fat, fast, glide-friendly boats. See where we’re going with this?
The K2 Catamaran ski is named appropriately.
“There’s been a lot of hype over just how well this powder ski carves.”
It’s a super-wide 120mm ski which means that you’re going to be sailing over the deep pow just fine, but the design of the Catamaran also means they perform impressively well when you’re on the pistes as well, carving with ease. Something not often said about a fat ski.
The Catamaran has an asymmetric shape, meaning this inside edge has a different shape to the outside. Long story short, what you get from this is the stability that a tapered ski often can’t offer, the ability to carve on groomed runs as well, and of course that floating quality over powder.
There’s been a lot of hype over just how well this powder ski carves. Mostly because it means you could use the one set of skis for both your backcountry adventures and your time in resort.