2017-2018 Whitedot Director, 191cm
Available Lengths (cm): 151, 161, 171, 181, 191
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 189.8cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 136-107-126
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 135.5-106.5-125
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2160 & 2190 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius: 25 meters
Core Construction: Poplar/Ash + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip & Tail Splay: 69 / 57 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 0 mm
Recommended Mounting Point: – 4.55 cm from center / 90.3 cm from tail[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 14/15 Director, which was not changed for 15/16, 16/17, or 17/18, except for the graphics.]
We’ve had our eye on Whitedot for a while, and we have been receiving more and more requests from readers for reviews of Whitedot skis. So we’re going to be testing at least four models this season.
Whitedot and the Whitedot Director
Whitedot Skis is entering its fourth year of producing skis and the company states that they believe their current lineup to offer “some of the most well rounded skis on the market.”
We’ll get started with one of Whitedot’s best selling skis, the Director, about which Whitedot has this to say:
“Stepping into one of the most heavily contested areas of freeskiing is the new Director. Its ease of use in the most difficult conditions and its appeal to a huge range of styles and skiers is its big draw so it needed to retain these features whilst still [remaining] one of the most versatile skis in our lineup.”
Whitedot’s goal for the Director was to create a ski that “will work equally well in the backcountry as it would across the wide spectrum of conditions to be found on the frontside of the mountain.”
As for who this ski is for, Whitedot says, “the Director is one of our models that is a favourite of our big mountain team through to our park riders looking for a ski to jib on those deep days.”
So, “playfulness” and “versatility” seem to be the important key words. Can the Director really be both a backcountry jib ski for deep days, yet still handle a full range of conditions on the frontside, too? That seems like a pretty tall order.
Whitedot Director, Generation Two
For the 14-15 season, Whitedot states that they’ve revised the rocker profile, flex pattern, and shape of the Director, while mainting its 107mm waist width.
They also say that they’ve increased the effective edge to 1,580 millimeters, to improve the Director’s hard snow performance.
We’ll say more about the Director’s effective edge below, but let’s get on to the Director’s camber profile and flex pattern.
Pretty stout. Compared to the 14/15, 185cm Blizzard Cochise, the tails of the Cochise and Director feel similar, though the Cochise’s tails become stiffer, quicker, as you flex into the tail. As for the shovels, it’s once again close, but the Director’s are a bit softer.
I.e., while in the same ball park, the Cochise is a bit stiffer all around than the Director.
Camber / Rocker Profile
This is where we should probably stop talking about the Cochise.
Because despite the fact that these two skis are almost exactly the same width underfoot, and have a similar flex pattern, and have a similar sidecut radius (Cochise: 28m, Director: 25m), and have very little traditional camber (the Director is described as having “0” camber, and our pair has a touch—maybe a millimeter; the Cochise now has a 1-2 millimeters), these two skis have very different rocker profiles, and the rocker lines and tip and tail splay are perhaps the most surprising design elements of the Director.
In short, this ski has a pretty deep tip rocker line, and a very deep tail rocker line for a 107mm-underfoot ski with a flex pattern that is this stout.
While the amount of tip splay on the Director is pretty substantial (65mms), the amount of tail splay is surprising (54mms), and probably more analogous to fatter pow skis in the ~116-120mms underfoot range.) The Cochise, by comparison, has only 7mms of tail splay, and 55mms of tip splay.
That’s not some inherent problem, of course, but the amount of tip and tail rocker helps explain how Whitedot could legitimately talk about a ski this relatively skinny as a “backcountry jib ski for deep days,” while the Director’s relatively stout flex and sidecut radius help explain why they could position it as a big mountain ski, too.
One other point in favor of the Director’s utility as a jib ski is its more progressive mount position: -5 of true center.
Many jib skis are mounted ~3cms behind center, while traditional, directional skis are frequently 7-8cms behind center. The Director splits the difference.
So while it seems like the Director may prefer a more centered, neutral stance, we’re curious to find out how tolerant it is of a more forward / drive-the-shovels style.
It will also be interesting to see how accommodating the Director is of a more forward (-3cm) or more traditional (-7cm) mount point, to push the ski to an even more new school or more old school feel.
Honestly, nothing very close comes to mind.
Fatter skis like the Volkl One or the 12/13 Down Countdown3 or the 194cm 4FRNT Devastator bear some resemblance, but not enough that I’m inclined to go into any detail yet. We’ll wait till we get these on snow.
So while I’m not entirely sure what we have on our hands here, I would be willing to wager that, for its width, the Director will be quite good in pow.
I am also willing to wager that it will perform well in tracked up pow / soft chop, given that it isn’t terribly light and it doesn’t have heavily tapered tips.
The bigger question for us is how well this ski will handle more firm, variable conditions, especially in uneven, bumped-up terrain or firm steeps.
Some Initial Thoughts on Sizing (191 vs. 181) and Effective Edge
In other cases where a ski comes in a ~181cm or ~191cm, we’ve been known to pine for something in the 185-187cm range.
But in this case, the 191 seems like a very easy, unproblematic choice. First, it comes in a hair under 190cms on a straight tape pull, and again, this ski is heavily rockered. While Whitedot says that the Director has 1580mms of effective edge, we’re unsure how they got to that number.
When the Director is set on its base and pushed flat (and this ski is basically already flat – “0” camber), we measure a short 965mms from the rocker line of the tips to the rocker line of the tails.
And then, when the ski is put on its side and tilted up to a 90° angle, we measure 1550mms.
Either way, the point is, everything about this ski would encourage sizing up rather than sizing down.
It’s going to be fun to get on these. The Director is a really nice looking ski, the bases have a nice structure to them, and it looks like someone has sweated the details.
Now we just need to go see what the Director really can do.
NEXT: Will Brown’s First Look on the Whitedot Director