What better way to honor a freesking legend than by exploring the terrain he loved on the ski he designed' We can't think of anything more appropriate, and it seems pretty likely that JP Auclair would be stoked to see you tackling big backcountry lines on his Armada Declivity Ski. As JP took more and more to big time alpine terrain, he needed a ski that could handle rowdy descents without being cripplingly heavy on the uphills, so he set about creating a burly mountaineering ski with enough carbon, metal, and fiberglass to rally high consequence lines at face melting speeds with a weight that's manageable enough to handle extended uphills better than a standard in bounds board. Thus came the Declivity. It's built on a lightweight Hybrid Tour Light wood core, which gives the ski lots of life and won't ruin your hip flexors after 30 minutes of skinning, but it's covered up with just about every laminate known to man, so you can charge as hard as you can without feeling like you're on wobbly planks that'll put you in serious trouble. For dampness, Armada sandwiched the core between two layers of Titanal, giving the Declivity that solid big mountain feel that's so essential for stability at high speed. It also laid down a fiberglass laminate matrix, which uses multidirectional fiberglass strands to keep the ski from twisting under serious edging forces, and a carbon layup that provides a smooth, predictable feel without adding lots of weight. Finally, Armada finished the Declivity off with carbon Kevlar stringers, which give it plenty of pop this is JP's ski, after all and help increase the durability of your boards. All this and we haven't even touched on the shape. Armada pressed the Declivity with its AR Nose Rocker profile, which combines a moderately rockered tip with lots of traditional camber and a flat tail, so you can smooth out alpine chop and rail through variable snow with unbeatable edge grip and control. A long sidecut helps the Declivity stay rock stea.