Ski magazines and movies might lead you to believe that skiing powder is the norm and variable conditions are the exception, but we all know this isn't true. The fact is that if you plan on skiing a lot of vert over the course of the season, you'd better have a ski with the dimensions of the Dynastar Cham 87 Women's Ski in your quiver to put the handle on the variable conditions you'll encounter the majority of the time. The Cham 87 is the skinniest stick in the Cham line with a narrow, 87mm waist that is great when the mountain presents itself with a glorious sheet of boilerplate, chunder, and just about anything else you might expect when it hasn't snowed for weeks.Being a member of the Cham series, the Cham 87 lives for off piste skiing with a five point sidecut, early rise tip, and slightly rockered pintail that helps to make turn initiation easy, without making the ski feel squirrely or unstable on the hardpack. Adding to the ski's stability is a sandwich construction with layers of fiberglass and metal layered over the lightweight paulownia wood core for a torsionally stiff feel. The notched tail offers a reliable and solid connection with climbing skins if you decide to mount them with a pair of alpine touring bindings.