We recently sat down with The Mayor of Slayville, Andy Mahre, to recollect the history of one of the most revolutionary skis of our time – The Hellbent.
K2: Hey there, Mr. Mahre. So how did the idea for the Hellbent shape come about and were you involved with the testing?
Andy: I actually did not test the Bents. I had rockered Made’ns one year and got Hellbents the next. Pep had a pair of prototypes and I sure wished that I did. I knew the performance in to the deep stuff would be untouchable.
K2: What was the first Hellbent art?
Andy: The original Hellbent’s graphic coincided with its name perfectly. It was black white and red and it resembled a scary movie or a nightmare.
K2: What has the Hellbent allowed you to do?
Andy: The Hellbent opened up a wide variety of possibilities. It turned things that were once hard to easy. The maneuverability was unmatched for a ski that size and it constantly wanted to float. Instead of tucking and rolling when you got forward, the ski would pop up on its own. It really allowed the user to ski more aggressively.
K2: How has the art evolved over the years?
Andy: The graphics the first few years were fairly similar. They shared the black red white color pallet, and the nightmarish scheme. When the ski widened, the colors changed. Each year since has been a different color pallet and they have been my favorite graphics so far.
K2: In between the Creatures and Clown art models, some changes were made…ski got fatter, stiffer, tapered – how did these changes effect the ski?
Andy: The wider hellbent saw a new rocker profile and a capped ABS sidewall. While wider than its predecessor the new look was visually less bulky. The ski floated even better than before!
K2: What are your ideal conditions for the Hellbent?
Andy: The hellbent was made for POWDER!
Check out this year’s Hellbent and get ready to slay some pow of your own: