Model: Pandora 110
Overall Ranking: #1
Overall Score: 8.1 / 10
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
162, 170, 178
Flotation (#1), Playfulness (#1)
Stability at Speed (#6), Crud Performance (#3)
Stability at Speed
7.2 / 10
8.6 / 10
7.6 / 10
7.4 / 10
7.8 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.4 / 10
The reigning queen of powder skis this season, the Line Pandora 110 (a carryover ski with a pretty new topsheet) is one of those skis that puts an immediate smile on your face, an approachable ski that reminds you that you don’t always have to work harder to have more fun.
This ski ranked highest in Playfulness and Flotation at SKI’s test in Sun Valley, Idaho, thanks in large part to the ski’s soft flex pattern in the tip, which makes for intuitive steering and effortless float. It’s not a noodle though thanks to stiffer tails, which offer enough power and stability when transitioning from fresh snow to firm, groomed runs. This combo means the Line Pandora 110 isn’t a leg-crushing beast that needs to be tamed; in fact, testers agreed that it was the perfect powder ski for intermediate skiers—or advanced skiers with a more playful style. “Such an easy ski to flick around, almost like it reads your mind,” said tester Jordan Berde. “It has a low swing weight, so lighter skiers are going to appreciate being able to manipulate this ski in countless types of snow conditions.”
With slimmer little sisters measuring 94mm and 104mm, the Pandora 110 is the fattest of the bunch, which makes her a fun-loving powder seeker with a surfy, rockered tip and tail but enough camber underfoot to feel your edges when you need them. Built with a strong yet lightweight paulownia and maple core, the ski stays pretty quiet on firm snow thanks to a proprietary layup of aramid, carbon, and fiberglass (Line’s signature Triple Hybrid Construction), which work together to dampen vibrations when plowing through afternoon chunder. Line’s 5Cut Multi Radius Sidecut technology places (you guessed it) five different radii along the ski’s sidecut, making it easy to switch it up between short and long radius turns while adapting to changing terrain on the hill. “I was surprised how quick it was in the trees,” said tester Avery Pesce of Boston Ski and Tennis. “This ski is incredibly fun. It’s super-nimble and maneuverable with incredible rebound without bucking you off.”
The only real shortcoming of the Pandora 110 is its lack of stability in firm conditions. In soft snow, it can handle whatever kind of energy you put into it, but testers reported some twitchiness when hopping onto a groomer or navigating firm bumps. “That doesn’t seem like a huge issue since this ski is for playing in soft snow and not railing hardpack,” said tester Lily Krass (that’s me!).
If you’ve already fallen in love with the Pandora 110, you can rest assured knowing that this playful pair of sticks is returning to the hill with minimal changes. If you have yet to be enlightened, hop on and enjoy the ride. Tester Erika Northrop summed it up: “Riding on the Pandora 110 is an escape from overthinking skiing and life. Once you click into the bindings, you’re in for the perfect diversion of amusement.”
Lily Krass is a freelance ski journalist based in Jackson, Wyoming with work featured in SKI Magazine, Powder Magazine, Freeskier, Teton Gravity Research, and Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal. She spends winters backcountry skiing in Grand Teton National Park and riding lifts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, with the occasional trip to the Alps (for the food, obviously). While she’s been in ski boots since she learned to walk, Lily has been professionally writing about skiing, gear, and all things outdoors for the past seven years. In addition to an all-consuming addiction to powder skiing mixed with heavy doses of Type II fun, Lily takes snacking seriously, and when she’s not writing or sliding on snow, she’s likely deep into a baking project in her tiny kitchen. She is the co-author of Beyond Skid: A Cookbook For Ski Bums, a collection of dirtbag-friendly recipes inspired by life in a mountain town.