Frontside Skis

Stöckli Nela 80

2021 Gear of the Year and Best in Test Women's Frontside Ski Review

Brand: Stöckli

Model: Nela 80

Overall Rating: 4.44


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

149, 157, 165

Radius (m)


Quickness / Maneuverability

4.56 / 5


4.28 / 5


4.56 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.44 / 5

Crud Performance

4.44 / 5

Balance of Skills

4.11 / 5



The 2021 Gear of the Year and Best in Test Stöckli Nela 80 Women's Frontside Ski
The 2021 Gear of the Year and Best in Test Stöckli Nela 80 Women’s Frontside SkiPhoto courtesy of Stöckli

Hallelujah, a women’s-specific Stöckli charger! For years this Swiss brand has produced some of the most exquisitely crafted unisex skis on the market, but they were better suited to skiers with racing backgrounds than recreationalists, never mind the majority of the female population. Enter the new Nela line, featuring a lighter weight and a women’s-specific flex that makes the skis easier to engage, more forgiving, and more accessible to intermediates than Stöckli’s unisex models. The new Nela 80 is the most piste-oriented of the line and our testers loved it for its thrilling carving performance and ability to bust through crud despite its smaller waist width, calling it “the luxury SUV” of the Frontside category. Testers’ one gripe: the longest length available is 165cm, which will surely disappoint some of the hard-charging chicks chomping at the bit to get on a more playful Stöckli ski. 

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance

WEAKNESSES: Versatility, Playfulness

Awards for the Stöckli Nela 80

SKI Gear of the Year Logo 2021
The Stöckli Nela 80 is the Women’s Ski Gear of the Year
2021 Best in Test Badge
The Stöckli Nela 80 won Best in Test in the Women’s Frontside Category