Model: Nela 96
Overall Ranking: #1
Overall Score: 4.14 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
156, 164, 172
Waist Width (mm)
Light Wood Core, TITEC Technology
Stability at Speed
4.5 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
4.14 / 5
4.05 / 5
4.09 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
4.05 / 5
4.37 / 5
3.59 / 5
Another Stöckli takes the top spot in another category. The Stöckli Nela 96 isn’t new, and it’s certainly not the widest ski in this category, but it continues to impress testers year over year for how it handles anything you throw at it.
Testers especially love how the Nela 96 tackles unfavorable conditions like ice, crud, and mashed potatoes—the real-life conditions you’re likely to ski at the resort. This ski just smooths over tricky conditions and terrain like it’s nothing, and testers awarded it the highest score in Crud Performance because of this.
“This ski makes off-piste terrain feel like a game,” notes tester Erika Northrop. “It just gives you smooth and playful turns without making you feel fatigued.”
The Stöckli Nela 96 is not as floaty or dependable on hard snow as some of the others in this category, but those are its only real weaknesses and it bested the wider all-mountain skis in five skill departments, including in Versatility, arguably the most telling skill for a wide all-mountain ski.
And while it didn’t take home top marks in Hard-Snow Integrity, it did win the Stability at Speed category after impressing testers with smooth large radius turns even when they were charging down the fall line in variable snow conditions.
“A super solid ski all-around,” comments tester Courtney Harkins. “It cuts through everything and nukes big turns. It’s damp but skis much more nimble than expected.”
The best part about the Stöckli Nela 96 is that it’s damp, but not ridiculously heavy underfoot. This makes the Nela 96 so approachable and easy to ski even for more intermediate skiers. At the same time, Stöckli didn’t sacrifice any performance in the Nela 96 design. It may be user-friendly, but it’s not a pushover and it’s definitely got the backbone to carry experts down steep, technical lines. They just don’t have to work as hard for that kind of performance.
“You get what you pay for,” notes tester Tracy Gibbons. “The Stöckli Nela 96 has all the stability, power, and energy that a performance skier wants, but without being overly demanding for the less aggressive skier.”
If you ask our testers, you can do no wrong on the Stöckli Nela 96, and testers recommend it to strong intermediates and up who want a ski that can not only do it all, but do it all really well.
“Love these skis more than my boyfriend and it’s serious,” says tester Katie Ryan. “It’s playful for boppin’ down moguls and crud, and give you top-notch cruising like a GS ski. Can’t say enough about this ski.”
- Strengths: Stability at Speed (1st in category), Crud Performance (1st)
- Weaknesses: Flotation (12th), Hard-Snow Integrity (3rd)
Stöckli Nela 96 – 2021 Women’s All-Mountain Wide Ski Review
The new Nela 96 is so fun on groomers, testers had to be reminded to put this ski through its paces off-piste, too. Ladies reluctantly agreed to take a break from laying trenches to take on the bumps, crud, and trees, and much to their surprise found that the carvy Nela 96 (No. 1 in Hard-Snow Integrity) is just as fun in the rough. Testers described this ski as the Cadillac of the category—a smooth, fast ride, no matter the terrain. Says tester Tracy Gibbons: “Buttery smooth power. This ski will perform great for a broad group of skiers—gals at the top of their game, or those looking to improve their game.”
- Strengths: Hard-Snow Integrity, Stability at Speed
- Weaknesses: Flotation, Forgiveness
|2021 Stöckli Nela 96 Scores||Score out of 5|