2013 Ski Review: Nordica Helldorado

See why our testers ranked the Helldorado as one of the top skis to ride in deep snow.
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Nordica Helldorado

You just want it to live up to its menacing graphic (the Black Death, as one tester put it), but the new Helldorado does more than that. Together with its metal-free brother, the Patron, it dominates the Deep Snow rankings. There might be wider, more buoyant skis in the category, but none with greater terrain and snow-conditions versatility than the Helldo (No. 1 in Balance of Skills). With metal reinforcement and a calm, low-profile tip shape, it has smooth power to spare—"a big, bold ride that takes no prisoners" —and surprising hard-snow game for a board this wide. ◆ | ◆◆

MSRP: $999 flat
Dimensions: 143-113-132
Radius: 18.5 m (185 cm)
Average Score: 3.54
Rocker: Moderate tip and tail

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People's Ski Test 2010, Nordica

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