Nordica La Nina (2015)



Rating: 3.73 / 5
Price: $849.00
Year: 2015
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 113
Tip/Tail/Waist: 143-113-132 (169)
Lengths: 161, 169, 177, 185

Stability at speed: 3.72 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.60 / 5
Flotation: 3.95 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.75 / 5
Overall: 3.73 / 5

The sister to the Patron (see Men's Deep Snow), the La Nina is the player of the category. A wide, rockered, blunt-nosed tip steers itself-just look at the spaces between tight trees and it will take you there-and a rockered tail makes it pivot, smear, and dance down the fall line. It won the category in Forgiveness, which means it's a great "cheater" pow ski for the lesser skilled, but it also boasts a stability that stands up under expert pressure. All that tip and tail rocker-though it does have cam- ber underfoot-made it last in Hard Snow. But hey, it's a powder ski, after all. "A nice blend between surf and drive," said Tracy Gibbons.