Rating: 3.03 / 5
Waist Width: 113
Stability at speed: 3.84 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.26 / 5
Crud performance: 3.40 / 5
Flotation: 3.90 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.68 / 5
Overall: 3.03 / 5
Nordica's fattest women's ski is the twin sister of the men's Patron, a ski that has crushed the men's Deep Snow category in years past. Nordica lightens the layup considerably for women, but testers warn it's nevertheless "not for pussies." (And they didn't even try the available 185-cm length). La Nina is definitely happiest off trail-way off trail, in steep wide-open spaces. Brown Lovell: "A smooth, sexy machine. Skis long but still manageable. Hard to find what this ski does not do."
NOTES: The La Nina is the wider ski out of the two-model Freeski Women's series, the other model being the Santa Ana. It has a 143 mm tip, 113 mm waist, and 132 mm tail. This is a tool intended for epic days when a carving ski just won't cut it. Energy CA Wi-Core integrates wood stringers (strips of wood) and a layer of Carbon designed for a stable yet lightweight construction designed specifically for women. Meanwhile, Powder camROCK technology lifts the tip and tail up and off the snow, designed for floatation, and the cambered underfoot section is designed for carving on any terrain. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Santa Ana.
The Freeski Women's series focuses on skis intended for terrain outside of the groomers, whether it's the backcountry, trees, or wherever else gives you a thrill. These skis are intended to rip groomers when they need to, but their main purpose is mow through powder and other various conditions elsewhere. The two models in the series have waists ranging from 100 - 113 mm and radii ranging from 12.5 - 18.5 m depending on length.