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Nordica La Nina (2017)

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Nordica La Nina

Rating: 3.52 / 5
Price: $849.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 113
Tip/Tail/Waist: 143.2-113-135.1
Lengths: 161, 169, 177

Stability at speed: 4.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.57 / 5
Crud performance: 3.40 / 5
Flotation: 4.01 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.41 / 5
Overall: 3.52 / 5

“Quiver skis” are supposed to be specialized, and La Nina is peerless in knee-deep or better. The widest ski in the test, it doesn’t try to be your everyday buddy. Point it down a steep groomer and it just wants to go in for cocoa. But on powder days it’s the life of the party. No other ski came close to matching its surface-skimming buoyancy. It surfs, smears, throws huge sprays for the camera, and beats everyone to the bottom. Wide but never planky; solid but never heavy; strong yet surprisingly accessible and intui- tive. For any girl who’s ever complained that the boys get all the megafat fun, here’s your ride. Ratico: “Incredibly balanced and enjoyable. I was able to attack through trees and plow through crud. Really fun ski.”

The 2017 Nordica La Nina is the widest women's ski Nordica makes-just as wide as the men's Patron, though it's built with a softer flex and lighter core. It's a powder-specific quiver ski, deeply rockered for deep-snow buoyancy, with tapered tips for a loose, slashy performance.

Nordica's Women's Freeski collection now includes three models of wide-waisted soft-snow freeriders, with waist widths of 113, 100 and 93 mm. Nordica added the Santa Ana 93 this year. All are built for loose, smeary performance in soft snow and powder, with tapered tips and tails and rocker profiles varying by width (more in the 133-mm La Nina; less in the two Santa Anas). All are built on wood cores for durability and responsiveness. All are sold flat (no binding). 

Notes: The 2017 Nordica La Nina is the widest women's ski Nordica makes-just as wide as the men's Patron, though it's built with a softer flex and lighter core. It's a powder-specific quiver ski, deeply rockered for deep-snow buoyancy, with tapered tips for a loose, slashy performance.

Nordica's Women's Freeski collection now includes three models of wide-waisted soft-snow freeriders, with waist widths of 113, 100 and 93 mm. Nordica added the Santa Ana 93 this year. All are built for loose, smeary performance in soft snow and powder, with tapered tips and tails and rocker profiles varying by width (more in the 133-mm La Nina; less in the two Santa Anas). All are built on wood cores for durability and responsiveness. All are sold flat (no binding). 

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