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Ski Reviews

These Swiss Skis Have the Most American Inspiration Ever: Scot Schmidt

Designed in part by Scot Schmidt, the new Stöckli Stormrider line is moving onto more "must try" lists for North American skiers.

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SKI tested the entire new Stöckli Stormrider ski line and the Nela line in Solitude, Utah for the 2021-’22 SKI Test. Get a jump start and make sure you don’t miss the results in the print Gear Guide and online by joining Active Pass today.

The Swiss might be onto something. The ski brand Stöckli, which classifies itself as “The Swiss Ski,” has been consistently moving up the rankings in the annual SKI Test over the past five years. In the 2020-’21 Test at Taos Ski Valley, Stöckli unveiled their new women’s-specific line. Dubbed the Nela series and developed with Julia Mancuso, the entire line really impressed the women at the test, so much so that the Stöckli Nela 80 was awarded Gear of the Year.

The brand recently released the news that they are revising the unisex Stormrider line for the 2021-’22 ski season. Designed in part by legend Scot Schmidt, the previous Stormrider models have been consistently well-ranked by the men in the SKI Test, and some of the changes for next season’s skis are sure to make them move up on many more skier’ lists as well.

The widest of the three Stormrider models, the Stormrider 102, is completely new for next year. It will replace the Stormrider 105 (which was ranked third in the All-Mountain Wide category for 2021). According to Stöckli, the narrower waist and a more pronounced tail rocker of the 102 will make for easier release from the turn and increase the ski’s playfulness. A larger, lighter tip—which the brand calls “Freeride Tip Technology”—will also provide more flotation.

“It’s the all-mountain, all-terrain, ‘get ‘er done’ type of ski,” says Schmidt in a video distributed to Stöckli dealers. “It’s the go-to ski for me for sure.”

The two narrower skis in the line, the Stormrider 88 and the Stormrider 95, will also feature the new Freeride Tip Technology that provides both less weight and a wider profile. The brand claims these new tips provide better edge grip during a turn, in addition to more flotation.

Being a Swiss brand, Stöckli is also well known for higher-than-average retail prices. Considering the skis are made in Switzerland and feature two layers of Titanal and lightweight wood cores, the quality of these skis is usually at the highest level and would be expected considering the price tag. In other words, you get what you pay for. Plus, considering the graphics are overlaid directly onto the top layer of Titanal, they certainly look awesome.

As far as what SKI thinks about the actual performance of the new Stöckli Stormriders, well, you’ll just have to make sure to find our 2022 Gear Guide, which will be available in October 2021. The best way to get a copy is to sign up for Active Pass, which will also include a slew of other great perks you can start using today.

2021-’22 Stöckli Stormrider Line Overview

Stöckli Stormrider 102

2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 102 ski
The 2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 102 ski. Photo: Courtesy of Stöckli
  • Lengths (cm): 173, 182, 191
  • Dimensions (mm): 135-102-125
  • Turn Radius (m): 19.8 (182 length)

Stöckli Stormrider 95

2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 95 ski
The 2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 95 ski. Photo: Courtesy of Stöckli
  • Lengths (cm): 166, 175, 184, 193
  • Dimensions (mm): 132-95-123
  • Turn Raidus (m): 17.2 (175 length)

Stöckli Stormrider 88

2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 88 ski
The 2021-22 Stöckli Stormrider 88 ski. Photo: Courtesy of Stöckli
  • Lengths (cm): 166, 175, 184
  • Dimensions (mm): 128-88-114
  • Turn Radius (m): 16.3 (166 length)

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