Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 72
Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177
Stockli describes the SC as a "race carver." It's similar in shape to the slalom-race-inspired Laser SL, with a negligibly longer sidecut radius, but its wider waist (72 mm, where the SL is 66 mm) gives it more buoyancy so it won't trench too deeply on soft groomers. It's a likely choice for tight arcs on velvety Western hardpack. The Laser Series includes six models of Stockli's highest-performing frontside precision carvers, incorporating race-inspired technologies in detuned constructions that make them more appropriate to resort conditions and more manageable for daylong recreational skiing. All are built on narrow waist widths (66 to 78 mm) for maximum edge grip and edge-to-edge quickness on hard snow. All are wood-core constructions, for responsiveness and durability, with full-length vertical sidewalls for optimized edging, and Stockli's fastest high-density graphite race bases. Three models (GS, SL, and SC) are metal-reinforced for high-speed calm, durability, and torsional rigidity, using two sheets of metal. The other three models (CX, SX, and AX) are metal-free constructions, for lighter weight and lively, more forgiving performance. Stockli Skis, founded in 1935 and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne. -J.C.