New this year, the Icelantic Maiden 111 celebrates all that is feminine in skiing. The centerpiece of the artwork on the top sheet, created by Icelantic co-founder Travis Parr, represents mindfulness and intuition. The rest of the ski is built for women to go out and explore the high mountains.
Pairing the design from Icelantic’s bestseller, the Nomad, but with a lighter wood core called Pacific Albus, the Maiden 111 is a member of the rocker tip-and-tail, camber-underfoot club. (If that sounds familiar, it’s a profile every ski company has dialed recently.) The Maiden’s two millimeters of camber underfoot are enough to make this ski turn, pivot, and crush terrain up and down the mountain. The ski responded gracefully to controlled, fast turns down the narrow, chalky chutes of Big Sky’s Headwaters. It held an edge on long arcs on the groomers, but whipped up tight turns in the trees. The wide shovel in the tip planed through crud and set-up the carve in windbuff.
The Maiden checked all the boxes except for one. She is an earth-bound vessel. She’s predictable, not lively—which can be a good thing, but also makes it harder to pop up and catch air.
The best part of the Maiden is that it fits a wide range of women, coming in a size run from 162 to 177 centimeters. Add to that the rest of the Icelantic package—handmade in Denver, Colorado; a three-year warranty—and the Maiden is a solid addition to a company whose values are rooted in outdoor exploration. —Julie Brown