Salomon knows you don’t mess with a good thing. Which is why the Stella 106 (which uses the exact same construction as the unisex QST 106 in shorter sizes and with a different top sheet) is back this year unchanged from last year’s debut model. I fell hard for this model last year and I’m not surprised to see it rise to the top of the pack for the second year in a row. Above all, this hard-charging and versatile ski gives me the confidence to take on any type of terrain.
Made with a light Spaceframe wood core fortified with an edge-to-edge sheet of titanal that extends beyond the mounting zone and a layer of Salomon’s carbon-flax blend, the Stella 106 is extremely responsive and solid underfoot. Initiating turns is nearly effortless. It moves seamlessly from edge to edge. But it’s no soft noodle. Instead, the Stella 106 is perfectly weighted.
Because Salomon engineered the Stella 106 to easily dump speed, and hold a strong edge even in icy steeps, I was comfortable skiing more aggressively at Big Sky on this ski than anything else. The lightweight construction keeps them up top on powder days, yet they are stable enough I don’t get any chatter when it has been a while since the last storm. At 106-millimeters underfoot, these skis fall in a sweet spot that mean I take them out for a rip regardless of conditions. When I traveled last winter, this was the only ski I packed. --Sierra Davis