Santa Ana 110



Manufacturer's Description

The Nordica Santa Ana 110 stands apart on the women’s ski market for the two sheets of metal and carbon that sandwich the wood core.

Wait--metal in a 110-underfoot women’s ski? That’s a ski marketer’s nightmare. Most women are intimidated by metal. I understand. Metal adds weight and stiffness to the ski, making it more difficult to ski.

But metal also gives a skier confidence. It gives the ski the strength to cut through the snow, not skip on top of it. Personally, I lose confidence the minute I feel bucked around and thrown into the backseat. That happens the most when I click in to lightweight skis that don’t have a spine. Conversely, a ski I can cut into the snow with, that I can trust to lean into and drive, that’s a ski that makes me feel like I’m a really good skier. And that’s the Santa Ana.

It’s not a heavy ski. Nordica lightened up the guts of the ski so they could compensate for the added weight in the metal. The wood core is a combination of lighter weight woods poplar, beech, and balsa. Above and below the core are layers of Titanium and carbon. The result is a powerful, stable ski that will unlock the mountain for any female wanting to take their skiing to the next level.

The best chairlift at Big Sky is a triple named Challenger. It’s a slow ride up a face with a healthy amount of pitch. Some of the best lines weave between the lift towers. Conditions are typically windbuff supreme. It’s a zone I lapped many times at Powder Week on many different skis. Some skis wanted to turn--a lot, too much. Others didn’t want to turn at all--and I feared for my knees. But on the Nordica Santa Anas, I found my stride in my first lap. The second lap, I pushed the gas petal. By the third, fourth, and fifth laps, I wasn’t even thinking about my skis. I was thinking about how much I love to fly. --Julie Brown



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