“That thing looks scary,” said Hannah Victory of the burnished aluminum Stockli Stormrider glinting in the sidelong midwinter Montana sunlight. “I don’t know if it’s the top sheet or the metal. I was like, ‘Who’s skiing on that?'” As it happened, the lucky skier would soon be enjoying a smooth, high-performance ride representing the consummation of more than 80 years of meticulous Swiss craftsmanship.
With two sheets of trademarked high-strength Austrian aerospace alloy--Titanal--fused to a lightweight vertical-laminate wood core, Stockli’s Stormrider series brings precision race technology to the freeride space. The 105 is the mid-fat all-mountain multi-tool in the series, which includes the 95 on the narrow end and the 115 on the other.
The 105 runs like a hard-charging Super G ski, sprung for high-speed, wide-open hero carving and ultra-efficient edge-to-edge energy transfer. It’s not a particularly lively ski; its preference is to maintain magnetic contact with the snow, engraving confident arcs on steep faces and long groomers. But its conservative rocker profile and ample width underfoot mean that it also floats nicely in pow, and, with a strong driver on board, can power its way through mixed chop like an arctic icebreaker. It was built to go off-piste. But with its classy, understated, industrial-modern topsheet, and its significant price tag, the Stockli Stormrider will also be well-suited to the roof rack of your silver ’69 Porsche 911 as you speed down the Col du Pillon into Gstaad. --David Page