The conditions during Powder Week were not as variable as in years past, so I was able to ski the Stockli Stormrider 115 on groomers, crud, and wind buff. In the 195-centimeter length, this ski was a top performer for me. However, due to its sheer size, this ski might not be ideal for everyone. (Editor’s Note: Dave Stergar is one of the strongest skiers on the Powder Union. Let’s just say he knows how to drive a ski.)
The Stormrider 115 has a GS race-factory feel. It needs (and loves) to go fast in order to arc turns. Stockli has maintained its traditional look, only slightly updating the graphic over year’s past. Their titanium top sheet maintains the traditional look of the Swiss ski company. I felt the top sheet also added some torsional stiffness. Like models in years past, the ski still features a laminate construction with lightweight durable woods and a fiberglass layer that makes this ski incredibly damp. When you get it up to speed, it will pop you from turn to turn.
What many skiers will really like about this ski, especially if they have a race background, is traditional camber with a very slight early rise tip for ripping powder. The straight tail allows for completing turns on hard snow and groomers. With this construction, you know you will be able to hold high-speed turns down steep faces. The Stormrider 115 felt a bit heavier than some of the other skis in this category, something for which Sțckli makes no apologies. --Dave Stergar