I didn’t grow up skiing racing, and it’s only in recent years that I’ve come to recognize a former racer arcing turns down the mountain. There’s an unmistakable confidence, body positioning, strength, and beauty in the way racers ski, and I felt like I could tap into that power when skiing on the Stockli Stormrider 95.
Sțockli reinforced the super light core with two sheets of Titanal, making the Stormrider 95 a strong, stable ski in a variety of conditions. Naturally, it is most at home on long, steep groomers, where it rails with seemingly no speed limit. Incredibly easy to roll over, making turns on the Stormrider 95 is graceful and fluid—like driving a very high-end car that just wants to be set free.
I couldn’t stop smiling as a linked turned down the steep and chalky Headwaters behind a slew of former gate-chasers. I knew I wasn’t one of them, but the Stormrider 95 made me feel like I could be. Because of the stiffness, I got a bit of bounce in the crud, and this is not the ski for someone looking to spread a little butter. When I took the Sțockli Stormrider 95 front to back and back to front at Big Sky, however, I couldn’t find any terrain or snow type this ski didn’t handle well.
The Stormrider 95 skis wider than it is, which isn’t a point against Sțockli for me, but worth noting for a skier expecting something narrower underfoot. —Sierra Davis