Sascha Anastas (see Bio)
I. What’s your 2-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
This is very straightforward for me: the Blizzard Black Pearl 98 (alpine binding) + the Line Pandora 110 (AT binding). A number of my girl friends are on the Pandora 110, and most of the women I know who have skied it have loved it. And the Black Pearl 98 is just a terrific all-mountain ski — it is very stable at high speeds, yet still pretty cooperative in tight spaces or when you are interested in slowing things down a bit.
II. What’s your 2-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
Sorry to sound boring, but same answer. I’ve spent several years using the Pandora as my soft-snow / deep-snow inbounds ski + touring ski, so this isn’t a hypothetical answer. And I’ve just been very impressed all around by the Black Pearl 98.
III. What ski was most difficult to leave off your list?
The new Nordica Santa Ana. I love the previous Santa Ana, but it’s not stiff enough to be my never-leave-home-without-it ski. So I am curious to see how close the new Santa Ana compares — if it has a similar feel, but with a bit more stability, you will find me raving about it.
IV. What ski do you imagine has the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski it, or get to ski it more?
The new Santa Ana. I’m dying to try it. See above.
V. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 2-ski quiver, which company would you pick?
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