As Jonathan mentioned in his First Look, the Enforcer Pro is now Nordica’s widest ski and is available in only one length (191 cm). While it carries the increasingly ubiquitous “Pro” designation, it is not a particularly stiff ski, and rather has a flex pattern that is accessible to more than just “pro” level skiers. (It’s also worth noting that the Enforcer Pro effectively replaced the popular Nordica Patron.)
I’ve now had the chance to ski the Enforcer Pro in a variety of conditions, including spring skiing in Alaska and at Mt Bachelor; deep-powder heli skiing at Chugach Powder Guides; and inbounds powder days with the subsequent chop and crud. I’ve also had the opportunity to compare them to quite a few other powder skis in this category (check out our accompanying Deep Dive article).
I’ve been playing with the mount point on a lot of skis lately, but I started at the recommended line on the Enforcer Pro, and haven’t felt any reason to move the bindings. Recommended seems like the sweet spot in the sidecut for hard snow carving, but doesn’t feel unwieldy when I need to pivot and skid. Compared to skis with more forward mounts, the Enforcer Pro does turn easier when initiating the turn from the front half of the ski, but it’s still fairly easy to move them around from a more centered stance.
My first turns on the Enforcer Pro were at Alyeska Resort last April. The snow was mostly softened from the sun and heat, with some bumpy, slushy groomers. My most notable first impression from skiing this 191 cm, 115mm-wide ski with two sheets of titanal was just how easy and intuitive it was. I’ve skied a few days on the Enforcer 100 and a few runs on the Enforcer 110, and the friendly, intuitive nature of those skis was immediately notable in the Enforcer Pro, again, despite it’s “Pro” moniker. Tilting them into cleanly carved turns on the soft, bumpy groomers was easy, and the edge hold was among the best I’ve experienced in skis of this waist width.
As with my first impression on groomers, when the soft, spring groomers got bumpy, the Enforcer Pro exhibited the same smoothness and dampness I’ve come to expect from the Enforcer line. It was easy to bend the Enforcer Pro into carved turns, but the shape and metal construction also allowed for smoothly skidded turns and skids.
The smooth composure of the Enforcer Pro did falter a little when really pushing the speed. When I let the skis run on long, steep pitches at both Alyeska and at Mt Bachelor, the relatively soft shovels definitely started to flop. In deeper bumps and chop, this was magnified and prompted me to slow down a little and get back to the Enforcer Pro’s preferred velocity. I’m not saying that the Enforcer Pro can’t rally at high speeds, but they’re not as solid or composed as some other skis out there when hauling through variable conditions.
Deep Powder (Heli Skiing)
I got back on the Enforcer Pro during the first couple weeks of the main season for Chugach Powder Guides this year, and I tossed them in the basket for a couple of sunny powder days. After spending most of the previous weeks on much fatter skis, it took me a few runs to get used to the decreased float and pivotability of the Enforcer Pro compared to all of the 120-140mm skis I’d been using.
Still, the relatively soft shovels of the Enforcer Pro planed up well, and once I got used to putting a little more effort into breaking them free, the Enforcer Pro was capable of drifted turns in deep pow. It does prefer more traditional carved turns, but the Enforcer Pro can be thrown sideways to redirect or control speed when needed.
Resort Powder Days
While the Enforcer Pro does well in deep untracked powder, I think it thrives during lift-served powder days, and Alyeska has had a few great ones this season to test them. Catching first tram on any powder day is a pleasure, but when there’s been 20-30” top to bottom, life is pretty good. Alyeska had such a day recently, and I spent much of it on the Enforcer Pro.
Just like my time with the Enforcer Pro while heli skiing, dropping into the uncut sections of pow at Alyeska was fun and predictable, albeit a little lacking in float and playfulness compared to fatter, more rockered or softer skis. Once the snow started getting a bit tracked up, however, the Enforcer Pro definitely came into its own.
Deep ruts, soft avalanche debris, and cut-up groomers were all on the menu, and the damp feel and predictable shape of the Pro provided an excellent overall experience. (I feel that the Enforcer Pro has enough tip and tail taper to feel loose in the soft snow, but not so much that the skis easily deflect or feel unpredictable). I go into specific comparisons in my Deep Dive, but I’d say that the Enforcer Pro is among the best lift-served powder skis I’ve used.
Crud / Chop
In recent days, Alyeska has experienced a warming event with smatterings of new snow and periods of warm sun, and I’ve had a little bit of time off from guiding to enjoy the inbounds skiing. As mentioned above, the Enforcer Pro does great in these conditions. Again, I think this is largely related to the combination of the relatively minimal amount of tip taper combined with the damp metal construction. Just like in spring conditions, when I really let the skis run, the tips start to fold and the skis lost their composure. I should clarify that I weigh over 200 lbs with my boots on, and I’m talking about skiing almost recklessly fast. Overall, the Enforcer Pro remains one of the more stable skis in this class, but they do have a bit of a speed limit when slamming through set-up chop.
Compared to many skis in this waist width, the Enforcer Pro has a fairly traditional mount point, and it’s not a particularly light ski. The Enforcer Pro’s flex is fairly poppy and the shovels soft enough for reasonably easy nose presses, but they’re not particularly well balanced in the air compared to more center-mounted skis. As mentioned above, slashes are fairly easy, but the Enforcer Pro is definitely not a “jibby pow ski.”
Who’s It For?
Despite its “Pro” designation, 191cm length, and titanal construction, the Enforcer Pro is a surprisingly accessible ski and shouldn’t scare away skiers who don’t have sponsor stickers all over their helmets and skis. Some of the best skiers I know ski hard on the Enforcer Pro in a wide array of conditions, and I don’t hear much from anyone about significant performance limitations for expert skiers. And yet I’ve also seen a 10- to 20-day-per-year skier who usually rides much shorter skis (e.g. 177 cm Enforcer 100) jump on the 191 cm Enforcer Pro and thoroughly enjoy it in a wide variety of conditions.
I’m not saying that the Enforcer Pro skis super short, but if you’re lamenting the lack of a ~185 cm version, give the 191cm Pro a demo before you write it off as too long. These skis may represent the best combination of stability and ease of use I’ve encountered in this waist width.
The Enforcer Pro 115 is a damp, stable ski that thrives in inbounds powder conditions, prefers a more forward stance, and is surprisingly forgiving. Overall, it’s an excellent addition to the Enforcer line, and should be on the short list for anyone looking for an inbounds powder ski.
Deep Dive Comparisons: Nordica Enforcer Pro
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