The Bella was extremely responsive and allowed me to make tight-radius turns with ease. Testing how far I could push the Bella, I continually increased my speed and tightened the radius of my turns. They didn’t disappoint. The Bella transitioned smoothly from edge to edge as I worked the ski down groomers.
Similar to Julia’s experience, though, I found that the ski was a bit unstable when I tried to make larger turns. The Bella performed best on groomers when making small- to medium-size turns.
The MOMENT Bella is a great all-mountain ski, and the mustache profile allows it to perform well in powder and rip on hard pack. Though the Bella didn’t float as effortlessly as the Element, I found that it outshone its Black Diamond competitor in tight areas on the mountain.
Of the skis that I’ve tested, I think the Bella’s greatest competitor is the Volkl Kiku. Both are designed for aggressive women and perform exceptionally on groomers and in powder, but if you’re looking for an all-mountain ski to charge down groomers and big-lines, I would recommend the Kiku. If, however, you are looking for a more forgiving ski than the Kiku, I would recommend that Bella.
Bottom line, the Bella, which is coming back unchanged for 12/13, except for the graphics, is a fairly stiff yet extremely playful ski that will be sure to impress aggressive women looking for a well-made all-mountain ski.