Reviewer: Julia Van Raalte
Age: 20 | Vitals: 5’6”, 125 lbs. | Years skiing: 18 | Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado | (See complete bio)
One-Ski Quiver Selections:
1st Choice: Moment Bella, 172cm
The Bella rips. This ski is both incredibly stable and easily maneuverable, making it perfect for the challenging, techy terrain at Taos. I would feel very confident skiing the Bella every day at Taos, a mountain that doesn’t necessarily have the biggest lines, but certainly some of the more gnarly ones.
I spent a week at Alta on the La Niña in a variety of conditions, and I could not have been happier. I would even go so far as to say that the La Niña is my current favorite ski. Even at 185cm, it was happy to make quick turns in the steep moguls or tight trees, but also could be driven fast down open sections and groomers. The La Niña worked great as a powder ski, but was still a lot of fun once the snow hardened up. Overall, a totally awesome ski that crushed at Alta.
1st Choice: Nordica La Niña
I haven’t yet spent much time at Jackson, but from what I know of its technical, steep sections, I would again have to choose the La Niña. To reiterate what I have said above, it performs exceedingly well in all conditions and terrain. And for a bigger mountain, I would definitely want a bigger ski—the La Niña is one of the largest women’s ski available.
1st Choice: Nordica La Niña
For a mountain that boasts big, open lines, I would certainly be taking the 185cm La Niña. This ski likes to be driven fast down the fall line, and maintains its stability through variable snow at high speeds. While I enjoyed making big, sweeping GS turns on the La Niña, the ski’s shape allows for easy smaller-radius turns as well for more technical sections.
1st Choice: Line Pandora, 172cm
Not only does the Pandora float beautifully in powder, but it also handles deep chop, hard bumps and groomers extremely well for a ski that is 115mm underfoot. And though at times I wish that it were a little longer, the 172cm length made it easy to manage in the Niseko trees. In the category of great all-mountain skis, the Pandora provides the most float while still dominating other conditions.
Q: What skis were the most difficult to leave off your list?
A: The 183cm Volkl Shiro, as a One-Ski Quiver for Niseko.
Q: What skis do you imagine have the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski them (or get to ski them more)?
A: I believe that if I spent more time on the Blizzard Dakota at either Las Leñas or Jackson, it would have a much greater likelihood of making my list.
Q: If over the next three seasons you had to ski one ski, every day, regardless of location, what would you choose?
A: The Nordica La Niña, hands down.
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