The Nordica Santa Ana 88 Ski for women and the Enforcer 88 Ski for men dole out fun and forgiveness
For a while the philosophy with skis was the wider the better. But skiers were quick to notice that rather than carving, the skis were skimming, which just isn’t as fun. If you’re looking for an all-mountain ski that can handle everything from powder to groomers, the new Nordica Santa Ana and Enforcer are great picks.
Santa Anna 88
Made for female skiers, the Santa Ana, has a narrow (88 millimeter) waist, with a 121 millimeter shovel and 109 tail (on the 172 centimeter length). The ski skips through crud, and handles high-speed turns like a World Cup champ. Our tester skied it more than 75 snow days last year, in all conditions, and found it to be quick, nimble and almost psychic in its turning ability. The ski has a carbon-reinforced balsa wood chassis to keep weight down; two sheets of metal add stability.
The men’s version is the new Enforcer 88. Also an all-mountain ski, the Enforcer has a lightweight, vibration-dampening tip and carbon reinforced chassis, plus two sheets of metal and a tapered wood core. Side cut for the 186 centimeter length is 122-88-110. This is the ski our tester reaches for when dropping into steep chutes that required fast transitions from powder pockets to ice. Both the Santa Ana and Enforcer are fun, forgiving skis that help you up your game. www.nordica.com
SANTA ANA 88 $700
ENFORCER 88 $750