It’s been a long time coming and it seems the ski industry has finally figured it out. We present the Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis complete with women’s skis that have a 169cm or longer length model in their line-up. For years it was almost impossible to find a women’s ski that was 170 or longer. As a women whose 5’10” it was frustrating. Not all of us are itty bitty. Some of us enjoy a ski that fits our height. Finally, ski manufacturers are getting it and this season the picking is good, very good.
Was $749/ Basin Price $649
This ski was a multi- award winner this year and for good reason. It’s a new addition but really it’s a more slimmed down version of the Nordica Enforcer. The 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 is available in 153-177 and is marketed towards the aggressive female skier who wants a one ski quiver. Now I’m bias to Nordica, we all have our brands and though I enjoy their skis their not my favorite. That being said, I’m weird, haha. Most ladies love this ski and for good reason. At 169 it’s got a sidecut of 124-93-112. It’s also got a Balsa wood core with a full sheet of titanal. It’s VERY similar to the Nordica Enforcer 93 but the core is different. The Balsa wood is not used in the Enforcer. It’s found in the 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 because women respond to ski dampness different than men. We’re not big 200 pound guys, we’re kick ass skier chicks and sometimes having a reliable, yet light core is what we need. So “wahllah” Balsa was used to make the Santa Ana 93 what it is.
Personal Thoughts: To much rocker, if the taper was pushed forward some I think the ski would respond a bit better, especially in sketchy east coast snowpack. For “chundery “spring powder or East Coast Powder Days this ski is an ass kicker.
Shop Tip: Mount +1 for better edge to edge contact.
Was $725/ Basin Price $599
This ski comes in a 181! But put up next to the Salomon QST 99 (Men’s Version) it’s identical in every way minus the topsheet. It shares the same price too so it’s no surprise this ski is so popular. It looks playful and easygoing but it’s got a whole side to it that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a happy balance of soft and playful to kick- ass hard charging animal. The 99mm waist doesn’t hurt either when it comes to beefing up this ski. There are narrower versions in the line-up but this is a crowd favorite.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve never been a fan of Salomon women’s skis. They were the first to start the women’s specific ski trend, right around the foam core era. They were also one of the first to do away with the lesser quality women’s skis. The QST is a testament to that. Off the wall this ski makes me go wow! I’m quite impressed with it’s construction and layup, to the point where I might own one in the future. It’s a good “affordable” all mountain ski.
Shop Tip: De-tune the tips an extra inch lower so there’s better transition on edge. Consider a Tyrolia AAAttack Binding for an extra low standover height. Go with a 12 or higher for the camming heel to make easy step-in when clicking in.
Was $725/ Basin Price $599
There’s no kidding around with the Vantages. This ski is stable and reliable, especially at high speeds. It’s a high performance annihilator for the chick that absolutely rips down the mountain. Carbon tank mesh inlay with Titanal bridge overlap the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTI is all there. It’s ironic actually when I think about this ski. It’s ironic because this ski as released last year but didn’t really win any awards until this year. Atomic is one of those companies that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of things so it’s ironic that an unchanged ski from last year to this year is only now just getting recognized for its kick assery and bad-assness. This ski would fit the chick who’s an ex-racer or maybe a free rider, someone who wants something that’s stable at high speeds, that’s the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTi.
Personal Thoughts: Beefy, almost too beefy for me which is why I went with the 95 C not the 90 CTI. This ski is a crowd favorite and was spotted a lot last season. The perfect amount of rocker too and absolutely blast the crap out of a turn when exiting the transition.
Shop Tip: Great Tele ski!
These are the best well- rounded kind of do anything women ski. It’s not just a carving ski or just a powder ski, it’s a do anything, go anywhere kick a lot of ass ski. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to find all these skis in a 170+ length.
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