152, 160, 168
127-88-113 @ 160
15m @ 160
Strong skiers who split their time between groomers and the rest of the mountain.
Völkl Kenja 88, Rossignol Experience 88, Nordica Santa Ana 88
Finding the right ski can make a skier better. That was the case for tester Deanna Papineau who loved the Nela, a women’s-specific, all-mountain ski. A big sweet spot allowed her to trust it, giving her confidence to push harder in different turn shapes, conditions and terrain. The Nela features a lightweight build of paulownia wood, a fibreglass laminate that is 25 percent lighter than other glasses and svelte steel edges. Instead of a top sheet, Stöckli prints the graphic right onto a full sheet of Titanal, saving more weight while not sacrificing dampness and power. “Sturdy and stable,” wrote Charlotte Fletcher. “Powerful in crud, ripped open turns and stable in small bumps.” She would have liked a little more reactiveness but less demanding skiers appreciated the beautifully smooth ride. While they weren’t as loved as the Kenja, they offer a similar approachability and versatility. The Nela is a ski that is just as happy laying trenches into groomers as it is hunting for powder in the back bowls.