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Big mountain powder ski that's about to give you a hell of a ride.

To calm your pounding heart you look down to the Nordica Helldorado Ski and reassure your nerves that this versatile big-mountain powder ski is about to give you the ride of your life. Suddenly the helicopter swoops back into view and on the count of three you drop into a steep, massive couloir and make two giant turns before straightlining out into a flume of powder. Designed to rip the gnarliest terrain, the Helldorado features a High-Rise profile and two layers of Titanal that gives you the float and stability to conquer anything the mountain has to offer.

  • High Rise profile consists of a rockered tip and tail and a bit of camber underfoot so you can float through pow, plow through heavy afternoon crud, and rip groomers down to the tram line
  • Low tip and tail mass helps prevent ski vibration due to lack of snow surface contact
  • A full wood core from tip to tail provides super-precise flex curve
  • Two layers of titanium over the edges offer maximum power transmission, torsional resistance, and rebound in all conditions
  • Titanium layers stiffen the skis, provide stability, and make the Helldorado one of the most stable high-rise rockered skis to date
  • Vertical sidewall construction for durability and precise performance with a direct transfer of power down through the ski
  • 113mm waist supplies a versatile ski for deep days, variable conditions, and hardpack
  • Progressive sidecut helps to eliminate chattering or vibration issues
  • UHMW sintered Electra Gallium base includes carbon black and graphite that increases electrical and thermal conductivity, which reduces friction that leads to speed-robbing suction, drag, and static build-up that attracts and holds dirt and pollutants on the base

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5 5

Awesome boards

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Possibly the best ski I've ever rode. Super stable... comes alive with speed. These skis need a big strong skier to get the most of what they offer. The flexy tips are great for making it through the long traverses along Baldy shoulder or bumps in the trees. Definitely will buy a pair over the off season.

2 5

Great ski if only it held together

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski rips! A powder specific ski that doesn't flap or chatter on the groomers? Other companies could take note, cough, rossignol, cough. It stomps big airs and floats and pivots well in the powder. It falls short in the bumps and especially in the crud, but that is to be expected in a ski with significant rocker.

The ski falls short in the craftsmanship. It chips. Like, a lot. More than any ski that I've ever owned. After only two months of use. Almost the entire edges are now white as the black top sheet chipped away and the white core / sidewall is exposed. I'm scared of what will happen if this second layer chips away. It looks terrible, and makes the skis a pain the carry and handle.

Overall, this is a ripping powder ski. But the quality issues make me nervous and turn me off of recommending it.

4 5

Dropping

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been skiing on 185 cm Helldorados for two seasons now. I am 5’8” and 165 lbs. My skis are set up with Rossignol FKS bindings mounted 2 cm behind center. There is a lot to love about them, but like anything in life, there are some shortcomings. I will start with the positives.
Groomers: These skis handle amazingly on groomers, almost too good for being 113 mm underfoot. I think the stiffening of the ski via the added two sheets of metal aid in the ability to carve down groomers. They change edges very easily and really slingshot you out of the turn with a lot of energy. I feel like I can depend on these skis to keep an edge while bombing down a groomer going mach 10.
Powder: Three words, Great. Powder. Skis. These skis like to float on top of the powder and leave all your friends in the dust. Just like the performed on the groomers, the Helldorados like to take the deep powder with speed and big turns.
Bumps and Trees: This is where I started to see the downside of the Helldorados. These skis do not like to make quick, short turns. I am not able to take a tree run or a mogule run as fast as I would like without losing control. I believe this to be due to the stiffness of the skis.
Crud and Chop: The Helldorados seemed to not like previously skied runs. The tips seem to always want to dive or get caught up in heavier snow. One thing I have noticed is that the tips do not curve up very much and the tips seem to be softer than the rest of the ski. If the tips of the skis get caught going down into the snow (which it does fairly easily), it is very hard to pull them back up without throwing all your weight to the back of the skis. This can sometimes save you from going out the front, but it can also cause you to fall backwards. The tails of the ski, like the tips, are pretty soft and when you move your weight to the back of the skis, they do not hold you up.
Just a few extras: The Helldorado's graphics are sick, but the are very heavy.

Dropping
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Drew, I think your review is excellent and accurate (and thorough). The only point that I would differ on is their properties in chop and crud - I find that they plow through (or surf over) variable snow much more effectively than any other ski I've been on. I'm skiing the 193s and am 5'10" and 150 lbs.

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Agreed, bre. I like this ski for all days and conditions, but feel most confident in the chopped and variable conditions. The soft tips and stiff hull make it perfect.

Hi
Can anybody help me with length ? ...

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Hi
Can anybody help me with length ? I'm expert skier who like to ski hard and fast, long turns. I have 3 year old K2 sidestash ski 188 and I love them. I'm still going to keep them for ski mountaineering but for skiing at the ski resort and back side I would like to get something else . So I'm thinking about Helldorado . I'm 6' and 196 pound. Thank you. Jan

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Should go with the 193 cause of your weight and height, and if you really arr an expert you'll have no problem to control em

5 5

Powerful, smooth, stable, fast & FUN

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding the Helldorado for a couple of months, I have concluded that I really love this ski for powder or variable conditions; basically, anything but hard pack. It is smooth, stable, incredibly powerful and very fun. It makes you ski way too fast! Yes, the Helldorado requires a bit of strength to ski as intended, but it is well worth the extra effort and it will make you stronger. And happier. Highly recommended.

Gearheads! Please help me out. I need to...

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Gearheads! Please help me out. I need to know all the differences between the Helldorados and Patrons. Especially weight differences. I always prefer a stiffer ski, so I'd like to find out why I wouldn't go with these over the Patron's.

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In a 193 the Helldarado weighs in at 2738g per ski, the Patron is 2632g in the same length. The Helldorado uses the same mold as the Patron but adds two sheets of titanal so it is noticeably stiffer. So basically you get the same shape but stiffer at a penalty of 212g for the pair.

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Yeah, it's also torsionally stiffer and much more damp than the Patron. The Patron is more poppy and playful, but it doesn't absorb the bumps at high speed like the Helldorado. I prefer the Helldorado for everyday resort use, but the Patron is definitely better than other non-metal-reinforced rocker/camber/rocker skis such as the Armada JJ, Line Opus, or 4frnt YLE. It's heavy, and with the metal, is more oriented toward the front country and variable terrain.

5 5

Helldorado - Salomon combo

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Helldorado 185's with Salomon Guardian 16 bindings is a great combo. Glad I purchased the skis thru you folks to ensure availability and best value in pricing. Techs at Rogers Ski in NH did a super job with mounting and loved the combo as much as I do. Used them a bit in the NorthEast, but more in the Mammoth Lakes area. Can't wait to take them up to Whistler and areas just east of there, and then over to Alta & Snowbird. Stable, and great responsive control. I have mine mounted at 2cm behind center.

Will the Marker Jester Pro 110 fit these...

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Will the Marker Jester Pro 110 fit these with a little twist of the break?

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Yeah, a good shop tech can bend 110 brakes to 115ish mm. It has been done for me in the past.

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Thank you, I thought as much. They are a great binding and currently a great price.

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Me & my brother ski Jackson Hole, he has these skis & has stated these are the perfect rockered tip/tail skis to rip a place like Teton Pass & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He also has 192 Bentchentlers from last '11-'12 season, & like these a little more for everyday conditions.

5 5

All Thriller Line-Killer

I could not ask for a better ski to use every day.
Except for a week in February when I was demoing some El Capos, and a few days when there's been enough fresh snow at the Bird to bust out my Bushy Waynes, the Helldorados have been my go to ski everyday. That's 80+ days I've had to learn just how to bend and turn them, how to make them pop just right and let them carve long, smooth turns through any kind of snow. If I could have only one ski forever, it would be the 193 Helldorado.
I love how the metal layers and full wood core dampen choppy conditions and smooth out my ride. I love the "hammerhead" and the "low rise camrock" in the tips and tail, that, with more angulation in your turn, puts you right on the rails making for roller coaster like arcs. Then, when you get them into trees or billy-goat terrain, you can make tight, nimble turns and smear them easily.
The more you put into this ski, the more you get back. The Helldos love speed and they will let you go as fast as you want.
I have mine mounted at 3cm behind center and love 'em. If you like to lean forward when you ski, then the traditional mount at 5cm behind center would be a good choice, too.

5 5

Mounting position for Hammerheads or Axl

Anyone skiing the Helldorado tele? If so, where did you mount them?.

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I would mount the Axl or HH with the back end of the toe box/wings taking the point of the boot center. I would put that point at 3cm behind center to 5cm behind center, which is the traditional mounting point.

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Thanks for the recommendation. If I follow you, the center mark on my boot will then be positioned about 5 cm aft of the "Classic Mount" line on the ski. Is this what you recommend? Thanks.

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Yeah, that would be my recommendation. It'll work well for the Helldorado's sidecut and rocker/camber profile.

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OK, thanks for the confirmation. I'll try that mount and ride them next season.

5 5

Made to rip!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hand's down the Helldorado is the most amazing ski I have ever been on. If you are out west looking for a one quiver ski, this is it. It charges deep powder lines, stays firm and solid at speed through crud, and can keep up with GS ski's on the groomers. Easy to scrub speed and butter it when needed, and instill's a confidence in your riding that is scary.

The only downside I could find is that since these likes to ski fast and hard, they can wear you out quickly if you're not ready to handle it. These ski's also like to be driven, and if caught off guard or in the back seat they will take you for a ride. FWIW, I'm 6'4" and 265lb skiing on the 193's. Instagram: @aayyy_mac

5 5

Nothing hellish about it

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I definitely had my doubts on this ski since Nordica added rocker, but it's still an incredibly versatile and fun ride! I've skied the previous versions of this ski for the past 5 years and couldn't be more in love with them so I was pleased to find that the rocker just helped them float better while maintaining excellent edge grip, stability, and snow feel. They do seem to ski shorter now with the added rocker. I have been skiing a 185 in the Girish but I skied the 193 in the Helldorado and it felt similar. I find them to be super nimble and responsive on groomers, in crud, and in pow. Don't let the 113 waist width make you think that this ski won't ski well on groomers- it's actually amazing on hard pack and corduroy (and yes, it does make small radius turns). My Nordicas the past few years have also been bombproof- the bases are super durable and despite landing on/skiing over may rocks I've never had a pair delam, bend, or an edge blow. Any aggressive all mountain or big mountain skier looking for a stable and versatile ski should definitely check out the Helldorado.

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Which previous versions? This is the first year of the Helldorado.

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Jack- this is the replacement for the Girish/Blower and has similar construction, just with a different camber profile.

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Not really. Very different than the Girish. The El Capo for next year is more of the Girish "replacement." The Helldorado is the Patron with Enforcer construction.

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Actually Jack she is right...the Helldorado IS the Girish construction, which is the same as the Enforcer, with the Patron/Unleashed Hell shape.

Blizzard Bodacious or Nordica Helldorado...

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Blizzard Bodacious or Nordica Helldorado?

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If you can get the Hells in your size, make a move. Nordica is apparently sold out. I'm 6' and 150 lbs and I got the 193's. It's a really nice ski.

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Helldorado! I had the opportunity to ski the 193's in the worst of conditions and snowbird last spring. Wet super heavy crude and they skis charged right throught it! These are going to be my main ski this season.

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I've got both the Helldo's and the Bodacious', totally different skis. The Bod's are like skiing with a lead blocker. The helldo's are nimbler than the bod's, the bod's much more confident at speed. I use the helldo's as my everyday ski, the Bod's when i'm opening it up. I'm 6'4'', 215 and ski fast, have a penchant for breaking skis and both of these have made it through a full season of abuse so far. Just need to stay on top of the bod's a bit more

3 5

Helldorado Gonna Get You!

Bonus points for anyone who gets that song reference. Funny thing is, the band that I took that line from does represent the Nordica Helldorado Ski very well as it does one thing and one thing only, CHARGE. This is not a joke, this ski is only comfortable at mach 3 as Nordica basically took their race construction and gave it a big-mountain freeride makeover. Any chatter once this sucker gets speed is blurred out and turns just rail as well.

A few things to point out though. If you are looking for anything less than a race ski feel in every way, don't go this way. The float is also feeling a bit lacking in comparison to skis that are of similar width to the Helldorado. The one other thing is that the long turn is key with this ski. Short turns will not come easy at all.

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I guess they could be hard to make windshield-wiper turns and snow-plow turns from the backseat when you're going slow. If you ski like a boss, though, these things are nice and nimble when you need 'em to be, billy goat well, and they have no speed limit on any line, in any condition. Perfect ski for Snowbird or Jackson.

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Jack Wizo,

I concur. Stronger skiers can juice sudden short turns out of the 185cm at speed which definitely make them a bit more versatile at that length. But, at the 193cm, it gets tough for anyone to make that sort of move which facilitates medium to long range turn shapes much better.

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Not me. I have the 193's and I have no problem making quick turns with them. I'm not a big guy, only a buck-fifty and six feet tall, but I have no problem ah-tall swinging them stix around.

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Wally,
Sounds like you tried to graduate to a big boy ski a little early there son. I'll bet you live in the back seat.