A charger's charger.
The all-black Nordica Helldorado Ski may look like it's dressed up for dinner, but it doesn't intend to dine on anything but fat helpings of blower pow, high-speed runouts, and big-time lines. It's a charger's ski, with two sheets of Titanal and prepreg laminates sandwiched around a lively and strong ash and poplar core, along with extra reinforcement under the foot to ensure bomber binding mounts. The ABS sidewalls give the ski a stiff, powerful feel when it's up on edge, and won't crumple if you ding a rock or two when you're opening things up down some big, committing lines.
The Helldorado doesn't just like to go fast. It likes things nice and deep, too, because that's where it's 113mm waist and Powder CamRock profile feel most at home. Powder CamRock blends traditional camber underfoot with generous rocker in the tip and tail for a burly combination of edging powder and floatation, along with the ability to break your tail out of turns if you get to wiggle your way down through some trees. The tougher things get, though, the more the Helldorado will shine, so you'd better be willing to push it.
- Powder CamRock (traditional camber underfoot with a rockered tip and tail)
- Sandwich construction with ABS sidewalls
- Ash and poplar core
- Titanal and prepreg laminates
- Sintered UHMW base
- Steel edges
- Item #NOR000D
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Two sheets of metal, matte black finish...this ski is all business. Right? Wrong. The Helldorado rips in all conditions, but its also surprisingly playful. Nordica's Cam-Rock rocker profile offers float while still offering stability on firmer snow. The 18.5m turn radius allows the ski to be quick from edge-to-edge while the burly construction pretty much eliminates any speed limit. This could easily be a one-ski quiver, especially if you ski in the West. The only downside to this ski is the weight. It's extremely heavy, but that's the price you pay for this type of ski construction.
Effortless fun all day long
Skied it down chute four at deer valley with two feet of untouched week old firm power,I could have fallen half asleep and still have the confidence that the ski wouldn't let me down. It took on the World Cup mogul course champion and didn't kickout through the entire middle section. Only draw back its a small Turing radius that makes it carve like a slalom ski but carving is still solid and holds on icy and hard conditions, the only other ski I would buy is a blizzard cochise Both are hands down the best skis on the market. I skied it in a 193 and will buy another pair when this one is worn out, which won't be long with how much time I spend on it.
Hi, just wanted some advice on sizing, I'm 5'7 and weigh approx 155, and am looking at either Nordica Patron or Helldorado, but am a little stumped at the size I should be going for. Currently I ski Salomon Rocker 2 108 in 174, haven't been super happy with them, very smeary ski and was expecting due to weight they'd have better lift in powder. Wanted to know based on my height and weight, if you'd recommend either 177 or 185 in Helldorado/Patron. Have previously used 185 Patron which I loved, or do you think I should be sticking in the <180cm size bracket? Thanks in advance!!
If you enjoyed the Helldorado previously in the <180 category, definitely get it again in either the Patron or Helldorado. Helldorado will be slightly stiffer than the Patron. If you previously felt like the Helldorado was a bit too much ski (and at your weight its understandable), then the Patron in the <180cm size is the one for you!
If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!
Just got these in a 185, am coming off a K2 annex 118, I tend to ski everything like I'm still racing gates....wanted something stiffer and with a bit more side cut...anyway any comment on where to mount the bindings? Using a Look pivot 18....I usually center mount unless I shouldn't?
When I had my Pivot 18s mounted to my 185 Heldos, the tech ignored my request (clasic + 2) and mounted them on centre. To my surprise, it was a very happy accident as I find they handle exceptionally well on groomers and better than I could ever ask for in all sorts of pow. Best ski/binding combo I've ever owned by far!