More reliable than a weather pattern.
Como se dice, "ippin' pow ski that likes to tear up the whole hill from the first bell to the last?" Our Spanish is pretty rudimentary, but we're pretty sure the answer is "Nordica La Nina". Equal parts light and powerful, sturdy and playful, the La Nina Women's Ski is a fairly fat—113mm underfoot—pow-first board that's been pressed into Nordica's Powder CamRock profile, so it has floaty, smeary, and pivoty rocker in the tip and tail, along with edgy and aggressive camber underfoot to help you dice hardpack and chunder like a five-star snow chef. With fairly large sidecut and short turning radius, especially in the smaller sizes, the La Nina is also seriously nimble, so you can shimmy your way through tight trees and rip high-G groomer turns like you're on smaller boards.
The La Nina's rippin' is predicated on its Energy CA WI-Core, which is composed primarily of energetic and strong poplar and ash wood. These give the ski plenty of snap, while the prepreg laminates and PU stringers help prevent torsional twisting and provide a lively feel that makes the La Nina feel like a smaller ski in tight spots. Full ABS sidewalls direct energy into the steel edges for bomber hardpack grip, and the sintered base lets you take off like a rocket when you're playing a rowdy game of beat the tram to the bottom.
- Powder CamRock (rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot)
- Energy CA WI-Core (poplar and ash)
- Prepreg laminates
- PU stringers
- ABS sidewalls
- Steel edges
- Sintered UHMW base
- Item #NOR001I
- Q & A
A womens ski that can hang with the boys
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I tested this ski to find out what a shorter womens specific powder ski would feel like. I tested the 161 length, i am 5'5'' tall and 150 pounds.
On groomers this ski is fast and nimble. It was very quick from edge to edge for a ski of this waist size. It skis the groomer pretty well but I would not recommend it as an every day ski. The ski is stiff in the middle and gets progressively softer towards the tip and tail, but I would not call it soft at all. The rocker in the ski is pretty noticeable so it has a lot of float in deep snow and that also makes it feel surfy because the rockerd tail complements the rockerd tip. The profile of the ski is smooth, so it feels easy to dip into a turn instead of feeling more aggressive (locked in) through a turn. This ski is really busy in the short length, so i would feel comfortable getting a longer length for a faster, more stable ride at high speeds. The top sheet is very detailed and it is difficult to see those details from the stock photo. The only reason why i gave the ski 3 stars is because i like a ski with more flex that feels more playful, and this is more of a stiff charging ski.
Although this is a women's ski it is just as capable as the men’s version. I didn’t feel like I was out-skiing the set at any point, so I would recommend these boards to any women who likes to ski fast in powder but still wants to feel comfortable on the groomed run back to the lift.