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A sturdy, pow-loving charger for the girls.

When you're riding up the lift, all people see is another pretty pair of pink bases; make sure you mount your helmet cam backwards, so you can relish their stunned faces as you blast through frozen roller-balls on your way to the steep and deep on the Volkl Aura Women's Ski. The Aura's a charger, with a torsion box construction and titanium sandwiching the poplar-and-ash core for an incredible combination of power, stability, and poppiness. The ash has been placed under the bindings for increased stiffness and binding hold, while there's poplar in the tips in tails for a fun, snappy ride in all sorts of snow. Which means you can put to rest once and for all the notion that pink can't be fast and rugged.

Of course, what use is a powder ski that can't float? None, which is why Volkl made sure the Aura was pow-proven, with a fully rockered profile and 100mm waist that's designed to make short work of big dumps, day-after chunder, and soft springtime corn. Rockered skis are easy to turn and comfortable to ride in bumpy conditions, and the Aura also incorporates a tapered tip that makes turn initiation even easier, so riding at speed doesn't have be a no-turning experience. It can be if you prefer, though.

  • Full rocker
  • Multi-layer ash and poplar core
  • Titanium laminate
  • Power Construction (torsion box and vertical sidewalls)
  • Slightly raised tail

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I am considering ordering a pair of Volkl Auras. Is the 100 mm Marker Free Ten binding appropriate?

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Yeah that brake size is perfect and those bindings would be great with this ski!

Sidecut? Turn Radius?

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132-100-118
156 - 17.9m
163 - 19.3m
170 - 21.5m

5 5

2014/15 Ski of the Year!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had a chance to ski this at last year's on-snow show at Snowbasin and instantly fell in love! I won't ski anything much narrower than 100mm underfoot (just out of personal preference) any day, so this year's Aura is going to be the newest addition to my quiver as my groomer ski! I know, I know - for some reason many people still think anything above 90mm underfoot is some kind of fatty water ski... But thats just not true anymore! This year's Aura/Mantra have been completely redesigned with full-rocker, which helps the user initiate turns and float in deeper snow. I think Volkl is marketing this one as 60/40 or even 70/30 front side to off-piste terrain...
That said, I had a few customers complain about lack of traditional sidecut... To which I say... get with the times, folks. It handles remarkably well on groomers, and is more than capable of really any terrain. I think this year's model with full rocker is WAY more versatile than previous years. For many lady skiers, this really could be your one-ski-quiver.
Definitely more for the advanced/expert. Pairs well with the Marker Griffon - that advanced/expert skier is probably going to want something a little more than the Squire, but not necessarily something as beefy as the Jesters... Not symmetrical, so i'd say mount it at boot center like Volkl recommends... Or maybe +1 but not more than that.
Another banger from Volkl!

Can You See My Aura!

Can You See My Aura!

Photo Cred goes to Ian Matteson

See more @: http://www.ianmattesonphoto.com/

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Hey Lexi! I follow you on Blister because my Wife is the about the same size, but an advanced/expert (not full on Ripper). I got her a 165 VJJ 2.0 based on your reviews. She also has a Frontside All Mtn Ski thats 89 waisted. What do u think she would like for her middle Quiver Backside All Mtn.? We ski at Loveland 60+ Days.
We were thinking 166 Samba, 163 Aura, or maybe 162 PB&J, or maybe a Bella. Powder and groomed performance no es importante. Need firm Off Piste, hasn't snowed in a week or two, Variable Snow Killer for Loveland Ridge Drops Ins.
Thanks!

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Hey!
Thanks so much for the kind words!
I've been mooning over more piste-centric skis of late since we've only had 2 storms here in Utah in 2015....le sigh....

I had a total blast on the Samba on groomers, it was so responsive and smooth but could handle variable conditions like a champ. I found the Samba a bit more user friendly than the Aura here which has a titanium laminate core. It needs to be skied a bit more forward and aggressively.

If I had bags and bags of money, this is currently at the TOP of my list given the current winter we are having.

http://www.backcountry.com/kastle-fx94-ski

For something a bit more affordable, consider the Liberty Helix, we don't currently carry the shorter lengths, but I've had a total blast ripping around on my 167cm Helix

http://www.backcountry.com/liberty-helix-alpine-ski

I haven't been on the Bella since 2012, I'm not sure if they've made any tweaks or changes but it's rock solid in most conditions as well. I found it a little stiff for moguls, but I'm honestly horrible at skiing moguls.

Happy to discuss further, simply e-mail me at ldowdall@backcountry.com

Grand Targhee Trench OUT

Grand Targhee Trench OUT

In case you were fearful that these skis were unable to handle heavy slush in the trenches...you would find your fears to be unfounded.

Trench on, trench out, turn hard.

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Like a Thanksgiving TURKEY she's carvin' that there ski!

Pow Mow (that's MAU not MOW)

Pow Mow (that's MAU not MOW)

Bout to drop n' stuff.
This ski can handle potatoes.
This pow was HOT HOT HOT.
50 plus degrees on this April day at Powder Mountain, Utah.

5 5

I. Love. This. Ski.

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

I don't often give 5-star ski reviews - it just doesn't happen.

This ski....is effin' rad.
I got to try it out for about 30 days towards the end of the 2014 spring, and it was a game changer for me.

I'd honestly always been a little terrified of Volkl skis because people always say "If you're not careful, a Volkl ski will SKI YOU."
Add a layer of metal in there and I was practically quaking in my ski boots with terror. As a smaller skier, I am pretty intimidated by metal skis and haven't spent a great deal of time on them.

This ski can handle ANYTHING! Literally....anything.
After getting used to the weight (heavier than the VJJ) I was able to fearlessly charge through really nasty stuff on this ski and felt solid control and didn't have trouble staying out of the backseat - which was my fear.

Yes, this ski needs to be skied forward.
Yes, you should pay attention. Yes, she will give you the ride of your life. Stable at speed, ripping on groomers, or surfing pow, this is one of the closest skis I've found to 'quiver' standards.

I love, love love it.
What started out as a game of fear factor has ended in a full-blown torrid love affair.

You seen my Aura lately? - because that thing is glowin'


I am 5'3" and 120lbs - aggressive/advanced skier and was very comfortable on the 170cm length.

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That's awesome Lexi. I loved my limited time on the new Mantra as well, but not sure if I share quite your enthusiasm about it, YET. More time will tell but I know I will enjoy it more than the old ones for all mountain versatility.

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Hello lexi.
I have a pair of VJJ's 2013 season. I"m looking for a ski that's more of a all mountain ski . I skied on a pair of icelantic oracles last week and I loved them. I found them super responsive and turn on a dime. I wanted something that's good in the bumps and tight trees but still has the abilitly for some float. I love my VJJ's to death, but they hate mogals and ice. What is your thoughts on the Aura ski vs the Oracles? I'm a pretty agressive skier and I can ski anything on the mountain. I just want a great ski for days my Vjj's stay in the car.

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Hello jja!
Thanks for reading!
I agree that the VJJs kind of suck on bumps, yikes, so hard to ski bumps well!

I've actually never tried a single pair of skis from Icelantic, so I'm hard pressed to offer any sort of valuable feedback.
I can say with 100% confidence that the Auras are WAY better in moguls than the VJJ. I was actually pretty concerned that the metal in the Aura would be too much for me, but as long as you stay out of the backseat, they were amazing.

The Blizzard Samba is another really good all-mountain ski to check out. Not quite as stiff as the aura, but equally versatile and fun.

Looking over the Oracle's specs, I see a pretty short turn radius of 16m compared to the Aura. Think about what kind of skiing you do, if trees, small turns and tight chutes are your jam, the Oracle will be a better fit. If you prefer high speeds with big arcing turns and really like to let loose, the Aura will be more fun for just POINTING IT!

Wooo! Good luck!