The Maiden 101 combines elements of the Nomad and integrates Icelanticâs signature Fly Weight Core. Many women (and men) hop on this and are really blown away, and it is no wonder why; with bombproof construction, eye popping topsheet, and a playful surfy ride, this ski has a little something to offer everyone. Its 101mm underfoot platform allows for great floatation and stability all over the mountain. The rocker-camber-rocker profile (below) also helps to make this ski versatile. While it certainly is not the best ski for die hard mogul skiers or those who are partial to GS turns, it is perfect for someone who is looking for a daily driver that will perform in all sorts of conditions. Even though it is a womenâs specific ski, I can say that this thing was wicked fun, poppy, and responsive and wouldnât mind having it as my daily driver if it were a bit longer.
I have found that this ski is best in 4-7 inches of fresh snow as it really allows you to butter and smear into your turns, however, it is pretty chattery on the hardpack. This ski will really excel in areas like Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and the PNW. Probably my favorite attribute of this ski is that it is almost effortless to make it perform the best. Seriously, let this ski do all the work and you will have a huge grin on your face all the way down the mountain. Also of note, all of Icelantic skis are handmade in Denver, Colorado, and incorporate the unique artwork of Travis Parr. So not only are you getting a sick pair of planks, you are also getting a piece of art that will have people chatting you up on the lifts all day long. If you have questions about the Maiden 101 or any other skis in the Icelantic lineup, feel free to contact me directly for expert advice!