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Kristi Y.

Kristi Y.

Kristi Y.

Kristi Y.wrote a review of on February 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was a bit nervous when I first took these skis out. I had never had a "fat" ski, nor had I skied a ski with such a strange shape/rocker. I was also recovering from a badly broken ankle/leg, and wasn't sure if I had the strength to control these skis and make them shine. My fears were completely unfounded. Today, after two surgeries, was my first day back on the mountain. I wanted to take it slow - easy runs, to test my strength, my new ankle, and my new skis. My hesitation was quickly silenced. With every turn, I felt transformed, rejuvenated. After a month of low snow fall, conditions were 4-5 inches on top of crusty/cruddy/icy rocks. These skis plowed above, below, and through everything. What's more, they made 4-5 inches feel like a foot, providing stability, fun, and confidence. The faster and more aggressive I was, the greater these skis performed. While surfy and playful in soft snow and powerful in crud, these skis were also remarkably easy to get on edge on groomers. They were also surprisingly agile in bumps and tight trees. What's more, the bases held up beautifully. I was skiing hard over barely hidden rocks and logs. I expected my bases to reveal every hard crack and scrap. Low and behold, there was no evidence of the carnage.

In terms of a con, they are not fun on ice and when skied slowly can feel sluggish - but what skis are fun on ice? The Bellas are meant to ridden fast, hard, and with reckless joy.

I made several mistakes while getting used to having my legs working again. These skis, while powerful and stiff, were very forgiving when I found myself too far back or off balanced.

If you are an aggressive skier who loves a powerful and versatile ski for all but the iciest of conditions, if you are a skier who enjoys playing in crud and pow, who seeks out the trees and hunts for big lines and bold turns, the Bella is for you.