Nordica La Niña (2013/2014) ReviewOctober 2, 2013
- Easy to maneuver in tight spots
- Playful and dependable in all conditions
- Generous rockered tip for powder snow
- Too overbearing for East Coasters and intermediates
- You may need a second ski for non-powder days
A true powder skier’s tool, the La Niña excelled in variable and deep snow. It was responsive and precise in tight spots and handled high speeds with relative grace and ease. But it needs a strong skier. Intermediates will likely feel overwhelmed.
An absolute favorite of female testers, the Nordica La Niña finally answers the demand for a proper women’s powder ski. At 113 millimeters underfoot and with a huge rockered tip, it’s truly designed for heli-skiing in Alaska or deep-day tram laps at Jackson Hole.
The huge rockered tip was like a hovercraft in powder. It actually makes skiing deep snow easier.
Despite its powder-specific shape and shoveled tip, the La Niña was surprisingly versatile in all types of snow conditions. It took to the steeps and packed powder well, making it a great choice for an everyday, big-mountain female skier.
The La Niña comes in three lengths—169, 177, 185 centimeters. Smaller, lighter girls will wish it came in a shorter length than the 169, which may feel like too much ski. And we can’t imagine anyone but a pro female skier rocking the 185.