Nordica La Niña (2013/2014) Review

October 2, 2013
Nordica La Niña (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Float
8
Versatility
6
Hard Snow Performance
8
Stability
8
Forgiveness
5
Value
7

The Good

  • Easy to maneuver in tight spots
  • Playful and dependable in all conditions
  • Generous rockered tip for powder snow

The Bad

  • Too overbearing for East Coasters and intermediates
  • You may need a second ski for non-powder days
THE VERDICT

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.

FULL REVIEW

The huge rockered tip was like a hovercraft in powder. It actually makes skiing deep snow easier.

Versatility
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.

Length
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.

 


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MSRP
$849.00
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