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Nordica Santa Ana 88 Skis 2021 // Women's

Nordica Santa Ana 88 Skis 2021 // Women's


r: 15 meters @ 165 centimeters // weight: 1550 grams @ 165 centimeters // Rocker-Camber-Rocker

119 - 88 - 107

Test Locations: Pico VT, Waterville Valley NH

Despite it being an only one year old ski, the Nordica Santa Ana 88 got completely redone heading into 2021. The old Santa Ana 88 was a hard-charging beast of a ski that required more skier input than most to handle, and the new ones are definitely a bit more mellow. Instead of two full sheets of metal, you get a ski that's got just one layer that only covers part of the surface of the ski's core. This reduces weight, but more importantly makes the ski a lot easier to slide and smear turns from the tips and the tails, where the older Santa Anas really liked to carve. Having a lighter ski that's more forgiving means that this is a ski that an intermediate skier can hop on from day one and feel really confident and in control without much of a learning curve to the ski. The downside is if you're an expert skier who's laying the ski over onto its edge at all times, you're going to want more ski. Nordica essentially watered-down their construction a little bit to make a ski that's more approachable to more skiers, there's nothing wrong with that. Instead of a ski for experts and ex-racers, which is what the Santa Anas had been, these fall into the category of super-versatile skis that if you'll love if you can ski everything, but are more cautious or hesitant when the terrain gets to be highly technical. 


Nordica Santa Ana 88 vs. Blizzard Black Pearl 88? What's the scoop?

If the last sentence of that above paragraph sounds familiar, that's because it's almost exactly how we would've described the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 over the last few years. Great for intermediates, good for experts, while the Santa Ana had been the opposite. 2021 shakes things up though, the new Santa Anas ski a lot like the old Black Pearls, while the new Black Pearls are more solid feeling and better at speeds, kind of like the old Santa Anas. Confused yet? Basically the Santa Ana will be a better ski for intermediate skiers who spend more time cruising, while more aggressive skiers will have more fun on the Black Pearl. (Note this is only true for the 2021 model year and on, it's been the opposite in the past)

Balsa Core

Titanal Laminate Underfoot + Carbon Tips and Tails

Designed by: Nordica // Built by: Nordica/Blizzard, Austria Factory

TLDR: Skis like a 2015-2020 Blizzard Black Pearl, which is not a bad thing. 

Recommended Binding: The Nordica Santa Ana 93's do NOT include a binding, the best never do.

Marker Squire ID with 90 mm brake or Tyrolia Attack 12 GW with 95 mm brake.

$479.00 Orig. $599.99

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