Nordica Santa Ana 98 Skis 2021 // Women's


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Nordica Santa Ana 98 Skis 2021 // Women's


r: 15.6 meters @ 165 centimeters // weight: 1660 grams @ 165 centimeters // Rocker-Camber-Rocker

133 - 98 - 118

Test Locations: Pico VT, Waterville Valley NH

The Santa Ana series got a full overhaul going into 2021, so throw out anything you've heard about this ski in the past, good or bad, because Nordica's built a brand new ski and just kept the same name. These new Santa Anas have a lot less metal in the ski, from two full sheets down to what really just amounts to a thin plate underfoot, and the tips and the tails of the skis are now carbon instead of metal. What that translates to is a ski that's lighter, easier to turn, and more forgiving and playful than the older models were. Where the older Santa Ana 100s could feel like a lot of ski in bumps and trees, these will be a lot more nimble, and handle ungroomed snow better because of how maneuverable and easy to turn they are. The trade off is that the ski won't feel quite as confident bombing down groomers, something the older model did really well despite being a whopping 2mm wider. If you prefer spending your time away from the trail, or if when you're on trail you're cruising and making more playful carves rather than really arching turns, the Santa Ana 98 is an awesome ski in the ~100mm range that will be more approachable for an intermediate skier than say, a Volkl Secret


What's the difference between the old (2018-20) Santa Ana and the new (2021-) Santa Ana?

I touched on this above a little bit, but basically the newer versions are lighter, more playful, and easier to handle. The 2021 Santa Ana has a lot less metal and it'll be a much easier ski for an intermediate skier to hop on and have an awesome time from the get-go. If you've skied the Santa Ana in the past and thought they were too stiff, you'd lke these, Nordica listened to you. If you've skied the Santa Anas in the last three years and liked how solid they felt exiting turns at speeds, or you're an expert skier looking for a ski that will hold up when skied more aggressively, this is a bit of a step backwards from Nordica and you'll honestly have a better time on a Volkl Secret 92, a 2021 Elan Ripstick 94, or Fischer Ranger 102. For what it's worth, if you have a very good memory and skied the gen 1 Santa Ana (2016-17) this new one is a lot like that. 

Balsa Core

Titanal Laminate Underfoot + Carbon Tips and Tails

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

TLDR: The Santa Ana got redone for a more forgiving, intermediate-accessible ski. 

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

Marker Squire ID with 100 mm brake or Tyrolia Attack 12 GW with 95 mm brake (it'll fit). 

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