Ski: 2018-2019 Nordica Santa Ana 110, 177 cm
Available Lengths: 161, 169, 177 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 175.4 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2076 & 2078 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-110-129 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 140.9-109.4-131.7
Stated Sidecut Radius: 16.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 63 mm / 44 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Core: Poplar/Beech/Balsa + Titanal (2-layer) + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.0 cm from center; 78.7 cm from tail
Boots / Bindings: Tecnica Mach 1 Pro W / Marker Griffon
Test Locations: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC; Taos, NM
Days Skied: 7
The Santa Ana series is the women’s equivalent of Nordica’s very good Enforcer line. The two series share a similar construction and rocker profiles, and we’ve been impressed with the Santa Ana 100 in the past.
The Santa Ana 110 is the widest ski in the Santa Ana series, and the widest women-specific ski Nordica Makes.
Here’s What Nordica says about the Santa Ana 110:
“Building on the success of the Santa Ana 100, the Santa Ana 110 is the newest—and widest—addition to the Santa Ana collection. Its 110mm waist offers additional confidence and stability in soft snow. To minimize weight and maximize fun, the Santa Ana 110 features a balsa wood core with carbon sandwiched between two sheets of metal. This design also enhances edge hold for powerful and precise turns while dampening vibrations for a smooth and predictable ride. And to maximize floatation in powder and boost performance in variable conditions, it sports a high rise tip and tail rocker profile. For soft snow and good times, choose the Santa Ana 110.”
Nordica very much emphasizes the soft-snow orientation of the Santa Ana 110, and this is something we’re going to be paying close attention to in our review. Because, as you’ll see below, we have pretty high hopes for the variable- and firm-condition performance of the Santa Ana 110. Here’s why:
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Santa Ana 110 has a lot more camber underfoot than the Blizzard Sheeva 11 (a ski we’ll be comparing to the Santa Ana 110), and the Sheeva 11 has deeper tip and tail rocker lines. So our prediction is that the Sheeva 11 will feel a bit surfier than the Santa Ana 110. Compared to the Line Pandora 110, the Santa Ana 110 has significantly more tail splay, and more splayed-out tips (the Pandora 110 has a fairly deep tip rocker line, but it doesn’t curve up till near the tip of the ski). Overall, the Santa Ana 110’s rocker profile looks very much like that of the Enforcer 110.
Hand flexing the skis, here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Santa Ana 110:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
While it has accessible tips, the fact is that the Santa Ana 110 has a stout flex pattern. When compared directly against the 185 cm Nordica Enforcer and Enforcer 110, the tails of the Santa Ana 110 are noticeably stiffer than the Enforcer 100, and they are slightly stiffer than the Enforcer 110’s.
The shovels of the Santa Ana 110 feel very much in line with the Enforcer 110’s, and both skis feel very similar up front compared to the Enforcer 100 (though if anything, the Santa Ana 110 is slightly stiffer).
Point is, the Santa Ana 110 is not a softer version of the Enforcer 110.
Compared to the 172 cm Blizzard Sheeva 11:
Both skis are stout underfoot, but the Sheeva 11 is a bit softer at the very tip of the ski, and definitely has a softer tail. (The Sheeva 11 is also much lighter, at ~1810 g per ski in the 172 cm.)
The Santa Ana 110 is coming in heavier than most of its competition, and we’re actually pretty excited about this, since that additional weight ought to give the ski greater stability in difficult conditions, while the rocker profile of the ski ought to keep it pretty maneuverable even in tighter spots and deeper snow.
For reference, here are a few of our measured weights for a few other notable skis:
2076 & 2078 Nordica Santa Ana 110, 177 cm
1806 & 1821 Blizzard Sheeva 11, 172 cm
1803 & 1840 Liberty Genesis 116, 174 cm
1822 & 1826 Liberty Genesis 106, 171 cm
1842 & 1891 Line Pandora 110, 172 cm
1882 & 1901 Icelantic Maiden 111, 177 cm
1955 & 1955 4FRNT Hoji W, 179 cm
Keep in mind that a number of the skis listed here are shorter than the 177 cm Santa Ana 110. But still, we suspect that the additional weight of the Santa Ana 110 combined with its accessible shape might make this ski more versatile across a broader range of conditions than some of the other skis listed here.
Bottom Line (For Now)
With a stout flex pattern, solid weight, and generous rocker profile, the Santa Ana 110 looks like it has all the ingredients to be a capable-but-playful powder ski. And if its performance reflects that of its brother, the Enforcer 110, we expect it to also be a pretty versatile powder ski that could suit a wide variety of skiers.
We’re actually getting time on the Santa Ana 110 right now in Revelstoke, so stay tuned for updates.
NEXT: The Full Review