Ski: 2012-2013 Moment Bella, 172cm
Dimensions (mm): 134-106-126
Turn Radius: 18 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 171.5cm
Boots / Bindings: Lange RS 110 SC / Marker Griffon / (DIN) 6
Mount Location: Factory Recommended
Test Location: Winter Park and Mary Jane
Days Skied: 8
(Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 11/12 Bella, which is unchanged for 12/13, except for the graphics.)
Earlier this season, BLISTER reviewer Julia Van Raalte handed off the MOMENT Bella to me with a big smile on her face. Since I’d read her MOMENT Bella review, I knew why.
And I can now honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every moment I spent on these skis.
As the female counterpart to the MOMENT Bibby Pro, the Bella has a big reputation to live up to. Both skis are built with a mustache profile—camber underfoot, and rocker in the tip and tail. MOMENT trimmed down the core of the Bibby Pro to lighten and soften the flex of this woman’s-specific ski, but even so, the Bella is stiff enough to hold its own.
On a snowy, mid-season day, I was eager on the chairlift as it neared the top of the slopes. It had been a fairly dry season, and I wanted to see how the Bella performed in fresh snow, especially since Julia didn’t get the chance to test their powder performance. With high winds at the top, most of the snow had been pushed off the trail and into the woods, leaving the main trails icy and bare. Deciding against a warm-up run, I headed straight for the glades. And it was a great decision.
I entered the woods a bit cautiously at first, but it didn’t take me long to get a feel for the skis—and charge. At 172cm, the Bella was a perfect length for ripping through the trees (and anything else for that matter). As a 5’10” skier, the Bella was long enough to provide stability for faster speeds, but short enough to accelerate confidently in bumps and tight spaces.
After skiing the Black Diamond Element with 115mm underfoot, I was also pleasantly surprised how well the 106mm Bella handled powder. Though it is designed as an all-mountain ski, the Bella performed beautifully in the six fresh inches the first day I skied on them. This was largely due to the tapered shape of the ski. The wider, rockered tip and tail gave the illusion that the Bella was much wider than 106mm underfoot, and greatly enhanced its playfulness and ability to float. It has a 134mm-wide shovel that pushed through the fresh snow and a 126mm-wide tail that helped balance when things got deep.
Though it was not difficult to find the balance point on the Bella, it was definitely important to keep it. Even with a wider shovel, the tips had a tendency to dive if I was too far forward. In order to maintain the balance point in fresh snow, I skied in a more centered, almost backseat position, but the softer tail of the Bella allowed me to stay in control at the same time.
As I neared the edge of the woods (and the edge of the powder), I moved forward to a more aggressive stance and was able to transition effortlessly from powder to hard pack. Because of the stiffness and camber underfoot, I was able to rip on the groomers. Just as Julia pointed out, this is a women’s ski that can charge. With just a little pressure at the top of the turn, the tip of the Bella engaged.