It is so very exciting to tap into my web browser every morning and, using the “snow spy cams” at various New England ski mountains, take in the beautiful sight of landscapes growing from green and brown to lovely, lovely, whiteness!! It is, other than actually being on the slopes, the best way for me to start a day. I have a great view of lower Narragansett Bay from my office, but it doesn’t rate with the flash of excitement that comes with seeing a snow covered ski slope.
But I digress. The past few posts have taken a look at this season’s crop of skis and boards from Capita, Blizzard, and Volkl. This post takes a look at Nordica, and the next will focus on RIDE snowboards.
Nordica has made some changes in their ski line over the past few years, and the result is some really great skis. For those into carving up the frontside groomers, the Nordica GT series of skis are pretty incredible. Subtle changes have been made to ski sidecuts, and the bindings beefed up just a bit to better transfer control from boot to ski. But wow! What a big difference in performance!
I skied a bunch of the GT skis this past February, and every single one of them were fast and easy into and out of turns. And they gripped throughout the turns with style and grace. I had always remembered the GT skis as being a bit “slippery” in tight turns, but no more. The new GT 84 Ti was a match for any other ski of similar design. If you are in the market for a frontside carver, check out Nordica GT for sure!
Also new for this season is the Navigator series of skis. These are the NRGy series skis redesigned to be more “carve worthy” on the groomers. I have a pair of NRGy 90’s, and love them on soft snow, but not so much on the hard pack. The new Navigator skis are indeed much more attuned to performing on the groomers, and definitely better on the hard pack. Fortunately, they still maintain much of the light, playfulness of the NRGy series. Nordica changed up how and where they place stiff but light titanal mesh to achieve Navigator’s new style of performing on the slopes. If you are looking for a ski that plays well all around the mountain, Nordica’s Navigator series may contain your dream ski.
Enforcer continues to be a slope-crushing ski. The new version for this season, with a 110 mm waist, may be a bit too much for typical New England conditions, but Enforcer 93 will provide everything you need here in the East. Enforcer plays in the woods, carves the groomers, floats powder, and absolutely crushes late day crud. Need I say more?
For 2018 Nordica hit the “Refresh” button on it’s collection of boots. Nordica ski boots have been gathered into “families” that reflect level of skier performance. Some upgrades have been made to boot liners, making them more malleable for custom fitting purposes, but the big change is in boot style organization. As Dalbello did (see the Volkl/Dalbello POST titled “First Frost”), you can now find your dream Nordica ski boot by performance level. If you want an intermediate level boot, you find that family of boots then zero in on the stiffness level you want, and then boot width. This is a much simpler, more intuitive approach to selecting a ski boot that best fits your style of skiing.
Those are the major “news worthy” items for Nordica skis and boots for the 2018 season. Stop by and check out the new Nordica skis, and peruse the Nordica line of boots. You are bound to find something you like!
I hear a turkey gobbling. The noise that follows next Thursday’s feasting is the quiet purr of ski lift bull wheels, the swooshing sound of sharp edges cutting through snow, and whoops of joy as skiers and riders plummet down pearly white ski trails.