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Nordica in November

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.






This year, women skiers win big

Blizzard and Tecnica have spun up an initiative called “Women-2-Women.” Basically, they are having women engineers–and designers–work with women skiers in a back-and-forth fashion so that they design gear that not only mechanically works specifically for women, but also addresses considerations of style, form, and function from a women’s perspective.

Historically, ski gear has been male driven, with women’s gear being prettied-up, sized-down men’s gear. That has been changing, but Blizzard and Tecnica have put change on the fast track.

For instance, the new Blizzard “Alight” system skis have the bindings offset just a bit to better take into consideration the difference in a women’s stance relative to those of men. Does it make a difference? Women skiers are telling women engineers—Yes, it does. The Alight skis have also be designed with a new layup of wood, metal, and fiberglass to keep them light but still keep the lady locked in the bindings totally in control.

The result? A pair of skis that caters to the unique anatomical construct of a women’s body and musculature.

Skis not enough? Tecnica didn’t think so. The Mach series has a new, totally organic liner material that captures heat, a higher back spine to account for differences in a women’s calf muscle placement, and a slightly different forward lean angle to account for differences in a women’s stance. The Ten.2 boot series now sports an adjustable cuff so you can custom fit the boot to your specific calf size.

And, the Women-2-Women initiative added a bit of panache. Women’s skis and boots have been designed such that colors, trim, and styles complement each other in a way that makes for a balanced, total outfit that looks like it was planned that way. Because it was. 

Yes ladies, you should feel pretty special. Blizzard and Tecnica have produced the goods for you for 2018. Pop into Avies’ Ski / Sport and check out the new gear. It’s awesome.

Does that mean men are losers?

While there are no doubt a few women out there thinking an emphatic “You Betcha,” from a skiers perspective–not really. 

Blizzard Quattro was new to the scene last year, and other than a few tweaks on some models, and a new 86 mm waist model (which by the way is fantastic!), Blizzard left great skis to be, well, great skis.

Blizzard did make some adjustments to Bonafide and Brahma skis, redesigning the sidecut so that they tip into turns much, much quicker, allowing the ski to carve pretty darn nicely. That small redesign makes Brahma, with it’s slightly narrower waist, what could be a one-ski-does-it-all ski for New England skiers. 

New for 2018 is Blizzard Brahma CA. The CA stands for carbon. Blizzard pulled out the titanal sheets from its traditional Brahma ski and replaced it with strategically located carbon fiber inlays. So where Brahma is super stiff, crushing anything in it’s path, Brahma CA is lighter, more nimble, and with a lot of “pop” so that you can twist, turn, and slash your way around anything you encounter on- or off-piste. This skier found Brahma CA to be an incredible amount of fun to have underfoot.

Tecnica hasn’t made any major changes to men’s boots for this season. The Ten.2 series of boot has been regrouped into a “family” of performance-minded but comfortable ski boots. The regrouping of the Ten.2 family also sees a slight redesign of the liner to better accommodate wide feet. While fitting a Hobbit may still pose a challenge, fitting a ski boot for the rest of humankind, will not.

That’s the news for Blizzard skis and Tecnica ski boots for the 2018 season. And it’s all good. They hit a home run for the ladies with a new series of ski, and redesigns of boots, both specifically engineered for women, by women. And they didn’t mess with the good stuff they released new last season for men. A few tweaks, and a few new models.

Stop by Avie’s Ski / Sport and check out the new goods Blizzard and Tecnica have stashed at the shop. This skier will be on hand this Sunday, the 5th of November, to continue the conversation started here. Stop by and say Hello. Love to see you and talk skiing. 




Ski Boot Season

I got an email this morning pointing out how many “Skier’s Choice” awards Dalbello ski boots have received for the 2016/2017 season. I thought I would take a moment to share with you some personal experience and thoughts regarding Dalbello boots.

First off, Avie’s Ski/Sport is carrying Dalbello ski boots this season, so if you find any of my thoughts intriguing, stop by the shop and check out some ski boots. …more