The Santa Ana 93 ranked highly in all testing, showing that it is a great ski not just off piste but also on, which is a win win for advanced freeride skiers looking to hit the pistes 20% of the time.
Sharing its DNA with the men's Enforcer 93, but with a lighter women's specific full balsa wood core, sandwiched between several laminates, makes for a high performing ski with stiffness and stability. The laminates consist of titanal, carbon prepreg, a polyamide top foil and sintered graphite base, so all high tech, top performing materials.
Nordica's true tip technology keeps the ski super stable off piste, but still playful thanks to a lighter wood tip rather than the more traditional ABS plastic. It also has a blunt nose profile and partial twin tip which is great for impromptu backwards skiing.
The Santa Ana can be as snappy or smooth as you want edge to edge and it grips like it’s on rails thanks to full ABS side walls from tip to tail. This makes the ski surprisingly fun on groomed pistes (remember, this is a freeride ski!), even in icy conditions. Response and energy from the ski are generally well balanced but constantly giving which feels like it amps up the playfulness factor to 11.
Its only limits could lie in the type of waist deep powder we all dream of where you would have to really work hard to keep control.
Overall though, a fantastic all-round ski that is somehow cheaper than the others in the category but skis a little better, making it our best women’s budget freeride ski of the moment.