Völkl first released the Women's Flair range in 2017. This collection of skis was and still is developed for the piste enthusiasts in the market, and this year we went to Pila to review their piste prowess on the ski test.
Since 1914, Völkl has been manufacturing skis in Straubing, a Bavarian town northeast of Munich in Germany. It doesn't take a big ski area to produce good skis, just enough snow for testing. But what really counts is the German engineering.
If you classify yourself as an advanced skier comfortable carving turns using a slightly stiffer ski, then the Völkl Flair is for you. When skied with precision, the Flair really does enhance your performance and gives you the tools to cruise the slopes with finesse and style.
These days, a waist width like 72mm seems dwarfed by so many wider "do-everything" skis so it's easy to assume this ski is too "narrow". However, the narrow width makes edge changes quick and maneuverable, and with the added stiffness, you can get way more performance out of the ski.
Due to the weight of these skis, you will need slightly stronger arms to carry them and slightly stronger legs to drive them, but with that heaviness comes stability during higher speed turns. Do your pre-season workouts and it'll be worth it.
This is definitely a ski you will find useful to have when it hasn't snowed in a while and the pistes are good and firm, and with the diamond graphics on the top sheet, they really are a girl's best friend.