Nordica skis are recognizable from their logo: a capitalized N with an arrow at the top. With skiing greats like Katia GriffithsKjetil Andre Aamodt, and Silvia Moser as brand ambassadors, Nordica strives to adhere to high standards to keep both athletes and regular skiing enthusiasts safe and happy with their products. It is home to a couple of “firsts” in the ski world including being the first to launch high-speed injection-molded ski boots and to introduce the Astral Slalom boot which is the template for the current racing ski boot.

Nordica skis are used for every type of skiing from alpine and off-piste (backcountry) to cross country and freestyle. The brand has received a lot of praise regarding their products. But what should you look for specifically in a set of high-performance skis? And does Nordica have products that can fit the bill?

Comparison Table of The Skis

How We Reviewed


Whether you're a novice at skiing or a seasoned lover of the sport, it doesn't hurt to be meticulous when choosing your skis. These four metrics show you how we reviewed the Nordica skis on our list and they can definitely come in handy next time you are looking to buy any brand of skis.

Performance in real-world conditions


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The skiing terrain varies with the changes in the winter season. The Nordica skis we reviewed perform well in all conditions (some better than others) allowing you to hit cruise control on the backcountry trails today and still float in the snow the next day. They're also able to give you the speed you expect from their category. Overall they can handle all types of terrain conditions.

Ski length


The Nordica skis on our list have kept to a simple rule when it comes to the ski length. The skis should reach the eye height of the user to provide them with the best ski length/stability correlation. There is also a Nordica ski sizing chart available to help you find the right fit for your needs. A sizing chart is essential when shopping for any skis.

Shape/profile


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This refers to the curve or arch on the underfoot of the ski and is described by the terms camber and rocker. The camber shape means the ski's front and back edges come into contact with the terrain creating an arch between them. With the rocker shape, the center of the ski comes into contact with the terrain giving the skis a banana shape. The camber profile allows for evenly distributed weight pressure along the skis and a great edge hold. The rocker profile provides a generous surface area contact between the ski and the terrain giving users the ability to skim the surface like one is floating. This shape is also known as the reverse camber.

Advanced groomer and powder skiers prefer rocker shaped skis while beginners and intermediates favor their camber-shaped counterparts. However, Nordica skis, like other high performing ski brands, have found the perfect balance by combining the two shapes to create a hybrid of camber and rocker. We reviewed whether the profile used had any effect on the ski.

We also reviewed the sidecut shape which facilitates radial turning in skis. The deeper the sidecut, the easier it is to achieve quick turns. The shallower the sidecut, the wider your turns become.

Stiffness


Stiffness in skis is called flex. Nordica skis have excellently varied levels of stiffness to accommodate all skiers. We reviewed the flex on all the products to see if they have achieved the correct amount for their category: more flex for beginner skis to make them more malleable and easy to maneuver and less flex for advanced skis to increase support and lessen the rattle on the terrain.

Price Range


Nordica skis are high-performance skis endorsed by respected athletes and industry experts in skiing. You can expect to pay between $400 and $900.

Top Five Nordica Skis of 2018

Nordica has three lines of skis to choose from: the Doberman Spitfire, the Enforcer and Santa Ana (a line of skis specifically for women). Here are our top five Nordica skis for four types of skiers.

Beginner skis

These are Nordica skis for novice skiers. They provide balance, stability and ease beginners into the intermediate stage. The best thing with our pick for beginner skis is that you can continue to use them as you advance as a skier.


2019 Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis w/ Tyrolia Attack2 13 Bindings
  • 2019 Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis w/ Tyrolia Attack2
  • Size:172 centimeters
  • Tip-waist-tail size (side cut): 123-84-108
  • Turn radius: 15.5 meters
  • Category: All-mountain

They are the perfect match for an intermediate skier who wants to experience the groomer and powder at a comfortable pace. Their flotation is moderate, and they intuitively navigate and turn quickly enough to be exciting.

The construction, which features lightweight balsa wood at the core, and the above mentioned Torsion Bridge Laminate technology, is excellent for stability and easy maneuverability. Their performance and versatility are largely due to the rocker profile. The flex is a good balance of stiff and soft that allows skiers to execute quick turns and they perform very well on groomers because they are lightweight but stable.

A definite pro for this set of skis is the lightweight construction that allows maneuverability in all terrains and conditions. For such light skis, they have little to no vibrations. However, some say they could do better on powder. You can buy them on eBay, Amazon and designated Nordica skis dealers on the Nordica Website.

Intermediate skis​​​​

These are skis for users who are acquiring more advanced skiing skills.


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Nordica Astral 84 Ski 2017
  • 2018 Nordica Astral 84 Women's Skis
  • Size:172 centimeters
  • Tip-waist-tail size (side cut): 123-84-108
  • Turn radius: 15.5 meters
  • Category: All-mountain

Intermediate level skiers are bound to fall in love with the Nordica Astral 84 skis. Their design, perfected for on-trail skiing, has similarities in the Astral line and Navigator series both from Nordica. These similarities include the blunt nose, user-friendliness, and the Nordica Torsion Bridge Laminate.

They are the perfect match for an intermediate skier who wants to experience the groomer and powder at a comfortable pace. Their flotation is moderate, and they intuitively navigate and turn quickly enough to be exciting.

The construction, which features lightweight balsa wood at the core, and the above mentioned Torsion Bridge Laminate technology, is excellent for stability and easy maneuverability. Their performance and versatility are largely due to the rocker profile. The flex is a good balance of stiff and soft that allows skiers to execute quick turns and they perform very well on groomers because they are lightweight but stable.

A definite pro for this set of skis is the lightweight construction that allows maneuverability in all terrains and conditions. For such light skis, they have little to no vibrations. However, some say they could do better on powder. You can buy them on eBay, Amazon and designated Nordica skis dealers on the Nordica Website.

Advanced skis: Groomer

Groomer is snow terrain manipulated for recreational purposes using a tractor snow-mobile or a piste-caterpillar. Groomer skis are for a seasoned skier who wants to use a well-beaten path. They can be wide or narrow in width.


Nordica 2018 Navigator 80 Skis with Marker 11.0 TC Bindings 179 cm (179 cm)
  • The 2018 Nordica Navigator 80 skis with binding bundle is an ideal choice for intermediate to advanced level skiers looking for a great deal on a very versatile ski. Mostly at home on the groomers, the Navigator 80 is capable of venturing off trail, but truly excels on firmer snow. Skiers will love the precision, carving ability, and feel of the 2018 Nordica Navigator 80.
  • By borrowing technologies from skis in other lines, Nordica has created a franken-ski of sorts with the Navigators. The amazingly popular Enforcer gives the Navigator its early rise blunted tip. This allows for a very precise turn initiation as well as some floatation. The tips stay on top of any soft snow and when you tell the ski to turn, it does so without hesitation. Nordica's race room Dobermann ski series lends their tails to the Navigator, creating a race-ski like feel.
  • These skis carve extraordinarily well for an 80mm underfoot platform. The tail holds the skier in the turn through completion, and has tremendous rebound into the next turn. If you enter a racecourse, you'll be blown away at how well these things hold an edge.
  • The 2018 Nordica Navigator 80 has some new technology as well. A "Hex Bridge" titanium sheet runs the length of the ski in order to give the ski a nice stable feeling. Nordica has taken a full sheet of titanium and cut out hexagonal shapes so as to not overpower the ski's feel with metal, but to give it some much appreciated bulk. As a result, the all-new Nordica Navigator 80 with bindings is an ideal setup for skiers looking for a precise, carving ski that feels like a racecar.
  • Turn Radius: 16.5 m at 179 cm & Sidecut: 119/80/104 mm at 179 cm
  • Size: 193 centimeters
  • Tip-waist-tail size (side cut): 133-100-121
  • Turn radius: 20.5 meters
  • Category: All mountain rocker

The Nordica Enforcer 100s are smooth, powerful and playful skis all at once: the perfect combination for groomer skis. Those who ski aggressively will love them. Featuring the rocker-camber-rocker profile with a slight high-rise on the front end tip, the 100s will ride through crud and still remain stable. This model paved the way for the popular Enforcer 110s that we reviewed in the beginner's skis. They can accommodate every style of skiing from laid back to aggressive with advanced moves.

Like other Nordica Enforcer skis, these work intuitively. They're a classic example of how Nordica has managed to marry flex and side cut to deliver sturdy stability when executing turns. Built for speed, these skis are right at home on groomer with incredible speeds.

The Nordica Enforcer 100s are the benchmark for stability, performance, versatility, edge control, and maneuverability. Although they're wide skis, they tackle the groomer like narrower skis. The adjustable mount makes up for the stiff flex tail. Their flex is still being debated, with some users feeling it's stiff while other say it has just the right amount of softness.

Their pros include incredible edge control which makes them the best groomer skis. They are also very versatile. You can use these skis on myriad terrains with the same exceptional experience. The width allows you to handle powder with ease should you decide to venture there. You can buy them on evo.com or on one of the designated Nordica dealers on Nordica's website.


Nordica Enforcer 93 Skis
  • Hammer Head Nose
  • Energy 2 Titanium Construction
  • Recommended Bindings: Tyrolia Attack 13, Salomon STH WTR 13, Look SPX 12, Marker Griffon
  • Recommended Brake Size: 95-110mm
  • Size: 177 centimeters
  • Tip-waist-tail size (sidecut) : 126-93-114 millimeter
  • Turn radius: 16.5 meters
  • Category: All-mountain

These skis are the slimmest in the Enforcer series, but that doesn't affect their incredible performance on groomer. The Nordica Enforcer 93s feature the rocker-camber-rocker profile which gives them sufficient flotation through choppy snow. The core is constructed from beech, balsa, and poplar wood and is packed between two sheets of titanal metal. It provides the necessary weight and stability needed to balance the narrowness of these skis. The metal provides the energy and momentum to give them sufficient flotation.

Their waist width of 93 millimeters is enough to offer stability, and their flex is quite rigid. This facilitates maneuverability and quick turns on groomer. Unlike other Enforcers that feature a blunt nose design on the tip, these have a hammerhead design. This design lets you stay stable on top of the snow no matter what the terrain.

The biggest advantage the Nordica Enforcer 93s have over other Enforcers is their width. Being slimmer, they perform extremely well as groomer skis. They also pick up speed with more ease than the wider skis and have excellent edge grip. The result is a smoother ride. The drawback is that they flounder a bit in powder and there is some chatter in the tips. You can buy them from a designated dealer on Nordica's website or on Amazon, eBay.

Advanced skis: Powder

These are the Nordica skis that perform in deep and shallow melting snow. Powder skiing is three dimensional and needs skis that can remain stable as the skier dips the tips in and out of the snow.


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2019 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Women's Skis
  • 2019 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Women's Skis
  • Size: 177 centimeters
  • Tip-waist-tail size (side cut) : 140-110-129
  • Turn radius: 16.5 meters
  • Category: Free-ride

These skis from the women's range of Nordica skis are fast and perfect for aggressive skiing. They feature 2 titanal sheets that sandwich a core of carbon and balsa. This construction allows the Amazon to move at intense speeds over steep terrains and deep trails.

They are the widest skis in all Santa Ana skis with the waist width of 100 millimeters, giving them excellent stability. They feature the rocker shape where the tip and tail are high rise to facilitate their excellent flotation performance on powder.

Their tail has little flex which is ideal for powder skis. The stoutness of the flex decreases the rattle as you go downhill and supports the skier's weight. Compared to others skis in the same category these are heavy skis, but this is to their advantage. With very little camber underfoot the added weight keeps them stable, especially on difficult terrain.

Among the advantages of the Santa Ana 110 skis is the rigidity in the flex which enables them to perform extremely well on powder. The flex is even more rigid than that for some powder skis for men. They also balance the skier's weight very well. On the flip side, the actual weight of the skis is their biggest con. Santa Ana 110s are heavy to lug around. You can buy from Amazon, eBay or the dealers on the Nordica website.

Which Skis Will You Bring on Your Next Vacation?

Having saved up and looked forward to a run in the snow all year round, it's only fair that you bring the best Nordica skis with you for your ski vacation. If you are a beginner or intermediate, we highly recommend the Nordica Enforcer 110s.

They're stable enough for novices but can bring the playfulness an intermediate skier wants to experience. For advanced skiers, the Nordica Enforcer 100s are the best option, only because they can hold their own in both groomer and powder terrain. The Enforcer 93s are wonderful on groomer, and the Santa Ana 110s extraordinary on powder, but the Enforcer 100s combine the best of both worlds. Their width and underfoot allow them to slice through powder, smash through crud and still accommodate the groomer terrain.

Nordica skis continue to excel. Consumers have come to expect this considering the thorough detail and technology that goes into every one of them.

Do you have a favorite pair of Nordica skis? Tell us about them in the comments!

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