2018 Salomon Astra Women's Skis 2018 Salomon Astra Women's Skis

2018 Salomon Astra Women’s Skis

The Salomon Astra is a women’s specific all mountain ski that leans towards use on groomed slopes with its 78 mm waist width. It has a relatively short, responsive turn radius of 13 m at the 161 cm length allowing for quick turns on groomed slopes. That also happens to be the length that all our testers skied. While there are more dedicated freeride skis, and narrower “racier” skis within Salomon’s line, the Astra offers a nice mix of performance characteristics for resort skiing.

Tami Razinger admitted it “will not be ideal for powder or out of bounds skiing,” but that’s really not the intended use of the Astra. On the other hand, Tami commented that “it is a great all-around ski,” and that it’s “best for women sticking to the resort.” She went on to describe them as “quick and responsive,” and also commented that the Astra is “great for a variety of turn shapes.” While it does have a relatively small turn radius, you can skid and slide turns very easily and the ski doesn’t feel like it’s locked in to only making carving turns. It’s much more forgiving than that. In fact, Tami thought the highlight of the Astra was its quickness and maneuverability, scoring the ski 5 out of 5 in that category.

Katrine Wolfgang “loved it!” Katrine thought it had an awesome mix of forgiveness and stability, something that’s always hard to achieve. Katrine described the Astra as a ski that “likes to turn,” which makes sense considering its relatively short turn radius and ability to make a variety of turn types and shapes. Although Katrine did specifically call it a forgiving ski, she also added that it “held on well when going fast and felt very stable for a skinny ski.” This is a commendable achievement for Salomon. It’s hard to make a ski that can be approachable and user-friendly for less aggressive, intermediate skiers, but can also handle more advanced skiing and provide a stable feel for skiers like Katrine.

Elissa DeGolyer had a similar response to Katrine in the sense that the Astra is both forgiving and stable. Elissa called it a “relaxing ski to play around on.” She continued to describe it as a ski that’s “fun to stand up on, put on edge, and ride turns.” While forgiveness held one of the highest scores Elissa gave the Astra, she also commented that it’s a “fairly stable ski that rides through anything.” That’s really saying a lot for a ski with a 79 mm waist width, and although it’s certainly most appropriate for use on groomed, firm snow, it’s nice to know that it has the ability to ski through chop with relative ease. The combination of forgiveness and stability inspired Elissa to recommend the Astra for “an intermediate skier with an upright ski style.” Skiers who really like to lay their hip against the piste and make super powerful, race-like turns will likely want a ski with a little bit more strength (maybe even something with one of two full metal laminates), but more relaxed skiers will find the Astra is like a dream come true.

Do you consider yourself a less-aggressive skier? Do you like cruising groomers, but don’t like it when you feel bogged down if you happen to venture into soft snow? The Astra provides a relaxed, forgiving feel, but still has solid stability. It would make a great ski for an intermediate skier who’s really trying to progress their skiing, or an advanced skier that’s looking for a fun, less-fatiguing, cruising ski.

Testers

Tami Razinger Ski Tester Profile Photo

Tami Razinger

Age: 23Height: 5'4"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, aggressive, competitive big mountain skier

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot Image

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 28Height: 5'8"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Katrine Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 53Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 168 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

20 Comments on the “2018 Salomon Astra Women’s Skis”

  1. Hi,
    Having always rented, I’m looking to invest in my own set of skis which are going to give me confidence and improve my current intermediate ability (blues, with occasional reds). I currently have Volkl 7.6 from the hire place which were steady on groomed piste but yesterday swapped to Armada Victa 83’s, which were quicker and good in the overnight powder. I like the sound of the Astra but not sure if I’d be better with something that is more of an all rounder. I tend to be moderately aggressive on wide piste blues where I’m confident.
    I’m 5,2” and currently overweight (160lbs) but a usual weight for me would be (135lbs).
    Any advice appreciated!

    1. Hi FRan!
      The Astra may be on the light side for you if you are skiing aggressively. I’d also suggest the Nordica Astral (similar name, I know) 84. It’ll perform better on those blue cruisers, and is a bit more precise than the Armada. It’s also hard to go wrong with the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 for an amazing all-mountain ski. Have fun!
      SE

  2. What ski replaced the 2018 Salomon Astra Women’s Ski? or what is a good equivalent, since it is now completely sold out.
    Thank you,
    BB

    1. Hi BB!
      There’s a 2019 Aira 80 that is comparable to the Astra. Other similar options are the Volkl Flair 78, or a Blizzard Alight 8.0. Most of these ~80 underfoot system skis are very comparable. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hi! I am an advanced intermediate skier that skis mostly resorts but will occasionally ski powder. I am 5’7 and 135lbs. What ski do you recommend for a medium price range?

    1. Hi Rachel!

      The Salomon Astra that we talked about here would be a good choice. It is, however, mostly intended for use on groomed slopes. If you wanted to go a little wider, the (similarly named) Nordica Astral 84 is a good one too. The extra width gives it a little more float in powder and the tip shape helps in soft snow and ungroomed terrain in general.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  4. I am not sure this is the right ski. I am 64, skied a bunch through out my life. East and the west. Moguls, black diamonds…taught skiing. I need new skis. I’m 5’5” and 130. What ski would you recommend. I like moguls, and sure the groomed trails are fun. Want new fun adventurous skis for time on the snow. Ya, bindings too. Thanks

    1. Hi Jess!

      The Astra is a great ski, but it’s more focused on firm snow performance than all mountain versatility. Sounds like you ski a little bit of everything? The Blizzard Black Pearl 88 is a great all mountain ski and is a favorite among skiers looking for a similar mix of performance as you are. The Nordica Santa Ana 93 also comes to mind. Overall, I would look for a ski with a more even mix of performance characteristics than the Astra. As much as I like the Astra, it is a little more focused on carving and firm snow than anything else.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  5. Hi need some advice
    I am 5’8.5″ and 172 lbs. I stay on groomed and after a nasty painful fall I now go slower. I ski intermediate runs and now don’t go super fast. any advice as to length?

    1. Hi Elissa!

      In the Astra I would either go 161 or 168 cm. I’m guessing you’d prefer the 161 cm length. 168 cm is only a few cm shorter than you, and I would worry you’d find that a little tough to maneuver at slow speeds. 161 cm should provide the stability you need considering you’ve slowed down a bit, and will be easier to maneuver and less fatiguing.

      Hope that helps!!

      SE

    1. Hi Justine!

      For an intermediate skier that size, I would recommend the 161 cm length. That should be a relatively forgiving, maneuverable length, while also providing the stability needed for someone who is starting to ski a little faster/more aggressively.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

    1. Hi Drew!

      For a beginner, I would go with the 154 cm. That should be nice and maneuverable, while still being stable enough to give the ski a confidence-inspiring feel.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  6. Thanks for the review! This was so helpful and I’m definitely going to snag a pair of these online today — since you are helping others out with a size recommendation I’d love to hear your thoughts for me. I’m about 5’1” and 95 lbs. I like to ski pretty fast. So I’m in between the 147 and 154.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kylie!

      I think you can go with the 154 cm. That’s about exactly as tall as you. For some it might be a bit much, but considering you like to ski fast I think you’ll appreciate having the extra stability.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

      1. Hi Sara!

        Either 161 or 168 cm would be the way to go. How fast do you tend to ski? If you typically ski at moderate speeds you’ll probably enjoy the 161 cm, but if you consider yourself an aggressive skier and like to ski fast, you could bump up to the 168 cm length.

        Hope that helps!

        SE

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