2019 Nordica Santa Ana 100 Women's Skis 2019 Nordica Santa Ana 100 Women's Skis 2

2019 Nordica Santa Ana 100 Women’s Skis

The Nordica Santa Ana 100 is a women’s all mountain ski that shares the same shape with the popular Enforcer 100. The Santa Ana, however, integrates balsa into the core of the ski to reduce overall weight and to give the ski a slightly softer overall flex. The Santa Ana 100 is already making a name for itself as one of the highest performing, most versatile women’s all mountain skis on the market. A wood core, two sheets of metal, carbon fiber, a 100 mm waist width, and camber underfoot with tip and tail rocker all work together to deliver awesome performance around the entire mountain.

Ali Berlin “loves” the Santa Ana 100. We’re going to give you her entire feedback, because it’s really good and says a lot about the performance of the Santa Ana 100. “Tried both lengths (161 and 169 cm) and felt comfortable with either. They plow through the mushy snow like a freight train and hold an edge through the entire turn. Easy edge to edge transitions at high speeds. Also able to dial it back for a slower short radius turn. These will be the next addition to my skiing arsenal!” Great feedback from Ali there, and we’re psyched that she liked the Santa Ana 100 so much she’s planning on picking up a pair for herself!

Elissa DeGolyer clearly loves the Santa Ana 100. She tested the 169 cm length and almost gave it perfect scores across the board, and referred to it as “still the perfect women’s ski!” It’s not going to be perfect for everyone, of course, but we think a lot of skiers will really, really enjoy the performance of the Santa Ana 100. Elissa also put a note on her test form that she loves that it can both “butter or carve,” which is a great way to think about the ski’s performance in general. The shape allows for a lot of different turn styles.

Ariel Aidala skied the 161 cm and “really enjoyed” the Santa Ana 100. She actually did give it perfect scores, a rarity in our ski test. According to Ariel, “I could totally imagine myself making this my everyday ski. It crushed the chop and made it feel flawless. The playfulness was great, but I could still get a decent edge.” We keep coming back to that combination of performance characteristics with the Santa Ana 100. It has an impressive feel that can be both strong and powerful or fun and playful all in the same ski.

Chloe Wexler called it “very fun!” She also noted that it “carves really well for a wide ski,” which it most certainly does. Chloe was testing the 161 cm length, which is actually on the shorter end of the length spectrum, but she still found it to be “super stable.” She described the performance of the Santa Ana 100 as being capable of “big fast groomer GS turns, but they can also make some quick fun turns.”

Kristi Brown had a profound statement about the Santa Ana 100 and where it fits into the options for women’s all mountain skis. “Such a toss up between the Santa Ana 100, Sheeva 10, and Secret – they all rock and are duking it out for first spot in your ski quiver.” That’s high praise from Kristi! Of course, ski performance is subjective, and not everyone will narrow it down to those three skis, but if you’re like Kristi you definitely might.

The Santa Ana 100 will definitely continue to be popular among women who want a fun all mountain ski that can essentially do anything. It performs well on groomers, is wide enough for soft snow, is maneuverable yet powerful, and is just a whole lot of fun to ski no matter where you are or what you’re skiing.

Testers

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 29Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Ali Berlin Ski Tester Headshot

Ali Berlin

Age: 41Height: 5'"Weight: 105 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast frontside, free spirit

Ariel Aidala

Age: 26Height: 5'3"Weight: 125 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Chloe Wexler SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Chloe Wexler

Age: 27Height: 5'5"Weight: 120 lbs.

Ski Style: Ripping mogul skier, very precise, hard to keep up with

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

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  1. I am a bit unsure what length to go on the SA100. I am 5’10”, 190lbs, currently on the wild belles in a 169(first skis I have owned). I am probably between intermediate and advanced skier, I enjoy ripping down black groomers but I am starting to venture into the bumps and off piste a lot more. Closer to an intermediate in the bumps, far from advanced. Tossed up between the 169 and 177, I dont mind a little sacrifice on speed of the shorter ski makes more sense for bumps trees ect.
    Any advice would be great. Love your reviews.
    DW

    1. Hi D!
      Thanks for the kudos! I’d stick with the 169 if you were comfortable on your other skis. Obviously if you felt like you were leaving some performance on the table, then go ahead and size up, I think your height/weight can justify the 177, but certainly go with your comfort and ability level first. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. I had a question on length between a 161 vs. 169. I’m 5’6” and 150lbs. I’m coming up on my second season after getting back into skiing, so moving from beginner into more immediate. I’m trying to find a balance between getting a ski now that will help me progress, but then won’t hold me back in a couple of years as I continue to progress. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
    TB

    1. Hi TB!
      I think you’ll have more success with the 161. They’re pretty stable skis, so I wouldn’t expect you to outgrown them any time soon. Have fun!
      SE

  3. I am 5’3″ and 135 pounds. Advanced skier with 45+ years on the slopes. Do I go with the 161 or the 169? Oregon Cascades. Mostly frontside groomers as well as a little powder and of course…crud.

    1. Hi Kaisa!
      I think the 161 will be stable enough on the groomers, as well as being more maneuverable and playful in the off-piste situations. Great skis!
      SE

  4. I am 5’6″ and 150 lbs. I have the 2016 Santa Ana’s in the 169 and love them, but cracked an edge :(. I love the ski and so I am replacing it with the same ski. My question is with the addition of the metal sheets, should I go with the 169 or back down to the 161?

    1. Hi Tanya!
      I hope we didn’t mis-inform in any way, but the Santa Ana 100 is unchanged from 2016 except for graphics. If you were happy with the 169, I see no reason to change!
      SE

  5. My wife has been skiing 157’s for many years. She is 5’8” around 150 lbs. She is looking to buy new skis. She’s trying to decide between 161 and 169s. She is an intermediate skier that likes to ski powder chutes with our older kids and groomers with our younger kids. Suggestions??

    1. Hi Rus!
      Her size and experience point to the 169, and the best performance will be found at this length. Overall I think this is the way to go with the only caveat being that they might be a bit of a handful in tight and firm moguls and trees. But that’s about it. Hope that helps!
      SE