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.