2020 Alpina Control 64E NW Premium

The Alpina Control SE (Steel Edge) is a great choice for recreational and fitness-level skiers looking for a bit more control when the conditions are dicey. This ski had steel edges as well as a skin tech base for grip. As a result, the skis are very confidence-inspiring, giving the skier a ton of grip on the base as well as a more secure edge feel. For both sidehilling as well as descending, having that extra grip on the edge is a huge thing. The skins underfoot give you a ton of grip and versatility. Overall, this is an easy to use ski that has a ton of capabilities. Our testers loved the easygoing nature of the ski and see it as useful in a lot of different applications.

Steph Locke was on the 175 and loved the stability, maneuverability, and versatility of the Control SE. Her low score of 2 out of 5 was given for glide, and when you compare them to higher-end classic skis, that’s just how it’s going to go. She notes that it’s a “very versatile ski both on and off-trail. Can classic and skate with it. The metal edges make it a great ski for someone who is used to the metal edges of a downhill ski who is maybe trying Nordic for the first time. I think it would perform really well on a packed snow or icy conditions. Doesn’t have the best glide though, going on flats or downhill was a bit sticky.” It sounds like despite the glide, the skis performed really well for an all-around Nordic ski.

Also on the 175, Mackenzie Rizio scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for stability. Her lower scores for speed and glide aren’t terribly surprising given the intended use of the ski. They’re not race skis, after all. She calls it a “really good, solid ski for a backyard tour or a light ski in the woods. Heavier in the weight department but that would be helpful for someone who feels that they are not very balanced on their own.” In terms of the overall build of the ski, Mackenzie notes that they have a “cool shape—very nice for what these are good for.”

Another 175 skier, Allison Ruschp loved the stability and maneuverability, as it looks like those categories are having some consistently high scores from our testers. Alli found the skis to have more glide and speed than the other testers, showing that different skiers can certainly have different experiences even on the same ski. She calls it “a great touring ski with edges! Very stable and fun! Easy to turn, edges help grip, and make turning fun! Fun on the groomed trail, but a bit slow. Off-trail, they’re very stable, easy to move in crud and powder. Edges are a huge plus! The skin provides ample grip for steep hills.”

Other than a few knocks on weight and speed, the Alpina Control SE is a very capable and well-rounded ski. We’d expect these skis to hold up for the long run—offering skiers a long lifespan of the ski for endless miles and hours out there both in and out of the track. For skiers looking for a versatile ski to last a long time, this is a fantastic choice.

Testers

Stephanie Locke

Age: 32Height: 5'"Weight: 100 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring and Classic

Mackenzie Rizio

Age: 20Height: 5'3"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Alli Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic and Skate