2020 Nordica Santa Ana 93

Back again for another year of all-mountain shredding, the 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 93 is in a class of its own. Our testers cannot get enough of this lightweight, high-performance ski that seemingly has no limitations. Built with a balsa wood core and two sheets of metal, the Santa Ana 93 is a fantastic combination of stability and quickness, and we hear year after year that fans of the ski are constantly impressed with how strong and precise it can be at the same time. A bit softer and more flexible than the Enforcer 93, the Santa Ana is still a snappy and poppy ski that can tame a ton of terrain. For a one-ski quiver for advanced and expert level ladies, there’s not much reason to look much farther than the Santa Ana 93. Out of the five ladies who tested the ski this year, four of them scored it a 5 for overall impression. That’s pretty telling.

Starting with our lone 4, Shannon Walton skied the 161, which was the right length for her. She did score it a 5 out of 5 for stability, and 4’s for versatility, edge hold, and overall impression, so it’s not like she hated the ski. She calls it “good for a stronger skier. Damp, good through soft snow and crud. Solid feel with a little tip chatter at high speeds on firm snow.” At 93 mm underfoot, we’d be more surprised to hear that the ski didn’t vibrate at speed.

Elissa DeGolyer skied the 169 and has a short evaluation. She scored the ski all 5’s and comments: “I still think this is the perfect women’s ski.” No more information given, but point certainly taken.

Ariel Aidala had more to say about her properly sized 161. “This has been my favorite ski so far. Quick and snappy, but can also do some great big wider turns.” This is a nod to the ski’s 15.5-meter turn radius at the 169 cm length, so Ariel’s radius on her skis was a bit shorter, to boot. “This ski performed really well on quick, hard turns. This ski excels on soft snow just as well with some metal, but it’s not too stiff so it’s forgiving and not too hard to turn.” She concludes her report by stating that “this ski seems extremely versatile and perfect for any advanced woman.” Perhaps a Santa Ana 93 is in Ariel’s future.

Catherine Ferguson liked her 169 and scored 5’s for playfulness, forgiveness, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. Like Ariel, Catherine had some strong analysis of these skis. “These skis ere so fun! Super-playful, even on the icier conditions. They were aggressive to ski on yet still felt like could play around on them. These skis are great for the woods or powder. I am really pleased with these skis and would recommend them to any lady ripper.” And like Ariel again, “I want a pair of my own! Five Stars!”

Although it may look like we’re just hitting copy/paste for a lot of these comments, the skis are just that good. Nifer Hoehn ripped a few runs on the 169, and out come the comments: “I loved this ski. Everything about it. I was able to take tight and big turns easily. Nice balance of dampness and stiffness. Easy to turn, energy out of the turn, but not too much. Loved that these skied on a groomer like they were much narrower underfoot.” In terms of the audience, Nifer “would recommend this highly as a great all-mountain ski that’s a lot of fun and performs well in all scenarios.”

What’s left to say about such a poised ski?


Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 30Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Shannon Walton

Age: 37Height: 5'3"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Carving-oriented with some tricks up her sleeve

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Catherine Ferguson

Age: 26Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride and freestyle oriented with a flair for fun

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

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

3 Comments on the “2020 Nordica Santa Ana 93”

  1. Hi SE! Do you think the Santa Ana 93 would be appropriate for an advancing intermediate? I’ve skied any blue without difficulty for years, but rarely do black diamonds because I haven’t had confidence in my gear (unfamiliar and ill-fitting rentals). I’m hoping to get some gear that will help my confidence and won’t hold me back to get me on harder runs and off groomers more often. I’m 24, 5’6″ 135lbs and have been looking at the 165cm length. I regularly ski with 164 (no issues with length). Not scared of some speed, but want to have a good time and not get myself hurt (ideally!). Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Perri!
      I think it’s on the challenging side, but not impossible. If you’re looking to improve and don’t mind a bit stiffer of a ski, it’s going to reward your efforts. Additionally, you won’t have to upgrade for some time, and the 93 is the most versatile of the group, so you’re getting a high-performance, well-rounded ski. In a similar shape but not quite as demanding, check out the Fischer Ranger 94 FR or the Head Kore 93. Have fun!

  2. Hi I’m 5ft 7 and 145 lb . The nordica Santa Ana
    2022 comes in 2 sizes that I can’t decide between 165 or 172cm. I’m an advanced skier who skis all over the mountain. I’m 53 and not quite as gun ho as I used to be . I currently own the. 2017 Santa Ana 93 in 169cm so am
    Debating whether to go up or
    Down a size . Thanks

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