Swiss-made Stockli skis have a reputation for being solid, damp, and unflappable at speed. In the all-mountain category, those are difficult qualities to master, as skis seem to have some, but not all. The Stormrider 88 is a burly ski that is both quick and fun, so they seem to check a lot of boxes in that regard. With a light wood core and a titanal topsheet, these skis are both quick and stable, and the rip rocker gives them a bit more float in the soft snow. The tail is all there, though, so for skiers who are looking for a wider version of a more piste-oriented ski, the Stormrider 88 is a solid choice. For off-trail adventures, the skis prefer to be on the snow making more technical turns, but they do that really, really well. Our testers loved the carving performance of the Stormrider 88, and couldn’t get over how stable they were and the high confidence level that they inspired.
Steve Sulin loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and versatility of the 177, which he found to be the appropriate length. His overall impression of 5 out of 5 is very impressive, as he found it to have a great combination of quickness and stability. Maneuverability scored a 4 out of 5 for Steve, and he loved how “stable the 177 was at speed. Moreover, the Stormrider 88 is stable at all speeds, so that’s a positive, too.” Off-trail, Steve was able to put this thing in the moguls, testing out the 88 mm waist and the cambered tail. He found it “good in bumps and quick edge to edge.”
Rick Randall got on the 186 cm length and found it to be a great length. His top scores were 5’s for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. His low score for playfulness is not surprising, given how stiff the tail is. “Super-smooth and stable at speed. I was skiing much faster than I thought as this ski was just so solid. Definitely more of a GS style turn for advanced skier type of ski.” Rick goes on to accentuate the natural feeling of the ski: “Just eats up the terrain in front of you and makes the run so comfortable.”
The 177 was a good length for Kelby Furrer, who scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for versatility. “They crushed everything and I was laying in some powerful carves. You need to know how to ride them though as they are not for beginners. They’re so much fun. The tip rise lets you run through chop like a boss. Light and playful but still hard and confidence-inspiring.” Even though it wasn’t required by our scoring system, Kelby took it upon himself to call it a 9.5 out of 10.
Also on the 177, Dave Marryat loved the stability, quickness, maneuverability, and torsional stiffness of the Stormrider 88. He calls it “stable and confident on hardpack and crud. Handled side-trail soft snow with ease. The camber profile combined with the metal makes it an east coast killer.” Sounds like David was a fan of the Stormrider 88!
This fantastic ski has an awesome mix of quickness and stability, so for skiers looking to lay down those serious carves but want a more versatile setup, the 88 should be at the top of the list. This is a premium ski that performs as such, and advanced and expert skiers will love the dampness and overall usability of this amazing product.