2023 Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Skis - All Questions

2023 Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Skis
2023 Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Skis
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How does the '23 Santa Ana 88 differ from the '22 version (aside from the top sheet change)?
Question by: PaulM on Jan 31, 2022, 9:33 AM
Hi PaulM!
No change structurally--just a graphics update.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Jan 31, 2022, 2:20 PM
My wife is a solid intermediate to advanced skier. Her joy is to ski on piste. She’s 5’8” and 200+lbs. Current ski skis are Dynastar Glory 84 163. She’s demo’s Santa Anna 88 in a158 and really liked them. She’s looking at the SA88 and SA84 but isn’t sure what length 165 or 172. We ski exclusively in the mid west. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Question by: Tom on Feb 8, 2022, 8:32 AM
Hi Tom!
If you're mostly in the midwest and spend most of your time on groomers, the 84 is going to be a better choice. That said, I'm not going to talk her out of a good time on the 88's! I would say 165 in the 88's makes sense.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 8, 2022, 2:38 PM
How would you compare the Santa Ana 88s vs the Black Pearl 88s? I got a chance to demo the newest black pearls this past weekend and loved them. Didn't get a chance with the Santa Ana's though and I admittedly love the top sheet of the SAs more. I'm 5'2, 135lbs. Intermediate skiier looking to progress to advanced (currently on all blue groomers and starting to explore easier blacks). I haven't been going super fast and generally take my time, but I did enjoy how the black pearls were stable compared to the lighter skis I demo'd. Hoping to explore a bit off piste/powder more next year as that's what my partner enjoys as well. I mostly ski in Tahoe area (Palisades) and Utah (Alta/Snowbird). Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated!

Thanks for all the wonderful reviews, it's been so helpful for me to narrow down what I want for my first pair of skis!
Question by: Chanel Hung on Mar 27, 2022, 5:07 PM
HI Chanel!
The Santa Ana is more business-like than the Pearl in that it's heavier and stiffer. I think for your stats and application, the Pearl is a better fit from a ski perspective. Since it sounds like you enjoy the Pearl already, I wouldn't really advise changing it up all that much!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 10:09 AM

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