2023 Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Skis

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Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Ski

The Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's ski is a great example of an all-mountain ski with a top-end feel and performance level. With a waist width of 88-millineters underfoot (hence the name) they have a wonderful blend of power and precision that is pretty hard to match from other ski companies out there today. Built with Nordica's performance wood core and a Terrain-Specific metal laminate to boost the power and dampness, the 88 delivers a smooth ride in any and all conditions and terrain. Additionally, Nordica adds their Carbon Chassis to the mix, further boosting the longitudinal stiffness of the ski, and making it very responsive and precise. This ski has the unique ability to do everything really well, making it extremely versatile and powerful at the same time. A rare combination indeed. In a crowded field of the mid-80's underfoot category, the Santa Ana 88 stands out from the crowd with its fantastic combination of energy and dampness from the build of the ski, with their terrain specific metal doing the talking. Ladies, if you are an advanced or expert skier looking for a great ski that just screams all-mountain and can tackle anything that comes your way, look no further than the Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Ski.


  • Sidecut: 119/88/107 mm at 165 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 15 meters at 165 cm length
  • Performance Wood Core
  • Terrain-Specific Metal
  • Carbon Chassis
  • True Tip Technology
  • Weight: 3430 Grams per Pair
  • Tip and Tail Rocker
  • Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
2023 Nordica Santa Ana 88 Women's Skis
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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