Nordica Olympia Conquer XBi (2009)
When multiple test cards come back with "butter" as the operative metaphor, you know you've got a smooth ride. The Conquer's back this year with a new construction and upgraded binding, improving rebound and edge control. The result is one of the most versatile powder skis out there: It'll float through the fluff and then crank clean, tight turns on cord, past other wide rides skidding back to the lift. Thackeray said, "I'd love this for an all-around ski."
Deep Wasatch days: Its waist is narrow.
|Rating: Powder Performance||2.45 / 5|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.76 / 5|
|Rating: Long Turns||3.68 / 5|
|Rating: Medium Turns||3.68 / 5|
|Rating: Short Turns||3.68 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.31 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.66 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.78 / 5|
|Rating: Corduroy Performance||3.85 / 5|
|Rating: Moguls Performance||3.40 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.41 / 5|
|Rating: Quickness/Bumps||3.31 / 5|