The Wild Belle is a thoroughbred, to be sure. It requires some expert handling, but it rewards with such flowing power that you can almost feel its muscles rippling underneath you. No. 1 in Hard-Snow Grip and Stability, it begs you to lay your hip down, but its "beefy but subtle" combination means it won't buck you if you get off center, either. Still, it's driven, confident, and utterly focused, which means it's not for the casual skier. Ride it hard and let its mane fly. Notes: Nordica's Hell & Back collection is a group of skis designed for modern all-mountain skiers whose daily adventures may include carving groomers and skiing glades inbounds and a few back- or sidecountry skin laps. Except for the Avenger and First Belle, these skis all feature light and stiff "i-core" wood cores and one of two Nordica rocker/camber, or "camrock," blends: either "early rise" or "high rise." The former blend is for general conditions while the latter is primarily for powder. Like Nordica's unisex Burner, the women-specific Wild Belle is more groomer-oriented than it's wider siblings. It uses the "early rise" camber/rocker blend.