December 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Skiers' Corner

“The Armada JJ Test: December 5, 2013 at Ski Santa Fe”

By Liz Simon

Trips & Quips

Liz Simon is a photographer, writer and cyclist who likes to combine the three in her quest to discover the nooks and crannies of New Mexico. Sometimes, means of transportation other than bicycle are employed---including the Rail Runner and motorcycle.

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I just tested this ski in a 165cm in some really deep and at times blown and even choppy snow. They seemed so wide at first and the amount of rocker, front and back, equals 50%. And, the amount of "rocker rise" compared to other "all mountain" skis is also huge. However these are the features which combine to make this ski an amazing experience. I had expected a sluggish ski that would be "happiest" going straight. Nothing could be further from the truth. My 165 ski had a turning radius of under 13 meters, as I recall. So even out on the groomed, they were still responsive. Would I call them an all-mountain ski? No, because skis like the Salomon Quest 90, for example, really excel on the groomed by comparison and are still good in the pow. Nevertheless, for "deep days" up there, THIS is the ski I'd want to be on....they just motor on through everything, and their reputation for incredible "float", is well earned. The graphics are a little too funky for my taste. The ski is marketed for the kiddos pretty much, hence the bizarre artwork. But don't turn down a chance to try this ski just because of the way it looks. You really can't judge a book by its cover.

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