I've spent two days on this ski now to give myself plenty of time to see how I liked it, and my verdict is in:
It's a great ski.
Why? It can do it all. It rides the ice like it's on rails. It has a huge shovel so it can go in the chop, the crud, and in several inches of pow without a hitch. It's stable, steady, but with great energy. And it has a huge sidecut, so it turns like nobody's business.
The dimensions: 129-78-99. I have it in the 156. I'm an advanced skier, 110 lbs, 5'1".
The Tierra has Volkl's new Bio-Logic system which they say puts a female skier in a more neutral stance. According to the rep I spoke with a while ago, traditional bindings have the heels jacked up. When you combine that with the higher ramp angle you typically find in a woman’s boots, you end up being tipped too far forward. To combat this, Volkl has raised the toe in the binding. The result is better balance of the hamstring and glutes and more efficient muscle use. They’ve also tapered the tail angle so it releases more readily at the end of a turn. The tip is a bit wider, and they gave the ski a more consistent flex pattern.
To be honest, I'd be hard put to evaluate the difference between the old and new Volkl technology, unless I skied the two back to back. What I will say is that I had no problem with it. I felt comfortable, in balance, and in control.
The ski is fun, fun, fun. What could be better than that?
Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.
Some people think I'm a little too obsessed with skiing. And to them I say -- you might be right. I've been skiing for many, many years -- let's leave it at more than 20 -- mostly in the Green Mountains of Vermont, though I also like to ski out West.
I began this blog in response to two things: 1) my observation that men far outnumber women on the slopes; and 2) the overwhelming male orientation of ski magazines (both in editorial and advertising) and internet ski forums. I think women skiers are often underserved, under-represented, and overlooked. This blog is a way for women skiers to connect with other women skiers, and give voice to their concerns and observations. Be sure to participate! I'd love to hear from you.
When I'm not skiing, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, biking, and hiking. I am also the author of DOUBLE BLACK: A SKI DIVA MYSTERY, published by Minotaur Books, January, 2010. You can find out more about that at wendyclinch.com.