2011 Stockli Stormrider XXL Ski
|Lengths||162, 170, 178, 186|
|Turn Radius||17m @ 170cm.|
|Recommended Use||All mountain|
Stockli XXL: unchanged for 2011, 80mm underfoot, around a 17m radius, dual titanium with a wood and fiberglass core.
These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud. Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.
5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1.
First time on this ski; 1st and 2nd runs were in choppy, soft crud, trees, and small bumps, with a couple of chutes thrown in there as well. Impressive ski! It had a nearly identical feel to the VXL, and could be characterized as a ski similar to the old Monster im82 from Head. It feels a touch lighter on the snow, a touch more lively, but has that overall feel to it. The XXL inspires confidence; it is narrow enough to turn quickly in any situation, has a large sweet spot, a forgiving tip, but excellent stability. Like most Stockli skis, it hugs the snow, is damp, and forgiving. In choppy crud, it barely noticed the lumpy snow, and would glide right through with minimal effort. I skied this down Sympathy Face at Alpine (off the shorter lift), which is steep for a few turns, and it was extremely nimble in the tighter spots up there, yet really allowed me to open it up once down lower. Over in the 3 Sisters area, it was great up top into the initial tight few turns, as the ski was very nimble, and I could really flow with the widely spaced bumps down low. This is one of the smoothest skis I tested, and one of the more stable, although I wouldn't quite as comfortable at the very highest speeds as a few others tested here. Mostly, in the type of terrain we were skiing at Alpine (steep turns, small bumps, little opportunity to really open up the throttle except when hiking the ridge), it was just about perfect. On the groomer run, it held like glue, and felt like a little brother to the bigger VXL. Being a little softer, I was getting more pop out of the tail. Truly, this is a world-class all-mountain ski. It was perfect for this particular day: around 6 inches of new, over fairly firm, yet not frozen, snow, and it reminded me why a good 80mm ski is extremely versatile when there isn't a whole lot of snow to have to float through.
Pros: huge sweet spot, predictable, will handle any terrain, more than enough stability, damp and refined
Cons: a bit expensive, not a thrilling carver.