A couple ski areas have opened early in these parts and I had the chance to go to one this past Saturday. I hesitate to do a full review yet as it was my first day out this season, conditions were not ideal, and I am lacking my ski legs yet.
Snow conditions: A mix of things from loose packed, to soft groomed, to slush, to probably the hardest pack snow I'll see all year.
Skis: 2012/2013 Nordica Hell and Back 185cm mounted with Look Px12 bindings.
Seem pretty light for their dimensions. Nimble and very quick. Can make short & medium radius turns with ease, long radius were more effort, but that could be my summer chicken legs.
Ate up the mostly soft conditions, it was +5 degrees Celsius at the bottom, maybe 0 up top.
After the entrance to the only run open at the top got skied off, things were hard packed, and the skis didn't like that snow nearly as much. Chatter city and was very glad to get into something softer a little ways down. There again, could be my legs/technique on day 1.
They handle speed quite well too, little to no tip flap, and the edges held on like a much narrower ski.
I am pleasantly surprised and can't wait to get them into something deeper.