Finding a ski that's both light and maneuverable off-piste, but incredibly damp on the hardpack is a tough bill to fillâ??add a Women's specific flex and core to the equation, and, well, you might be on something of a unicorn hunt. But don't put that saddle away just yet, because the Nordica Women's Santa Ana Ski has achieved the seemingly impossible by offering a lightweight feel that's a blast off-piste, holds a solid edge on the hardpack, and will remain surprisingly damp when you're busting through crud and chunder once the resort is tracked out. The Santa Ana shares the same width as the more bro-centric Enforcer with a 100mm waist that will float morning pow and devour whatever conditions remain after 10 a.m.. Being more all-mountain focused than the Nordica La Nina, the Santa Ana sports a profile that puts more camber underfoot for a more solid feel in variable conditions, but still has enough rocker in the tip and tail to pivot and smear turns when conditions are deep. You might be wondering how the Santa Ana is both light and damp, so let's dissect this unicorn to see how the magic happens. Traditionally, a ski would have some kind metal laminate in it in order to make it damp, but that would weigh the ski down, so Nordica used a Micro-lam balsa wood core, which is a wood that has a natural honeycomb structure, allowing the ski to absorb energy and vibrations in a way similar to metal laminate, while maintaining a lightweight and female-friendly flexâ??all this really means is the Santa Ana is light enough to be playful in powder, but damp enough to lay down some big, fast turns without feeling like you're on a pair of banana peels.