|Tester’s verdict: Girls free-ride/freestyle skis:|
|Here are my thoughts on the girl-orientated skis I had the pleasure of testing: |
Apo - Le Marielle (116-92-112). Pretty, playful and light, this ski is designed for park, powder and carving on piste. Generally a nice ski, although lacking a bit of stability when pushed to the limit, it’s probably more suited to the intermediate girl freeskier.
Armada -ARVW (109-89-120), a freestyle/backcountry ski that’s lighter than the men’s ARV with a bit more flex. Apart from this, there’s not much the ARV can do that the ARVW can't. Performing well on ice, crud, at high speeds and in the park, this ski is a lot of fun.
Amplid - Infrapearl (118-95-128), an ultra-light women’s all mountain ski, this beautiful creation looks like it would be a dream in powder. Bit of a lack of powder up on the glacier in autumn, but after a couple of slips on the ice, some gliding, wide turns meant the ski gripped nicely to the piste. The Infrapearl performed well on kickers but I'd be cautious about taking them into an icy pipe. A ski for the expert - take them where there’s snow!
White Cristal - Freestyle 165cm (114-80-105), this was the first ski I tested and despite not having seen snow since last Easter, I still enjoyed this ski the most. Turning with ease on the piste, gliding through crud and not faltering for a second on ice, this ski was particularly at home in the park and can pretty much cope with anything you throw at it. This was definately my favoutite ski of the weekend, and isn’t it pretty!