The Stöckli Stormrider 95 is so instinctively powerful, once set in motion it radiates control, pulling the skier into its orbit. “Go faster,” it whispers. “Don’t worry about a thing. I’ve got this.” The Stormrider 95 is so masterful in all conditions, it feels as if it almost doesn’t need a pilot. You’re just there to point it downhill and let the Stormrider 95 attune itself to the rhythm of the slope. Last year the Stormrider 95 underwent a weight-loss program that included tapering the thickness of the two Titanal laminates that contribute to its eerie calm at speed. Because the latest Stormrider is lighter and more flexible, it feels quicker edge to edge than seems possible with a 95mm waist. The improved agility hasn’t affected the Stormrider 95’s principal virtue: it has the stability on edge of a tank, able to blast through a bunker of 3-day old crud like it was made of meringue. The Stormrider 95 is so much fun to ski that testers often re-ski it year after year, even in years when it hasn’t been tweaked. Notes one perennial re-appraiser, “This ski has been the best in the past and nothing has changed. Improved swing weight in tip was done just right. I feel this is for the good skier that wants to look like a great skier. The best 95mm there is, along with the Kästle FX95 HP.” If you’re contemplating using the Stormrider 95 as your powder ski, be forewarned that it’s going to become your everyday ski. It’s as unflappable on hardpack as it is snaky and secure in powder, trees and couloirs. “Incredibly smooth scrub-to-carve transition is so natural, it’s as if the ski knows what to do!” exclaims Angell from California Ski Company. “Very stable and smooth on edge at all speeds. An easy ski, as long as you’re in control,” he concludes.
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