I hope you are recovering well! And I actually gained a lot more courage in tree runs while on the Moment Sierra skis. Tree runs used to be my favorite thing to do on my old skis, then after switching to the Salomon Stella’s that were too large for me, I struggled in steep tree runs and stopped doing them as often. With the Sierras, I feel very nimble and was going for steep tree runs even without knowing where they led. I remember looking up the turn radius and being surprised by how long they technically are after skiing the Sierras, because they didn’t feel long to me. I’m not sure how they would feel if you were used to skis with a much shorter turn radius, but these skis definitely do well all over the mountain and are very nimble beneath my feet, much more so for me personally than the Black Crow Camox, and the BP 97s even though both were shorter in length.thanks for the review! I was looking at them before tearing my ACL in Jan...
Can you speak to how they do in tight trees? Wondering about the turning radius seeming fairly long.
Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed the review! What model of Dynastars do you ride? I’ve only heard great things about Dynastars from talk around various ski shops, but haven’t seen many in sizes that I could ride.What a brilliant review! Reminds me of the day I demo'd my Dynastars a couple of years ago (and then bought that model.) They are absolutely wings on my feet, and I LOVE the analogy of them feeling alive! I so get that!
MAJOR. SKI. ENVY.My Specs:
Weight: 110 -115
Skier Level: Advanced
Conditions Skied: 8 days in Taos NM, late February to early March 2023, variable conditions: soft snow, hard pack, crud, windswept, one weird run where the snow felt like heavy sandbags piled up, ice, and powder. Lots of moguls, tree runs, powder flats, and open steeps.
Manufacturer: Moment Ski Company
Handmade in the USA
Model: Sierra 2022/2023
Category & Dimensions: All-Mountain
Ski Feel: Balanced
Ski Shape: Triple Camber with Twin Rocker
Construction: Poplar and Pine Wood Core
Carbon Fiber Hybrid Construction (Custom mix of carbon & triaxial fiberglass)
Rubberized VDS for damping and improved stability.
Weight: 3.04 kg (pair without bindings)
Waist Width: 95mm (Variable based on ski length)
URL:The Sierra has been the workhorse of our women’s line for quite a while now. Over the years its had its fair share of tweaks, adjustments and revamps and if all of your feedback is any indication we’d say things are pretty dialed in. While that never means we’re ready to leave well enough alone...www.momentskis.com
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These skis feel alive.
I purchased these skis sight unseen, untried, after having demoed several other skis at Steamboat this year. I tried the Black Pearl 97s, the Salomon Lumen 98s, the Black Crows Birdie Camox 97s, all within a few days. I was looking to replace a pair of Salomon Stella 106s that I had unwisely purchased several sizes taller than the recommended for my height and weight because they were the last size left on sale, and being reassured that as an advanced skier, I would enjoy the longer length. Instead, by tiny 5'3 sub 110 pound-ass found them unwieldy, heavy, and difficult to ski, tiring me after only a few black runs and making me think I had poor technique and had really lost my touch. I had spent my entire middle school to young adult years on an old pair of nimble and narrow Salomon rental skis my dad had purchased for me, and which had felt like a part of me after so many years, until the edges were completely worn away and the bottoms battered and worn. I thought it was just me, after several years spent not being able to ski during an extended Masters and PhD program in college, but when I took an advanced ski class at Steamboat, several instructors immediately identified the overly long length of my skis to be an issue.
So I began searching for new skis, angry and frustrated with myself for purchasing my first new pair of skis in decades and messing it up so badly. The moment I began trying skis that were the proper height for my size and weight, I felt immediately comfortable, happy, no longer exhausted. But though I liked each for different reasons, none of them felt quite right. There was always something in the feel, the ride, in the experience of how the ski felt underfoot, that was lacking in each.
The Salomon Lumen's were too surfy for my taste. Of all three, they were my least favorite for how I liked the ski, sliding and gliding around just a bit too much without a solid feel of the snow beneath, and without the bite and grip that I craved. When I started to push them and go faster, I felt them vibrating more than I liked, and I trusted them less than the others, turning them in quickly and moving on. The Black Pearls I lingered on. The first carve that I made on them felt almost like returning home, but with a stronger, more resilient, damper, and heavier ski underfoot than even my Salomon Stella's were, yet in a narrower and, more importantly, properly sized package. When I skied them on a powder day, it felt almost great. They floated better than I expected them to. They charged through crud. I could push them as hard and fast as I wanted and go fast. But when I tried to ski switch, the backs were uncooperative, not designed for such maneuvers, and when I went over even small jumps, the impact at the landing felt like a harsh clattering that hurt, with the ski seeming to enjoy carving but not liking going airborne and punishing me on the landings. When I rode chairlifts, it felt like they were weights tied to my ankles, dragging me down. I was willing to carry heavy skis, but the way that they hurt when I jumped on them and the overall ponderous, dead feeling of them on my feet gave me pause. So I tried the Black Crows Camox. These were mounted more progressively than any ski I'd ever skied. I liked it. It was fun, interesting, a cool place to be on a ski. The tails behind me allowed me to make jumps far better, and they didn't hurt. But something was off sometimes when I carved the skis, likely because I wasn't experienced with skiing so progressively, but the tails kept getting in my way that first day at times, with how long they were. Sometimes they caught in the variable snow conditions when I didn't want them to, and the ski had less grip and was less stable when I skied fast than I wanted. They were also still heavy, heavier than I felt they needed to be for a simple wooden ski.
After all days of demoing and compiling my favorites, I almost walked away with the Black Pearls. But before I did, I decided that this time, I would truly do my research as much as I could. I couldn't afford to make the same mistake twice and purchase a pair of skis I didn't absolutely love. I wanted to find my wings again. A pair of wings I could fly anywhere on the mountain with.
I fell down a rabbit hole of research on all these companies, and I found out, to my sorrow, that almost all of the ski companies of my youth that I was still seeing on the slopes, and which I had been demoing, had been purchased by large companies and were often not manufactured where they had once been. The Black Crows were an independent company in France still, but many others had been purchased and devoured by growing monopolies. This didn't make them bad companies, of course. But I had imagined that Salomon and all the other brands were still small brands operating independently and making all of their own skis in the factories, and this was sadly often not the case.
I'm sure many skiers here, reading this review, have long ago fallen down the very same sort of rabbit hole. I ended up researching independent brands, as well as brands that were local to me, still made in the United States out of as many local materials as possible. I looked into each, and out of all of them, Moment caught my eye, and held it.
I wouldn't have a chance to demo any of their skis. I live far away from Reno, Nevada, and I knew that if I was going to make a purchase that I could ski this year from them, I'd have to take the leap, use what I had learned from my past in skiing and the skis I had demoed, and try to figure out which ski in their catalogue would fit me best as a skier.
Luckily, their catalogue isn't big. And as a petite woman skier, I only had 3 choices: the Sierra, the Bella, and the Hot Mess.
When I read the details of each, I found that the Sierra was the parts of each of the skis I had demoed that I was searching for, and other things too. As the woman's "version" of the Deathwish, the Sierra's triple camber intrigued me. I tried to imagine how that would feel underfoot, knowing there was no ski I could try that would approximate it, and no way to know if I would like it until I tried it myself. The slightly narrower waist at my height with 95 waist was also attractive to me, as I knew I would be skiing often at Taos, the closest mountain to me and my new home mountain, which can get quite a lot of powder on good days and be lean and crusty on others, with lots of tree runs, chutes, and moguls. I wanted a ski which could turn and dart, which carved well, which could fly hard and fast when I wanted them to. I wanted a ski which could nudge me into the right positions when I made mistakes, and not punish my ass when I did something ungraceful and sketchy. I wanted a ski I could dare things on, and have adventures on, be playful and fast in equal measures.
There weren't a lot of outside reviews or things written on the Sierra, being a women's ski and therefore considered more niche than the men's lines, which get far more press. But I perused what was there, read the reviews on the website, and thought for a while. I took a chance, despite having burned myself before, but this time with quite a bit more thought and research put into the purchase.
I'm sure you can guess, if you are still here, putting as much time into reading this review as I spent in writing it, that I have absolutely no regrets.
The very first time I stepped into this ski, I was afraid. Not of skiing, not of the slope itself, or of falling, or looking like an idiot, but excited and nervous in equal measures that I made the wrong decision again, despite my best efforts. Even if the ski was better than the Stella, if it wasn't as good as my next favorite option, the Black Pearls I had demoed, I would have played myself again, talking myself out of the solid option right in front of me instead of picking what looked to most people like a wildcard from a small ski company only some of the most passionate skiers had heard of.
I stepped into my Look Pivot 15 bindings--mounted to skis that, despite these hunks of solid metal bindings, were almost shockingly light to me after the skis I had demoed--and too my first sliding steps. Then my first run down the mountain. A few experimental carves, gentle at first, then leaning into them, turning the blades of the skis down into the hard pack snow beneath them. Pushing the skis harder and harder. Turning sharper and sharper, then big and long. The skis danced beneath me. They bounded. They reacted to my weight and movement in a way I've never felt skis move. The first words that came into my mind, and I think I even whispered them as I flew down the slope that second time were, "These skis feel alive!"
Its still the best way I can describe them, for anyone who has yet to ride them. I'm sure those who have ridden the big brother Deathwish skis know the feeling, though from the reviews, I'm wonder if this is truly a trait isolated to Moment skis with this construction, or if it is an aspect of many Moment skis. The skis moved and responded to me. I haven't felt anything like that since riding horses competitively in high school and college. Not since my beloved horse passed have I ridden anything that felt alive again. There is something in the wood within these skis, in the shaping of them and the way they are built.
It took a while to get used to them, of course. But even as I was learning how to properly ski the progressive mounting, with tails longer than even the Black Crows Camox, and how they liked to be turned, how to respond to the spring in them which helped me out of turns, so different than the dead and quiet or skittering, surfy feeling of all the other skis I had tried, I was loving every moment. The skis bite hard and hold the side of the mountain despite their light weight--they love to jump, they love to go airborne, and when you touch down, it is a soft and smooth landing, a joyous impact. These skis charge well through crud, poor snow, windblown conditions.
The very first days I skied them in Taos, there was such an intense windstorm that all the chairlifts were shut down and the mountain was cleared. The snow, when the mountain was open, was harsh and windswept, crunchy and bare underfoot. I did a black mogul run off-piste and there were many rocks and exposed trees I had to navigate. I even skied over one hidden rock on accident and barely damaged the ski bottoms except for a slight scratch. The Sierras helped me charge through the freezing gales and turn sharply down the mountain to avoid obstacles on the snow.
But the truer joy of these skis, as in all Moment skis, I suspect, came on a Taos powder day.
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The soft, fluffy Rocky Mountain snow fell all night and all day, and the mountain was almost empty in spite of in, mid-week as it was. I played all day in joy and wonder, feeling my new skis glide effortlessly through the soft snow, allowing me to glide and turn through the drifts, soft moguls, and fields of soft white all day, forgetting the burning in my legs as the day came to a close. I didn't want to leave. The memories of that day, of the feeling of skiing through that soft snow in a mountain with only a few other skiers here and there, will always live on in my memories. I met up with my husband after his second ski lesson ever at the end of the day, and he also had the best ski day he'd ever had. We shared the joy of the powder day together just before the lifts closed, doing several laps through the green chair, where I dove and darted through the trees beside him and raced through the powder about us.
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These skis gave me most magical experiences I've had on skis since losing the beloved old Salomon's I had as a child. I can't wait to take these to even more mountains, to travel the world with my husband as he learns to ski, and to one day race down the mountain beside him on these, side by side, until the blades on these wear away to nothing like my Salomon's did. I am a loyal customer of Moment skis for as long as they make incredible, living, breathing, dancing skis like these, and I hope to grow old with a pair of these skis on my feet.
I truly hope that you do! I know it is different for everyone, and I'm so glad that there are so many more skis out there in sizes that more and more women can enjoy, even when they are very small like me.MAJOR. SKI. ENVY.
Such a beautiful sentiment - I may be envious, but I am so glad you found yours!
I want to find that ski that feels alive to me too.
thank you!!I hope you are recovering well! And I actually gained a lot more courage in tree runs while on the Moment Sierra skis. Tree runs used to be my favorite thing to do on my old skis, then after switching to the Salomon Stella’s that were too large for me, I struggled in steep tree runs and stopped doing them as often. With the Sierras, I feel very nimble and was going for steep tree runs even without knowing where they led. I remember looking up the turn radius and being surprised by how long they technically are after skiing the Sierras, because they didn’t feel long to me. I’m not sure how they would feel if you were used to skis with a much shorter turn radius, but these skis definitely do well all over the mountain and are very nimble beneath my feet, much more so for me personally than the Black Crow Camox, and the BP 97s even though both were shorter in length.
I can attest to everything said about the Sierras in this response (also the original post!) after skiing them over 10 days now. I love them so much in every condition and all terrain I’ve experienced with them (and there’s been a lot), I might just have a 1 ski quiver.I hope you are recovering well! And I actually gained a lot more courage in tree runs while on the Moment Sierra skis. Tree runs used to be my favorite thing to do on my old skis, then after switching to the Salomon Stella’s that were too large for me, I struggled in steep tree runs and stopped doing them as often. With the Sierras, I feel very nimble and was going for steep tree runs even without knowing where they led. I remember looking up the turn radius and being surprised by how long they technically are after skiing the Sierras, because they didn’t feel long to me. I’m not sure how they would feel if you were used to skis with a much shorter turn radius, but these skis definitely do well all over the mountain and are very nimble beneath my feet, much more so for me personally than the Black Crow Camox, and the BP 97s even though both were shorter in length.
Great suggestion, I also contacted them quite a bit before purchasing, and they are a very nice team of people. You can really tell how small and personal of a business they are just by interacting with them: they take every customer and question seriously. That’s so cool that they even have knowledge of ski boots that they can speak to, I didn’t even think to ask about that!I can attest to everything said about the Sierras in this response (also the original post!) after skiing them over 10 days now. I love them so much in every condition and all terrain I’ve experienced with them (and there’s been a lot), I might just have a 1 ski quiver.
if anyone has questions about their skis or bindings and want to speak directly with the folks who know them best, aka the Moment team, don’t hesitate to give them a call or send an email! I have done both and found that they’re super nice and will answer any and all questions you have. I’ve exchanged pretty long emails with them and spent over 30min on the phone getting answers. They’re also very knowledgeable about different skis, bindings, and even boots, so if it’s a comparison you want, they can probably give some good insight.
I'm so sorry about that! Have you contacted the factory? I'm sure that they would be able to address the issue. And yes, my skis came very well tuned, I brought them to Bootdoctors in Taos to get them mounted, rewaxed, and for them to check whether the tune needed anything before I rode them. Everything looked good and rode very well. It always sucks when something like that is off because it can really ruin your experience, so I'm very sorry about that.Well I'm glad you all like your Moments! Hopefully they came with that beautiful "ski right out of the wrapper factory tune" I was anticipating .... I mounted my Bella's last trip and they rode like $hit. Horrible tune. Getting base grind now. Very disappointed considering their normal attention to detail and great customer service.....
It's a front side carver!! I demo'd it a few years ago, but fell for the Hero.That's a really good review, love how she describes it. Beautiful ski as well, I love the deep blue of the topsheet! Its my first time hearing of the Dynastar Intense 10s, glad to hear of another great women's ski.
First time posting here. I saw all of the love for the Moment Sierras and, well, that got me off the proverbial couch and into posting-land.
I purchased a pair of Moment Sierras last year (21/22), in the 172, and use them as my ‘non-midwest mountain’ skis. I’ve skied 35 +/- days on them at resorts in Wyoming, California, and BC, and at Lutsen (North Shore of Lake Superior), and I love them! I have them mounted -5, w/Tryolia Attacks.
For reference, my ‘daily midwest ski’ is a 2018 Santa Ana 88 w/two sheets of metal at 165, so a bit different than the Sierra. I ski about 50 days a year, dominantly on hard pack and ice.
The Sierras do take a little bit of getting used to, especially on hardpack, but they are a blast and a dream in the trees, the bumps, and soft stuff. I find them to pivot easily, and fore/aft maneuverability is great as well. In crud and hard pack, if you are an aggressive skier, you do need to really power into your downhill ski early to eliminate the chatter, but a small price to pay for the absolute fun of this ski. I would add that they get up on edge surprisingly well for a wider ski, and I enjoy them on steep terrain.
Building on the other comments, the Moment staff are incredible. If you get the chance to visit their factory and showroom in Reno…do it! its right next to the airport, and they often have gear in-stock that is listed as sold-out on the website.
Lastly, if you find yourself skiing in the Midwest (where people love to talk on the 1.5 minute chairlift ride), these skis ARE conversation starters…so be ready!
To get a start on learning what ski mountains are in the northern midwest, check out the list on the Indy Pass. Somewhat of a difference between the ski areas north of Chicago or Detroit and those that are farther south. Perfect North in Indiana (close to Cincinnati) is a family owned and operated ski resort that's been around for decades. The family bought Timberline in WV and have done a great job bringing it back to life.I would love to ski in the Midwest sometime, as I never have before! What mountains do you recommend I try? I drive through the Midwest twice a year at least to visit family in the east coast, so that could be a great opportunity for some skiing if we pass by any mountains!
Lutsen, MN has awesome terrain. The UP (Upper Peninsula) area of Michigan (and nearby WI) get awesome lake-effect dry powder dumps. Crowds tend to be minimal here!I would love to ski in the Midwest sometime, as I never have before! What mountains do you recommend I try? I drive through the Midwest twice a year at least to visit family in the east coast, so that could be a great opportunity for some skiing if we pass by any mountains!
Thanks for the great suggestions! We pass through both Indiana and West Virginia on our drive so that is perfect, could definitely take a day to ski next time we are making that drive!To get a start on learning what ski mountains are in the northern midwest, check out the list on the Indy Pass. Somewhat of a difference between the ski areas north of Chicago or Detroit and those that are farther south. Perfect North in Indiana (close to Cincinnati) is a family owned and operated ski resort that's been around for decades. The family bought Timberline in WV and have done a great job bringing it back to life.