My quiver for the new season.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 11/04/09 •  2 min read

I’m entering the new ski season filled with excitement.

That’s nothing unusual. I’m always excited for ski season to begin.

But I’m especially excited because I have two new pairs of skis this year: a pair of Volkl Auras and a pair of Tierras, also from Volkl. And I’m keeping my trusty old Fischer Vision 73’s, too. I can’t bear to let them go.

So here’s a quick review of what my quiver looks like this season, so you can recognize me on the mountain:

The Aura has been receiving a lot of love from the women on, and SKI and Skiing magazines seem to like it, too. Similar to the Mantra but 20% lighter, the Aura features a sandwich construction and measures 130/94/113. It has a reputation for terrific edging on the hardpack, but its wide waist makes it great for the powder, too. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun on this one!

And for my next ski…..

the Volkl Tierra, which features the company’s new Bio-Logic Technology. Volkl’s raised the toe in the binding, which they say puts a female skier in a more neutral stance. They claim it improves the balance of the hamstring and glutes to result in more efficient muscle use. They’ve also tapered the tail angle so it releases more readily at the end of a turn. The tip is a bit wider, and they gave the ski a more consistent flex pattern. The Tierra’s dimensions: 129/78/99

And here’s ski #3….

My Fischer Vision 73’s. I’ve had these skis since 2007, and they’ve served me well. They’re fun, lively, snappy, happy — just tons of fun for carving, making short turns. They’re great on soft snow, plowing through ice cookies, and hold a terrific edge. A great East Coast ski. Love ’em. They’re 118/73/105.

So that’s where I stand, on the brink of the ’09/’10 season. Now if only I could get out on these babies!


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