LINE PANDORA 94
Lengths: 151, 158, 165, 172
More info: lineskis.com
"The Line Pandora 94 was like the Robin to my Batman. I was in charge; able to call the shots, pick the runs and set the speed, and this ski was along for the ride as an ideal sidekick. Its lightweight aspen core with supporting carbon stringers made it incredibly nimble and quick. Combined with a low swing weight and 15-metre turn radius, I was able to easily navigate the dense trees at Red Mountain Resort with confidence. The wide tip, narrow waist, and a little junk in the trunk were helpful when tackling diverse terrain, and I was pleasantly surprised by its floatation in powder, especially for a narrower-waist ski. While probably not suited for a hard-charging ex-racer, I was able to confidently rip down the groomers at close to my top speed. And while it’s rated as an advanced to expert model, I believe it would be excellent for all abilities. Beginners and intermediates will find this a great ski to begin exploring off-piste terrain thanks to its deft agility and hourglass shape, while the more advanced will find it all-mountain capable, energetic and playful." –Kate Verhagen
Reviewer’s Rating: On Piste: 6/10 • Off Piste: 8/10
Average Rating: On Piste: 6/10 • Off Piste: 7.5/10
Age: 32 / Height: 5’10” / Weight: 158 lbs / Occupation: Geologist
Raised on the craggy slopes of Castle Mountain, Alberta, Kate Verhagen grew up skiing wide chutes on wind-loaded powder days before making the move to the tight trees and steep terrain that surrounds Rossland, where she works as a geologist. Verhagen likes to ski a little bit of everything in-bounds, and dabbles in ski touring in and around Red Mountain Resort’s backcountry, which allows her to alternate between the trio of skis in her personal quiver that clock in at 105, 116 and 125 millimetres underfoot in the 180-centimetre range.