Expert Review: 2024 Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis [with Video]Published on 11/04/2023 · 7 min readSkiing Experts Ian Hamilton and Luke Hinz tested the 2024 Nordica Enforcer 100 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Experts Ian Hamilton and Luke Hinz got their hands on the 2024 Nordica Enforcer 100 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the Enforcer 100 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Nordica claim about this ski? [Ian] This is a really popular all mountain ski from Nordica, and it’s one of the best on the market.
[Luke] Nordica states that this is their wider, more advanced expert all mountain ski. The Enforcer 100 is the flagship of Nordica's all mountain skis. It has been getting a lot of press and attention the last couple of years. A lot of people like the ski as it's intuitive and easy to ski.
What is your overall impression of the ski? [Ian] I hadn't personally skied the Enforcer 100 before today. I usually ski a more playful twin tip ski, and I was really surprised at how good of a time I had on the Enforcer 100. I was impressed at how it did on the groomers. It doesn't quite go as quickly edge to edge as the Enforcer 94 or some of the lower 90s and 80s waist width skis, but it's truly a versatile all mountain ski.
[Luke] It definitely lives up to Nordica’s claims. That being said, what struck me the most about this ski was that it's actually fairly approachable. I feel like a pretty solid intermediate could get on the ski and they could grow a lot with this ski.
I really liked that I didn't have to crank on the skis to get them to perform. They're a little bit more easygoing, and they were just fun to ski! But, they felt really strong and stable underfoot. Overall, I was really, really impressed by these skis.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? [Ian] It's very directional - the tails really fight you if you're trying to slash. They want to stay on edge. They want to carve. They’re very stable and that's a good thing for a lot of people.
[Luke] It's got a lot of camber, a pretty flat tail, and then it has a fair amount of rocker in the tip that makes for a little bit easier turn initiation. The ski has a wood core and then two layers of metal sandwiched over it. That being said, the metal is fairly thin, so the ski isn't crazy stiff or overly demanding.
How does the ski turn? [Ian] It’s definitely pretty stiff underfoot and then has a little bit of softness in those tips, which I really liked. I felt like it initiated turns really well, but the only place it was lacking was in extreme deep snow. I got caught up a little bit in some of those really deep turns. Edge to edge it just wasn't quite as quick, and it took a little bit more effort to really roll on to that other edge.
[Luke] They're fairly easy to carve, and they’re intuitive. You just set them on edge, apply a little pressure, and I was just cranking out turns on these and they felt really stable. They're responsive, and they do what you want to do.
What is the edge hold like? [Luke] They hold a strong edge on piste, groomers, and ice.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? [Ian] Once you're on edge and going fast, it was very stable with not much chattering.
[Luke] When carving, the ski feels really stable and very damp. They were really good at absorbing any of the vibrations I was picking up in the snow if I was hitting bumps. With 100 millimeters underfoot, the skis are surprisingly torsionally stiff and felt really good underfoot when I was carving it.
How is its energy/acceleration? [Luke] There’s not a ton of energy from turn to turn. It's not propelling you into the next turn, but I enjoyed that (for more intermediate skiers, that can propel them into the back seat). The ski was just a nice, easy ride that did what I wanted it to do.
How is it for freestyle skiing? [Ian] For the more playful skiers that like to do tricks and jump around, this probably isn't the best option.
[Luke] This is definitely not a freestyle ski. I would not recommend skiing switch on this. I would not recommend taking the ski into the park. It's just not really made for that.
How is it in powder? [Ian] We had a really good powder day here in Utah, and the 100 waist really was versatile. It did really well in the powder but didn’t have a perfect amount of float. Obviously if you want a really deep snow performance you’d go for a 115 millimeter underfoot ski. But, for a one ski quiver for somewhere that gets good snow, I think it's a great option for a lot of people.
[Luke] It can definitely hold its own in powder, but this is more for someone who's 50 - 50 on piste versus off piste. It’s definitely not the most playful ski, but I didn't mind that at all.
How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? [Luke] These skis not only shine on the groomers, but they're really great in chunder and more variable snow. The stiffer midsection feels really good blasting through crud. They don't really deviate from their course, which is an amazing feeling when you're going through that stuff at high speed. Plus, the rocker in the tip gives it nice float and deflection.
How is it skiing in the trees and moguls? How is its maneuverability? [Luke] One of the most surprising things about these skis is how easy they were to pivot around. It can be fun in the trees and it’s really fun in the moguls. I am not a mogul skier and I don't really care for moguls, but these skis felt so good in moguls. I actually found myself seeking out moguls because I was having such a fun time skiing them.
What terrain is this ski good for? [Ian] It's pretty good on the groomers, and it's pretty good in the powder!
[Luke] If you mainly ski on piste, but you still want enough girth underfoot for the occasional powder day here and there, the Enforcer 100s are a great option.
Who would you recommend these skis to? [Ian] For the all mountain skier who is skiing groomers, moguls and trees, this is a really versatile option. It’s a great ski for anyone from an advancing beginner to an advanced expert.
[Luke] These would be a great option for a solid intermediate to advanced or even expert skier looking for a stiffer, more on piste focused all-mountain ski. This would be a great daily driver ski out West anywhere. These could even be a great East Coast ski if you're routinely skiing more off piste or powder.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? [Luke] If you're looking for a more freeride or freestyle ski that’s more playful and poppy, there are better options out there for you.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Enforcer 100 is the right ski for you, chat with Ian, Luke, or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.