With a 98 mm footprint, the Nemesis is Nordica's widest offering for women. Last season, testers praised its flotation and carving ability—calling it a hard-charging powder ski you could run gates with. This year, testers once again praised the Nemesis' versatility. "It stands out as a strong, solid carver but it's rock solid everywhere," said Alder. For 2012/2013, Nordica retools the construction to include the women-specific Wi-Core—a lightweight sandwich construction made of wood and weight-reducing synthetic layers. The slow rise of the tip and nearly 100 mm waist provides flotation and maneuverability. "It's stiff, very stable and really easy to get on edge," said Heller.