DPS Skis Nina 99 Pure3 Ski - Women's

La Nina.

El Nino might be the preferred weather pattern of most skiers, but even The Boy doesn't guarantee you'll spend the whole winter living in dumptown. When you're ripping variable conditions, with boot-deep blower one day, manky leftovers the next, and crusty groomers for a few days after, the DPS Nina 99 Pure3 Women's Ski is the tool you want.

It's based on DPS' Yvette ladies' pow ski, but DPS slimmed the Nina down to 99mm underfoot to give it more all-year all-mountain awesomeness. It didn't change the legendary Pure3 construction, though, so the Nina still rocks a lightweight and super-energetic aspen core that's sandwiched between two layers of prepreg carbon fiber, giving the ski a highly stable and edgy, but still playful, feel. UHMW sidewalls help prevent torsion, or twisting, which means the Nina has great edge grip on hard snow and can be skied aggressively without folding up or feeling flimsy and scary.

DPS didn't do anything crazy with the sidecut or camber profiles of the Nina, either. There's a generous amout of powerful and grippy camber underfoot that's balanced out with mellow rocker in the tip and tail, so you can take your adventures off piste without burying your tips into soft snow or getting locked into a turn that takes you straight into a tree. The raised tail lets you scrub speed, throw your skis sideways, and make quick turns like it's no big deal, and DPS' Paddle Tech sidecut profile blends the sidecut down to almost nothing a the contact points, so you can make all sorts of turn shapes without feeling like the Nina has a mind of its own. It's finished off with bomber steel edges hardened to 48 Rockwell, and World Cup bases that provide plenty of zip and durability, perfect for seasons of all-mountain adventuring.

  • Rockered tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot
  • Pure3 sandwich construction
  • UHMW sidewalls
  • Paddle Tech sidecut profile
  • Aspen core
  • Prepreg carbon fiber laminates
  • Rockwell 48 steel edges
  • World Cup base
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

A great for all conditions ski!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased the Nina's for touring, but I also wanted a ski that would charge in bounds. The Nina's are the best of both world's! They are lightweight, playful, but still charge through any conditions. Because of the rockered tip and tail they do ski a lot shorter than I expected, so I would definitely suggest demoing them before buying.

Playful, energetic, and FUN

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm in the market for a new pair of skis, now that my beloved Volkl Auras are 5 years old. I got to demo these the other day.

Conditions were mostly hard-pack with some 5 day old storm leftovers here and there. I skied a lot of moguls, some trees, and some steep groomers.

The good: These are the most energetic, playful skis I have ever skied on. This makes moguls A LOT of fun. The Ninas are so responsive that skiing tight, big, hard packed moguls is a breeze. I was also noticeably less fatigued at the end of the day.

The bad: I think you trade a bit of stability for the Nina's playfulness. They don't hold an edge like an Aura (does any ski?); this didn't bother me on groomers, but I was slightly less confident hard carving around big moguls. It's easier to feel unstable if you get back seat. I didn't have to make any huge recoveries the day I skied them, but I do wonder how difficult that would be.

Bottom line: If you're not expecting these to ski like a Volkl, you'll love them. They're a really unique ski, but they perform (or out-perform) just about anything in all conditions. If this is the right ski for you, I think you'd find that it's worth the hefty price tag.

Get what you pay for.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I demoed these skis recently, after hearing much hype, and they did not let down. This is a perfect all-mountain, all-condition ski. It definitely supported me as well as upped my game a bit, which is always welcome.

I skied in varied snow conditions, and felt a solid response whether in powder, hard pack, or trees. What I really loved, was their glide. That was a definitely stand out for me, compared to all other skies in this profile. They were very smooth, while still being responsive. These are at the top of my wish list.

Let me know if you want to talk more about these skis, or anything else here at backcountry.

So. Much. Fun.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the chance to tour the Wasatch with a pair of Ninas and I absolutely loved them. Amazingly light for uphill combined with a pair of dynafit bindings, yet still so versatile and fun to ski on in all conditions. As a former ski racer I'm used to putting a lot of pressure on the ski - with Ninas I wasn't afraid to do that!

Is there a place to demo the Ninas in the Wasatch in an AT setup? Would love to try before I buy.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Nina's are my go to skis, they work great in every condition!