Advanced all-mountain skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Renoun Endurance 98
2. Liberty Variant 113
2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD
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Late summer skiing at "Timberline" Oregon-USA
The Place:it's August 23rd 2016 at the beautifully maintained Timberline Lodge built by our federal government under Roosevelt's "new deal" program in the early 1930s. Skiing began in 1939. Located on Mt Hood, approximately one hour outside of Portland, or Hood River Oregon.Timberline had a great 2015-16 season, and the "Palmer Snow Field" at 8540 vertical feet, and two lift rides above Timberline Lodge, had superb coverage, and spring conditions. Frozen corduroy in the morning starting at 7:30, and soft spring conditions by late morning, to closing at 2:00. Race clinics, and mogul-freestyle clinics are available through the summer, including kids. Hiking from the lodge, through the high alpine meadows is also popular. During our visit, several groomed runs were open to the public, as well as the mogul course. I would rate this terrain, as blue to single black in difficulty. The snow field begins at the second chair, where you can put on your skis. By late morning the bumps were medium in size with good rhythm, and soft, which some would reference as "hero bumps". There was a good size kicker in the bumps for aerials.
I was fortunate to spend some time with Rossignol's tenured, and very knowledgable representative-distributor for the Northwest US. He encouraged me to take out the new Experience 88 HD as well, after I described my personal skiing habits. Check out my review on this impressive ski! The Rossignol Experience 100 HD ti is the only ski in their lineup with a titanal laminate. Rossi now uses a new carbon weave, and new graphics (that matched my outfit perfectly), compared with last years model. When looking at this ski, the widest portion (140mm) is at the very tip of its outline, indicating, you will be able to take full advantage of every bit of this skis edge, when you angulate, and you will angulate! With Rossi demo bindings, the skis weight is on the heavy side, and the flex is medium stiff-stiff.
If you love to make medium radius GS turns, you have picked the right ski! With a turn radius of 20m, the 100 requires you to drive your shins into your boot tongue at all times, with high angulation. It responds best by taking your time to roll on to a high edge, and letting the tip of the ski initiate the turn. This ski will chatter when pushed past it's turn radius on firm snow at speed. This is not unusual for freshly tuned or new skis with this amount of edge grip. You will not be rewarded by rushing, skidding, setting back, or skiing a flat edge during your turn. This is the reason I rate this ski for advanced-expert only. But, if GS turns are your thing, the superb edge hold, and high damping qualities will make you smile, and allow the ski to blast through piles and variable terrain with ease.
I did make several runs in the bumps, as they began to thaw in late morning. As long as I maintained my aggressive forward stance, the superb dampening made the bumps manageable, but is not this skis favorite environment...
I find the thick piles of slush, from warm spring skiing, can give you a indication of a skis powder skills. In this case, the damping qualities will give this ski stability through cut up powder and crud, and it's wide tip and tail will increase float, but I would guess that it's stiffness, higher camber, and short and subtle rocker, will probably not add to its float and powder capabilities.
- Tested Length: 182cm
- Edge Angles: 1 degree bottom, 1 degree side factory recommended. This ski had the factory tune, but the rep did inform me, that a 1/2 degree bottom and 1 degree side is a option. My experience tells me, this change will enhance the edge bite, which was already impressive on this ski!
- Weight: 2100g per ski blank, feels heavier
- Flex: medium stiff-stiff
- Bindings: Rossignol demo bindings
- 182cm test length ideal
Who is this ski for
- If medium radius GS turns are your speciality
- If you want a ski with superb edge hold, and excellent damping
- If you like a stiffer flex
- If you are able to maintain forward to centered stance
- If you like high edge angles at all times
- More piste than off-piste
- If you are advanced-expert level
- X racer
Rossignol about the Experience 100 HD Ti
"Amplified with Rossignol's new Carbon Alloy Matrix, the all-new EXPERIENCE 100 HD Ti is the ultimate one-ski-quiver for expert all-mountain skiers. With its award-winning power and versatility intact, the new Experience 100 HD Ti blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a smooth, powerful freeride feel. Carbon Alloy Matrix increases edge grip, stability, dampness, and drive for a finely-tuned fusion of damp, "planted-to-the-snow" edge grip and loose, playful mobility. Combined with our patented Air Tip technology, Auto Turn Rocker profile, and Extended Sidecut, the new all-mountain standard delivers high-definition performance across all terrain and snow conditions. It's racing DNA meets freeride. Precision and power meets effortless float. It's everything you need for the ultimate one-ski-quiver. The entire mountain awaits – EXPERIENCE MORE. 60% Off-Trail/ 40% On-Trail", says Rossignol.
$ 649.00 $ 775.00