2018 Rossignol Experience 100 HD Skis 2018 Rossignol Experience 100 HD Skis

2018 Rossignol Experience 100 HD Skis

The Rossignol Experience 100 HD is the widest ski in their all mountain collection and also the stiffest and most powerful. This is largely due to the fact that the Experience 100 HD is the only ski in this collection that uses metal laminates. This metal is in addition to the Carbon Alloy Matrix material that is used in a wide range of Rossignol skis. This Carbon Alloy Matrix gives the ski excellent energy and responsiveness, while metal provides strength and vibration dampening properties. On paper this construction and the ski’s 20 m turn radius (182 cm length) align it to compete with some of the burliest all mountain skis on the market. Each of these testers skied the 182 cm length.

Mike Aidala certainly thought it was a powerful ride. “The Experience 100 HD skis are damp and very powerful. They are perfect for hard charging skiers that spend most of their time on trail.” While the Experience 100 HD does have a 100 mm waist width, the shape and rocker profile of the ski do lean towards on-trail use. The relatively wide waist width retains some ability to jump off-piste and gives the ski great stability when there’s a little fresh snow on the groomers, but the shape is derived more from a carving ski than a freeride or powder ski. Mike thought it would be great for ex-ski racers due to its ability to “rip big turns at high speeds.”

Stephen Brown also found the Experience 100 HD to be a pretty powerful ski and actually thought it required quite a bit of skier input when initiating turns. “the ski initiated a bit tougher than expected, but once on edge it held and busted through crud.” While he didn’t feel the tip rocker helped with turn initiation, he did think it helped with this crud-busting ability. Just like Mike Stephen thought the Experience 100 HD really is best as a carving ski, and he thought it would make a “very solid east coast carving ski.” While we don’t disagree, we would certainly add that a western skier could enjoy it as well. In fact it’s arguably just as, if not more, appropriate out west, as western “groomers” more frequently have soft snow on them.

Jamie Bisbee referred to the Experience 100 HD as an “expert ski.” He scored it 5 out of 5 for stability and torsional stiffness (we can thank the metal and Carbon Alloy Matrix for that) and just like Mike and Stephen found it to be a blast to carve turns with. “Go fast ski!! Stand on it, flex your boots, and be ready.” He also found that it was “not bad in the bumps,” but we’ll add that you should be a pretty competent bump skier if you plan on using a ski like the Experience 100 HD. Something like the Sky 7 HD provides much quicker and easier pivoting turns, while the Experience 100 HD requires more effort and skier input to move it side to side.

The Experience 100 HD lives up to our expectations when looking at the skis stats and specs on paper. The metal laminates provide excellent stability and vibration dampening for high speed skiing, while Carbon Alloy Matrix gives it a distinctly energetic and responsive feel, especially on firm snow. If you like carving turns, but want a wider foot print than a typical carving ski, or even more all mountain skis, chances are you’ll find the Experience 100 HD from Rossignol is right up your alley.

Testers

Steve Brown Ski Tester Profile Photo

Steve Brown

Age: 26Height: 6'6"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, smooth, and swingy down the fall line

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Bob St. Pierre

Age: 39Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier.

Jamie Bisbee Ski Tester Headshot Image

Jamie Bisbee

Age: 43Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and Furious, like the movie

11 Comments on the “2018 Rossignol Experience 100 HD Skis”

  1. I love my 182 EXP HD 100’s fast responsive stable!!! I highly recommend them! Killer on trail soft steep groomers, very powerful Confident ski. Decent in the freshies on top of mammoth runs but requires effort. I’m 240 lbs 63 expert skier, skied since 5 yrs old. Bummed about corona and early Mountain closures. Anybody know if these skis will work in powder with skins? I’d like to go do some manual Powder laps on the intermediate runs. Also these days I prefer powder, crud, trees and steeps. I’m not fast up there but I do like linking up the s turns top to bottom. Any recommendation for a ski that performs best off trail in steep Sierra cement, powder and crud but is still strong, stable and fast on the groomers would be much appreciated. I’d like a ski that would let this old guy effortlessly transition linked s turns in the Sierra cement-occasional powder so often found on the top of mammoth. Kind of like 182 EXP HD 100 type ski that prefers off trail crud and powder over the groomers? Thank you!
    skiers are the luckiest people on earth! enjoy, my friends. life is beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Paul!
      Check out the Blizzard Rustler 10, Salomon QST 106, and the DPS Wailer 100 A. You’ll find a lot to like in this range! As for putting skins on the E100, it’s not the lightest setup, but you’ll get a lot of stability on the down! Have fun!
      SE

  2. I have the 100s. I am expert skier. Can you reccomend a binding? I’m on a budget so less expensive is good, but don’t want crap.

    Thanks!
    Cj

    1. Hey Chris!
      We usually pair skis like the E100 with either the Marker Griffon 13 or the Tyrolia Attack 13. Both are around $200. If you spend less than that, you’re getting into more intermediate type bindings. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. Hi! Id say I’m an advanced intermediate-comfortable going just about anywhere on trail and venture occasionally off trail. I wouldn’t say I’m a super aggressive skier but I am looking for a ski to help progress and become a better skier. I ski out West and looking for a good All mountain that can handle the groomers but will also ski well on those big powder days. I’m trying to decide between the Exp 88 and the Exp 100? Any other ski recommendations? Was also looking at the K2 Pinnacle 88. Thanks!

    1. Hi Andy!

      Have you considered getting the new Experience 88 Ti? The 100 was discontinued for 2019, and the new shape of the Experience line in general performs way better in soft snow than the previous versions. There is a 94 width now, instead of the 100 width, but that ski is relatively stiff. The 88, on the other hand, has a really nice flex pattern for a skier of your ability level and it performs really well on both groomers and in softer snow conditions. I’ve skied it on some powder days and it does really well, especially considering its 88 mm width. Definitely check it out, I think the newest version of the Experience 88 Ti is the way to go.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

    2. E88 rocks. On or off trail, these turn easily, go through powder, crud or on trail effortlessly.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Are you more of an intermediate or an expert? In our opinion, those are very different ability levels. The Experience 100 HD is a stiff, powerful ski. It’s typically too much ski for an intermediate. If you can give us some more details about yourself and how you ski, we’d be happy to help.

      SE

    1. Hey Ted!

      You’re correct. There was just a graphic change to the Experience collection for 2018; they did not change in shape or construction.

      SE

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