2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Women's Ski Image 2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Women's Ski Image

2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Women’s Skis

The Rossignol Experience collection has been around for a long time now, although previously it just referred to the men’s skis, while the women’s skis were dubbed Temptation. For 2019, however, we get a women’s Experience line in which these all mountain skis have been completely redesigned in both shape and construction. The extended sidecut has been replaced with much more early taper in the tip and tail, as well as more pronounced rocker. The new construction revolves around Rossignol’s Line Control Technology. A vertical strip of metal is located in the center of the core of the ski, which also uses their Carbon Alloy Matrix material, called the HD Core Ti. This Experience 88 Ti W uses that high end core, is 88 mm underfoot, and is a very versatile all mountain ski. All these women tested the 166 cm length.

Katie Nichols loved it. How do we know? She started her test form comments by saying, “Love, love, love!” Katie gave the Experience 88 Ti W 5 out of 5 for every single category on our test form, although she did leave flotation blank as she was testing it mostly on firm snow. That’s fine with us. Katie described it as a super versatile ski, “ultimate cruiser, slush, everything! Playful, fun, stable, and quick.” Not many skis can be described using all those adjectives, and anything that can is a great ski.

We had a similar reaction from Jenny Lawson who wrote “fun, fun, fun right out of the gate!” Like Katie, Jenny also gave the new Experience 88 Ti W 5 out of 5 for every category. Those are crazy good scores that we rarely see. Jenny described it as “playful, held an edge, and turned well.” That’s a relatively basic description, but realistically what more can you ask for out of an all mountain ski?

Katrine Wolfgang was another tester that loved the Experience 88 Ti W. Her highest scores were 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, playfulness, and torsional stiffness. Only forgiveness and versatility were given 4 out of 5. Katrine really liked the feel of the Experience 88 Ti W, commenting that the “ski turns really well, but seems to have a little float to it, which for me made the turns easier.” The new tip shape definitely helps the ski stay on top of softer, more variable snow conditions much better than the Temptation 88 HD that it’s replacing.

Pascale “loved this ski at high speeds!” She described it as “a big heavy, study 4×4.” We’ll add a note here that it’s not actually that heavy. Part of the benefit of Line Control Technology is that it reduces the amount of metal compared to traditional sandwich construction, which lightens up the ski. We think she’s mostly referring to the ski’s ability to plow through variable snow. “Fun and easy enough to get on edge, very stable.”

Susan Dorn described the Experience 88 Ti W in great detail. “Easy, forgiving, big sweet spot. Good for intermediate to expert. Can make a good skier into a great skier.” That’s an awesome description in our opinion. Any ski that feels like it’s helping you take your ability to the next level provides a really satisfying skiing experience. Susan thought it “performs well in all conditions. This ski can take a beating without tiring you out.”

We’re pretty psyched about these new all mountain skis from Rossignol. None of our testers dislikes it, by a long shot, which really says a lot about the ski overall. The Experience 88 Ti W is far more versatile than the previous Temptation 88 HD. Not only is it more versatile, but it also feels like it outperforms the Temptation in the areas in which that ski excelled. Great job, Rossignol!


Pascale Savard SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Pascale Savard

Age: 51Height: 5'3"Weight: 116 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise and smooth with a top to bottom attitude

Katrine Wolfgang SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 54Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Josi Kytle SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Josi Kytle

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Super fun and smiley

Katie Nichols SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katie Nichols

Age: 28Height: 5'3"Weight: N/A lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and natural with an affinity for speed

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot

Susan Dorn

Age: 60Height: 5'1"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

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  1. Would these work for my 13-year-old daughter. She’s 115 lbs, aggressive intermediate-advanced skier who spends a lot of time running fast, or hitting bumps and trees. She’s a gymnast and very strong and always working to beat her older brother down the mountain. Also, if we order tomorrow would they arrive by Christmas?

    1. Hi Gary!

      Sounds like they would work well. For a less aggressive or less athletic skier, they might be a bit much, but it sounds like your daughter would do just fine on them! The arrive-by-Christmas question is tougher to answer. Where are you located? We’re in northern Vermont, so if you’re on the east coast, my guess would be yes. If you’re out west, that’s another story, although nothing 2-day shipping couldn’t fix. If you do order them, get in touch with our customer service staff directly to let them know about the need for arrival by Christmas.


  2. I am looking for a good variable condition all mountain ski. I live and ski in the northern Rockies, from Alta and Snowbird north to Jackson and Big Sky. Friends have recommended the Rossi Experience 88 women’s ski and the Black Crow Camox Birdie. I currently own Rossi Temptation 84s (163 length) and Volkl 100 Eights (156 length). Last year we had an incredible powder year at my local area (Pebble Creek) and I skied the Volkl 100Eights when the powder was more than 8 inches, i.e. 75% of the days from mid-January on– they were soooo much fun!!! The Rossi Temptation 84s are “O.K”, but definitely NOT great as a general ski. I would love to get back to taking ONE ski when I go out of town. Last year I skied over 70 days, but I try to be cautious, given my fragile old lady bones. I avoid hard snow and cruiser runs, but ski mostly moguls and trees on double blue, black, and double black runs. I feel much safer making slow, easy turns in bumps, trees, and powder than going fast down groomed cruisers. I demoed the Volkl 90Eights a few years ago and really liked them, but the reviews for them are less than stellar these days. Has the Rossi Experience 88 changed a lot since the disappointing Temptation 84’s? I am 5′ 6″ tall, weigh 128 pounds, and am 73 years old.

    1. Hi Janet!
      If you like the 100Eight, I think you’ll like the 90Eight as well, regardless of the reviews. While the new 88 is a big upgrade over the older versions of the Experience/Temptation line, it sounds like you’re looking for something in the mid-90’s underfoot. Check out the Blizzard Sheeva 9 or the Black Pearl 98 for lighter and thinner versions of the 100Eight. The Experience 88 is a great carver and a fun ski, but it sounds like you ski in snowier areas, which to me seem better suited for slightly wider skis. Have fun!