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2019 Rossignol Sky 7 HD W Women’s Skis

The Rossignol Sky 7 HD W is an important ski within their Freeride collection. Arguably offering the most versatile performance within the line, the Sky 7 HD comes in at 96 mm underfoot, has a rocker/camber/rocker profile with ample amounts of tip rocker, and also uses early taper in the tips and tails. Skis in the Rossignol Seven Series in general have always been known for their maneuverable nature. For 2018, Rossignol upgraded the collection with new shapes, yet retained their carbon alloy matrix construction which we saw in the previous update. The result is the best collection of skis yet. A new Air Tip design helps to reduce vibrations, which should quiet the ski down and give it a more stable feel compared to previous versions. All of our testers were on the 172 cm length.

Ann MacDonald definitely thought it has improved stability after her time on the Sky 7 HD W. She described it as feeling “stable underfoot,” and that it was “fun at high speeds!” That’s really good feedback as traditionally the Sky 7 hasn’t been an exceptionally stable ski, but Rossignol definitely gave it some new strength for 2018, and the same construction is back for 2019. Ann admitted that she would “love to try them in powder,” but that they were “fun in the slush!” The shape of the Sky 7 HD is definitely focused on soft snow performance with its abundant rocker and early taper. We’ve always known it was fun to ski in soft snow, so we’re most impressed by the comments surrounding stability and its ability to go fast. Ann ended her commented by saying it’s an “aggressive ski for ripping girls that want a wider powder type ski.”

Jenny Lawson was another tester who found it to be quite stable. In fact, she scored the Sky 7 HD W 5 out of 5 for both stability and torsional stiffness. Again, those aren’t necessarily scores we’re accustomed to seeing from the Rossignol Seven series, which is really impressive. Jenny did admit that the “ski was too big for me,” but she found it to be “stable at high speed.”

Emily Crofton was most impressed by the ski’s soft snow performance. She didn’t have the powder conditions to test it in that we would’ve liked, but the snow was soft enough to get a really good feel for its ability. “This ski has the potential to be super fun and floaty in certain conditions (powder).” Emily also mentioned that because it uses so much rocker and early taper, it skis a little bit short. “The tip has so much rocker that your turn doesn’t start until further down the ski; you can easily pivot on your skis to make a turn.”

Pascale Savard focused her feedback on the ski’s playfulness and forgiveness, which are two traits this ski has always been known for. While Rossignol did increase stability and vibration damping for 2018, the highlight of the Sky 7 HD W in our opinion is its maneuverable, quick, playful nature. Pascale described it as a “fun time in soft snow,” which we certainly agree about. The Seven Series in general has always been a blast in soft snow.

Rossignol definitely made some significant upgrades for 2018 and we’re excited to see the new construction carry over for 2019. The Sky 7 HD is still a super maneuverable ski that’s a blast to ski in soft snow and un-groomed terrain like trees and big moguls, but now it has a whole new level of stability and vibration damping, which has been confirmed by our awesome testers.

Testers

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

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

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

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Ariel Aidala

Age: 26Height: 5'3"Weight: 125 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Kristi Brown

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

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

Emily Crofton SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Emily Crofton

Age: 29Height: 5'3"Weight: 110 lbs.

Ski Style: Playful and precise freeskier with a freestyle background

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Ali Berlin

Age: 41Height: 5'"Weight: 105 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast frontside, free spirit

Ann MacDonald SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Ann MacDonald

Age: 55Height: 5'1"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

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  1. Hi there, I am an intermediate/advanced skier. These skis were recommended to me as a great all-mountain ski, however, I’m not sure they’ll work for me due to their length. I’m 5’0 and 100 lbs and the smallest size for these skis is 156 cm. Do you think I could make these work as an intermediate skier? Thanks!

    1. HI Katie!
      In that width, I would say the Sky in the 156 is on the long side. Check out the Blizzard Black Pearl 98, it comes in a 152 and is a comparable ski to the Sky in terms of performance and application. Have fun!
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