The 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti W continues on with the success from last year. These skis were built specifically to make the largest possible audience happy with their skis. They are extremely well-rounded and versatile, and have a high-performance ceiling without being too demanding. Built with a slightly softer core than the men’s version, the Experience 88 Ti W is a fantastic choice for intermediate to expert level lady skiers who spend the majority of their time on the front side of the mountain, but also want something with a bit of extra width and versatility. With that in mind, our testers certainly picked up on both aspects of the ski’s intended use.
Allison Ruschp skied both the 159 and 166 and found the shorter length to be “short but so fun!” while the 166 is the appropriate length for her. Pretty much all 5’s for Alli on her scorecard, including overall impression, so it’s pretty fair to say that she’s a fan. “I highly recommend this ski to all skiers. Very carvable and fun! Quick and light for those making lots of turns, but also has a long edge hold for larger arcing turns. I took them into the bumps and was very happy with the playfulness.” Alli also commented on the wide-based audience of the ski, and noted that they are great for advanced skiers, but are not limited to that crowd.
Mar Kuhnel was another big fan of the E 88 Ti W in the 173. Her top score of 5 out of 5 was for versatility, with the rest of her scores being 4’s. She toed the line in the overall impression category, giving the ski a 4.5. “The tip shape allows for a wider variety of turn shapes and sizes. The stiffer tail makes nice, clean, finished turns. In the hard morning ice, the tips felt a little soft, but I’d imagine that same softness would benefit the ski in soft snow.” Great point by Mar here, that a ski’s perceived deficiency in one area can quickly turn into a benefit in another. She concludes by stating that “overall, a great bet for an all-around skier that will make you smile all over the mountain!”
Danielle Nichols skied the 173 and found it to be the right size for her. Her top scores of 4 out of 5 were for stability, forgiveness, edge hold, and overall impression. These scores indicate a well-rounded ski, and it’s nice to hear that from a skier like Danielle. “Super fun! Definitely works better as a groomed-surface ski. It has a GS style, but still maneuverable and solid underfoot.” Sounds like Danielle is touting the on-piste qualifications, but does note the quickness as well.
Also on the 173, Annie MacDonald loved the length and the torsional stiffness of the Experience 88 Ti W. She calls it a “solid ski from tip to tail. You can really rail it over and stomp on it and twist it but it’s also pretty maneuverable. Good for a variety of skiers that want to rip groomers and maybe get caught in crud and powder.” It’s great that Annie brings up the variety of skier aspect of this ski, as it shows the broad appeal and audience.
Kristi Brown ripped a few runs on the 173 and had scores of all 5’s across the board. “Wonder Woman takes flight! One-ski quiver for all-mountain carving—I can do anything on this ski! The 88 is a great waist width and the Ti construction to enjoy an epic experience.” Maybe one of these is in the works for Kristi next winter?
Our testers were pretty enamored with the front-side versatility of the 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti W. The shape, build, and profile all add up to a solid and stable ski that has a huge amount of versatility built right in.