2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

The 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti remains unchanged for this year, and that’s a good thing for a ton of skiers. Last year, the improvements made the Experience 88 Ti a fan favorite of both SkiEssentials testers and the general public. They flew off the shelves and made a ton of skiers happy. The intended audience is a huge portion of the skiing population, and there are a bunch of skiers who love this shape, build, and character. Fun, playful, and full of energy, the Experience 88 Ti features an HD core with a Titanium Line Control Technology strut. This gives the ski excellent fore/aft stiffness without the weight of a full-sheet of metal. As a result, you get a ton of power out of the carve with these skis, but do not lose any of the quickness and maneuverability that combine to make a great all-mountain ski. From groomers to bumps and trees, these skis are built to handle a wide variety of terrain and snow conditions. While not powder skis by any stretch, they’ll handle the random snow days while excelling on the firmer snow in between.

Marcus Shakun found his 180 cm test length to be on the short side, but he still had some high scores. Pretty much all 3’s and 3.5’s for Marcus all down the line. This type of consistent scoring is indicative of a versatile and consistent ski. Marcus pegs these skis as best suited for “advanced intermediate to advanced experts.” They do have a very high-performance ceiling that is fun to try to reach. “It’s a utility knife in the 88-90 category. Does it all and makes medium turns the best. It will lock into longer turns, but wants to go back to shorter turns.” It does have a 16-meter turn radius at the 180 cm length, after all.

Also finding the 180 to be short, Parker Herlihy would have preferred the 187. His top score of 4 out of 5 for playfulness is not shocking, as are the rest of his scores, which were consistent 3’s. Again, when we see a lot of similar scores, it speeds to the all-mountain versatile nature of the ski. Parker calls the Experience 88 Ti a “Rossignol Ripper.”

Rick Randall liked the 180 and had a lot of 4’s out of 5 on his scoresheet. “Playful ski, as it felt lively. Edge hold on firm snow wasn’t amazing, but it held better in softer snow. The was maneuverable and easy to ski, and should be a good all-conditions ski for the upper intermediate or lighter-weight skier.” This fits in with his high scores, and shows the true chameleon-esque character of the Experience 88 Ti.

Tad Lamell found the 180 to be appropriate, and had lots of high scores. His low score of 3 out of 5 was for torsional stiffness and edge hold, as it seems like he preferred the ski in soft snow versus hard snow. “The Experience 88 Ti did not hold as well as others on hard snow.” That said, his other high scores for playfulness and quickness show the other side of these skis, and tout the versatile and all-mountain nature that made this ski so popular among a huge group of skiers.

There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti. So much so that Rossignol didn’t change anything. This way, more skiers will get to fall in love with the overall versatility and performance of these great skis. The all-terrain rocker makes it easy to ski a bunch of differet terrain and snow conditions, and for skiers who want a high-performance ski that they don’t have to think about a lot, the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti will be your best friend.

Testers

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Tad Lamell

Age: 73Height: 6'2"Weight: 220 lbs.

Ski Style: Experienced and precise with a love for early-morning runs

Rick Randall

Age: 45Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

49 Comments on the “2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti”

  1. How would these compare to the Ripstick 88s, including weight, ease of use / intuitiveness and “fun factor”. Is the Ripstick a better carver? How much more demanding is the Experience 88 than the RS?

    188cm tall and about 220lbs but looking for a fun lightweight ski that I can vary my skiing with and thats not too demanding.

    1. Hi Mike!
      The Rossi is a superior carver thanks to the metal laminate, and at your size, I’d say that’s going to be important. They’re not too demanding, especially when compared to a Blizzard Brahma or a Nordica Enforcer 88, but compared to the Ripstick, it does require more skier input. I don’t think you’ll overpower the Ripstick unless you’re being super-aggressive. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. I am planning to buy either Rossignol Experience 88’s or Nordica Enforcer 88’s. I am currently on Rossignol Experience 80’s which are way to soft for me and washing out on every turn. I am a strong athletic intermediate skier and I spend most of my time on groomed runs. Which of these skis (or others) would you recommend for me?

    1. Hi Brian!
      I think given your previous experience with the Experience, it might be time to try something new. I’ve been skiing the Enforcer 88 for a few weeks now and am nothing short of impressed. Not a whole lot of washing out going on with this one. Also check out the 2020 Volkl Kendo 88, and for a bit more of an on-trail performer, the Volkl Deacon 84 is a sharp customer. At your size, I’d be looking at the mid to upper 170’s in terms of length. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hi,
    I am looking for a one quiver, fun and stable, East Coast ski. Primarily for groomers and secondary to be able to venture of in the trees with my kids. I am a good to advanced intermediate, not super-aggressive but not cruising either, sticking mostly to the groomers and 44yo/5″11/187lb.

    On my list I have Rossignol Experience 88 TI (180cm) and K2 Mindbender 90 TI (177cm) and having a hard time to decide between them. Any suggestions on which one would be more suitable/accessible for my needs? Or should I perhaps look into something narrower like Rossignol Experience 84/Nordica Navigator 85?

    Thanks,
    Tony

    1. Hi Tony!
      Both great choices, of those, the K2 is the more demanding, as it has a heavier and burlier build. The Experience is really a do-everything ski, but has a shorter turn radius, so it feels lighter and livelier. With the narrower versions, you’re really only losing that top-end gear. If you feel like you don’t need it, then the 84 and the Navigator are totally serviceable skis and you’ll have a ton of fun on either. At the end of the day, I’d recommend the Experience 88–very few skiers are disappointed. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Trying to decide between the 88 and 94 model for east coast nh skiing. Mostly groomers and want to get more into bumps. Larger guy here at 6 1 250. Demod the 94ti 173 and loved it they did not have the 180 to demo that day. cant decide between the 88 and 94 and 173 or 180.

    1. Hi Kevin!
      First, I think you’re a 180 guy for length. The 94 has a thicker and denser core, so is likely a stronger overall choice. You will lose out on a bit of quickness due to the width and stiffness, but I think it’d be worth the tradeoff overall. Have fun!
      SE

  5. I am 5’-8”, 155 pounds, 48 years old from the Midwest and ski both the west coast and upper Michigan area (Nubs Nob and Boyne). I skied a little growing up but after a 20 year hiatus just recently over the past 3 years while introducing my kids to skiing I have become a fanatic. Truly the greatest sport for a family!!! I primarily ski blue groomers out west and love to carve turns. I am living out my dream and skiing Colorado for the next month to further advance my skills. My main concern is I want a ski that does not wear me out especially out west. I need a balance between a ski that has a lot of control but is not too heavy. I have tested so far the enforcer 93 at a 165 and the Head Kore 93 at a 163. I loved the enforcer, it seemed to ski through anything with exceptional control but at times especially as my legs tired out I would lose a little control of my tips. The head kore I demoed at the end of the day but the control was nothing like the enforcer. I just felt the edge control wasn’t there in the end of day crap in addition they rattled. I plan to test the Rossi experience 88 ti, enforcer 88 and Völkl kendo. I have watched all of your video reviews and love them! So much information and especially liked the 2020 all mountain review. Such a great place to start the purchasing process and even though the video is long, who cares it is so informative!!!

    Can you provide your recommendation between the skis I am reviewing based on a ski that I can use primarily for groomed blues with a goal of skiing some black bowls at vail.

    Thanks,

    Brian

    1. Hi Brian!
      You’re definitely in the right ballpark with your list–I’d stick to the 88-90’s for your application. The Experience is the turniest of the group and the least demanding. Not quite the top end of the Kendo or Enforcer, but also won’t be as rough on the legs. The Kendo 88 for 2020 is lighter and more lively than the older versions, which I found to be on the planky side. The Enforcer is the thoroughbred of the group, much like you felt in the 93, but with a stiffer flex and more snap out of the turn. I think for you, the Experience makes the most sense, with the Kendo being the upper-end, and the Enforcer the highest performer. Hope that helps and have a great time!
      SE

  6. Hi,

    I’m 5’11” 165lbs, intermediate-advanced level trying to decide between the 173 or 180cm Rossignol, or a 177 Salomon QST 92 for an all mountain ski. Planning to spend two seasons on the west coast of Canada so ideally would be looking for skis that’ll keep up as I (hopefully) improve. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    1. Hi George!
      I think the 92 has more to offer for your application. The 88 will leave a bit to be desired in soft snow performance, but is a fantastic carver on-trail. The QST is a friendly and fun ski for any and all conditions and does have a high gear to shoot for. I think the 177 in that ski is the way to go. Have a great time!
      SE

  7. Hello,
    I’m looking for a replacement for my old 2014 Rossi Exp88’s (178cm). They end up being my choice here in Whitefish if it hasn’t snowed in a couple of days but they’re pretty floppy, worn out and I’m looking for a more versatile ski that isn’t as “hooky” as my old Exp 88’s. I’m 66 years old, 6′-0″ 160lbs intermediate / advanced skier. My other skis are Head iTitans (170cm) for the front side and Rossi Sky7s (180cm) for softer conditions so this would be my in between ski.

    I seem to do well on Rossi skis and the new Exp88 is a much different ski than my old version but I’m a better skier now and I might be up to skiing a stiffer ski like the Enforcer 88 or a Volkl Kendo. I enjoy navigating the late afternoon piles and want to get better in serious moguls. Lots of good skis out there and it’s hard to make the perfect choice – any pearls of wisdom for me?

    Thanks in advance,
    Phil

    1. Hi Philip!
      I’d stick to the current Experience 88–not nearly has hooky as your 2014’s, the 2020 is a more versatile ski, but still has that strong carving performance. I think you’d like them better in bumps and softer snow versus the Enforcer/Kendo style of ski that’s just a bit on the stiff and demanding side, especially if you’ve got the Titan for pure carving. Hope that helps!
      SE

  8. Hello SE team,
    Thanks for the nice review! I am an advanced intermediate skiier who is still improving my skills. I would like to upgrade my skis for the use of next several years. Right now I ski 80% groomed and 20% powder, but I certainly would like to do more powder in the future. Currentlly I am looking at Rossi Exp 88, Volkl Kendo 88, Head Kore 93 and Volkl Mantra M5. I am very much interested in a wider ski for powder but worried about the clumsy performance on piste. For a narrower ski, I worried a bit about the limited future possibilities. Could you provide me some advice? I am 5’8” 145lb, 28 years old.
    Thanks in advance!
    Rapha

    1. Hi Raphael!
      Stuck in the middle, eh? Let’s stick to what you actually ski versus what you want to ski. At 80% groomed, I’d lean to the 88’s versus the wider options. Of the Rossignol and the Volkl, the Experience is a shorter turner that requires less effort while the Kendo has a higher available gear. If you’re still improving, I’d look to the Rossignol–very versatile in their own right with a ton of positives. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Hey SE Team – I am an intermediate – advanced skier looking to upgrade my old skies (165cm which I outgrew). I’m 5’11 190lbs – mostly ski NE groomed. I’m debating between between the Rossignol Exp 88s (leaning 180 over 173) and the Nordica Enforcer 88s (leaning 179 vs. 172). Any advice on which ski/length combo would be the best fit?

    1. HI JB!
      I’d peg the Enforcer as more expert-oriented–it certainly has a higher top-end. The Experience is likely a better candidate for your experience and application–a better short turner with more versatility through different speeds. I’d say 180 will give you a stronger upside. Have fun!
      SE

  10. Hi, I enjoy watching and reading your reviews. I’m trying to select a new ski for me and would appreciate some good advice. I’m 61 years old, 5-10 and 175 lbs. I would classify myself as an advanced level skier but not an expert. I live in the east and ski 3 or 4 days a month here but will also be making a week long ski trip to Western Canada for the next few years. I can ski black diamond runs in the east but prefer not to if they are too icy so most days are carving on blue runs here. Not really into skiing trees, gnarly moguls or going extremely fast or racing anyone, just enjoying a fun, light, easy to handle, competent ski that I can use both east and west. When out west I’ll would enjoy skiing powder and soft snow if available on the resort, not out of bounds. Interested if you think the Rossignol Experience 88 would be the best choice for me. Others I’ve considered are Salomon QST 92, Atomic Vantage 97C, Dynastar Legend 88, Elan Ripstick, K2 Mindbender 90, Nordica Navigator 85, Volkl 90eight or Kanjo. Appreciate your advice. Thanks.

    1. Hi Tim M!
      Your first cut should be anything outside the 88-92 range, leaving you with the Experience, Ripstick, Mindbender, and QST 92. I’d also look to ax the Legend as they’re quite stiff and it sounds like you’re looking for something a tad easier. Depending if you’re looking for better carving (Experience), better flotation (QST), or something in the middle (Ripstick/Mindbender), they’re all great skis, just with slightly different personalities. When you state “fun, light, easy to handle and competent,” I’m leaning to the Ripstick–a great combination of fun and performance. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks, I should have asked for your recommendation on length also. I’m 5-10 and 175lb. Thanks again.

  11. I am just finishing up my first season on skis since high school and I am looking for something new for next year. I am 39, 5’6″, 160LBS, athletic intermediate. I ski in Northern Michigan on groomed runs. Most of the time I am chasing my kids around but I like to sneak away and carve fast groomers.

    This season I was on a set of used Navigator 85 165 that had absolutely no camber. They seemed to require more effort than necessary.

    I am trying to decide between the Experience 88 (159 or 166), Wingman 86 TI (160 or 166) or Enforcer 88 (165). Or am I thinking too wide and go for something like Wingman 82 or Brahama 82?

    1. Hi Dean!
      I think the wider is fine–better for the kids as well as yourself. I’ve been on the Enforcer 88 and love it. It’s a bit of a handful for skiing with my kids, but I also have an older pair of twin tips that I use for kid-exclusive days. But overall for versatility and groomer performance, it’s hard to go wrong with that Enforcer 88. The Rossi is a bit easier to turn, but doesn’t quite have the high gear. If that’s something that you prioritize, I’d make your decision based on that. I’d recommend the 166 in the Experience. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks for the fast response. How does the Wingman compare to the Enforcer or Experience models?

      2. Hi Dean!
        The Wingman has a bit more of a race-like feel to it versus the Enforcer and Experience. The Enforcer has that freeride pedigree that has filtered down from the wider models, and the Experience is just a dictionary definition of an all-mountain ski. The Wingman is shaped more like a race/carving ski with the stiffness and stability to match. Loves being in a carved turn, but not much else. The other models are more versatile. Have fun!
        SE

  12. Hi. Trying to decide between the E88 Ti (173 or 180) and the Volkl Deacon 84 (172 or 177) and would appreciate any advice you might have. Also looking for some guidance on length from the choices above. I’m still a fairly aggressive skier and in very good athletic shape, although slowing down just a bit now that I’m 60. I’m just under 5’11” and weigh 180 lbs. I ski primarily in western and central NY state and New England, 85% frontside steeper groomers, and love skiing fast and hard along the trail edges. Ice, man-made snow and crud is a regular occurrence. I’m looking for enough versatility in a ski to shine there as well as during my occasional forays on the ungroomed trails among the bumps and trees.

    1. Hi Ron B!
      I think the Deacon will give you not only the hard snow and typical eastern conditions performance, but also some good versatility for different terrain and conditions. Certainly not a powder ski, but neither is the Experience. If you’re 85% groomer, I’d go with the ski that excels in that arena. I’d go with the 177 in that ski for sure. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks for all the help. Your team is a great resource for those of us that don’t get to try out a number of options. Is the Deacon 84 a stiffer ski than the E88? Which one is more suited to those steeper narrow trails that require quick turns and the occasional tail skid?

      2. Hi Ron!
        I’d say the Deacon is stiffer. It’s certainly got more metal in it. Due to the narrower waist and the now-lower system binding, it sounds like the Deacon is what you’re looking for for those quick turns on steeps. Neither ski is a very good skidder. Have fun!
        SE

  13. Hi
    I’m a 57 year old 6′ 170 Lbs advanced to sometimes expert level skier. Ski mostly out west in Tahoe region. Have a pair of Dynastar Speedzone 12 TI (174cm) that I skied on a lot this year on the groomers given the 6+ weeks of no snow in Jan-Feb that we had. Also have a pair of Bonafides (180cm) that I had been skiing on regularly before that. In going back to the Bonafides a few weeks ago I found them to feel very unwieldy and and large – almost like going from a small sports car to a truck. I know they are considered great skies, but now if feels like there is too big of a gap in size and feel between the Dynastars and the Bonafides. Started thinking I would be better served by a mid 80 underfoot ski. Have done some research and gotten some advice and have narrowed down to Experience 88 or Kendo. In your opinion what ski woudl be better in the off piste. I like to do shorter quicker turns through trees, when conditions permit, or moguls. Obviously the ski needs also to have some ability to carve the groomers also, but I do have the Dynastars for pure frontside groomer days and the Bonafides for the heavier snow / powder days. Looking for something that is quick and maneuverable and fun for those 50/50 days (on/off piste)
    Thanks

    1. HI Gavin!
      The short answer is that you’ll get what you want from both. While the Kendo has a higher gear overall, the Experience excels in short and quick turns. So you’re giving up a bit off the top with the Experience, but gaining some multiple-speed traction. The Kendo 88 is a lot livelier and less planky than the previous version, and I was very impressed with the overall composure of the ski. But for quickness and maneuverability, I think the Rossi has it by a nose. Have fun!
      SE

  14. Awesome site and reviews! Extremely helpful on all fronts. I am an 55 year old experienced life time skier who skis weekly 95% of the time on piste in Ontario with some trips to Quebec and Lake Tahoe. I am 6’3 195 lbs and in good shape. I prefer to do more short turns to the get the most out of the run. I don’t spend time in the trees and my knees have told me to avoid moguls:) I have narrowed down to the Experience 88 or the Here Elite Plus. I skied the 88’s and the Hero ST and loved them both. I thought the ST was a little to specific for the times to do longer carves.
    Will need a ski that is best suited for the majority of time spent in Ontario skiing that pitches out a variety of conditions from ice to hard packed to some lucky lucky lucky days of a bit of powder. Would be great to have an all mountain and and a race ski but need to pick one as an everyday ski:) Any advice on which one is the best direction. Thank you and hope you guys are staying safe on your end

    1. Hi Greg!
      Working from home these days, so staying safe as possible! I think you’re going to have a pretty similar experience with the Elite Plus as you did with the ST. Definitely a longer turn, but same overall feel. The Experience 88 will certainly open up the versatility department, as the build and the shape are much better suited to all-mountain skiing versus the front-side oriented Elite Plus. If you’re going for one ski, I’d go Experience. Take care!
      SE

  15. Great advice. Thank you for taking the time to send through. Keep doing the great job you guys are doing and hope all is well with business

  16. Hey guys, thank you for all the good work that you do! Hope you staying safe! Looking for advice – Rossi 88 or Navigator 85? Intermediate skills, 200 lbs, 5’10”, mid forties. Ski NE, mostly groomers, blues and blacks. Leaning towards Rossi 88 in 173 cm. I would appreciate your advice!

    1. Hi SP!
      I’d say the Rossi is slightly stiffer and beefier, but you’ve got two really excellent choices here. A bit more quickness out of the narrower Navigator, and a tad more float out of the wider Experience, but very similar overall feel and personality. I’d say 173 (172 for Nav) is just about right. Take care!
      SE

  17. Hey there, I’m an intermediate skier looking to up my skills and decide on some new skis and I need a little help. Last year I was using a pair of Volkl Revolt 95s which were fun but not really my style – to my mind I guess it was more of a park ski although I have no real complaints about them. I usually stick to blue runs but I’ll try a few blacks now and then. I’m nearly exclusively on-piste all the time and the area where i live tends to have harder snow (I do make it out to BC to ski a couple of times a year though). I don’t really spend a lot of time in the trees, but once in a while I’ll go check things out. I’m not sure if you’d say I’m an aggressive skier; I like my speed but most of the time I’m pretty relaxed and I’m not bombing down the hill. I really like maneuverability, being able to zip around and turn at will. Anyway, from what I’ve seen, I’m looking at either the Head Kore 93 (171cm) or the Rossi Experience 88s. I’m 40, 5’7″. What do you think? I feel like the Head would be the better choice but I’ve heard the Rossi’s will help me improve quicker.. not sure though. as I feel like what I like is kind of all over the map. Much appreciated!

    1. Hi Rick!
      I think if you’re all over the map, a ski like the Experience 88 is the perfect choice. The shorter turn radius allows for that better maneuverability, and they certainly have a better on-piste personality than the Kore, which has more of a freeride shape (although I’d suspect you’d be perfectly happy on those as well). You’ll get a lot better grip and edge control on the Rossi’s than the Revolts for sure. I’d go with the Experience 88 in the 173. Take care!
      SE

  18. Hi,
    I am 176cm, 78kg and 42 years old. I am not a beginner but also not an advanced/expert. I am trying to learn carving and spend most of the time on the groomed red pists. I can at most ski 2 weeks in Europe every year. I am having difficult time in deciding to go with 166cm or 173cm with experience 88. Any recommensations would really help.

    Cheers…

    1. Hi Emrah!
      I’d go with the 173. You’ll like the extra stability, and since they’re still below your head height, they won’t be too long. Have fun!
      SE

  19. So happy I came across you, I’m a 45yo female, 5′-7″ 130lbs, intermediate-advanced. Skiing blacks and blues some trees trying to keep up with my 15yo on the mountains of Utah. Trying to decide between the Rossignol Experience 88 or Dynastar Intense 12. Also wondering the best length? I have a pair of 167 powder Rossignol Spicy and these seemed a bit flobby in the tips. Wondering if I might do better on 158’s? Any suggestions are very much appreciated!!

    1. Hi Kristen!
      I think the Rossignol holds a more pure and true all-mountain personality while the Intense is a bit more on-trail oriented. While this may be better in a carving situation, the Rossignol is no slouch in that department either. You will not find the same tip wobble in the Experience as you do in the Spicy. I’d say 158 is the correct size. Have fun!
      SE

  20. Hi!

    Currently debating between the Rossignol 88 ti or the K2 85 mindbenders? I am 178cm and 73kg. I mostly stick the groomers but venture off sometimes. Which would you recommend and at what length? I am worried the rossignol 180cm will be to much ski for me? Whereas the mindbenders at 177cm might suit better?

    If there is another ski you recommend all ears!

    Nath

    1. HI Nathan!
      If you were to go with the rossignol, I’d advise the 172, as it is a more demanding ski. It sounds like the Mindbender 85 is a good option, but if you’re still improving, you might outgrow it sooner than you’d like. A good intermediary option would be the Rossignol Experience 84, which has more of the build of the 88, but the friendlier shaping of the K2. I’d look to that ski in the 172 as well. Have fun!
      SE

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