2020 Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti

Rossignol has a great selection of on-trail specific skis that thrive on G-Forces and high-speeds. If you like going fast, are in a recreational race league, or are a groomer carving enthusiast, the 2020 Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti is a fantastic choice. The MT stands for Multi-Turn, as it’s a bit more well-rounded than the other skis in the Hero Elite line. Built with a Poplar wood core, they’re on the softer side, but add to that Rossignol’s Line Control Technology, and you’ve got a pretty stiff, stable, and damp ski on which to shred. The turn radius is length-dependent, so the longer the ski, the longer the turn radius. Even so, at 183, the 16-meter turn radius is pretty short, so it’s safe to assume that these things like to be on edge. Slight tip rocker ensures smooth transitions between turns, making it easier and more user-friendly than a fully cambered ski. That said, when you lay these things over, expect to come around pretty quickly. At 74 mm underfoot the Hero Elite MT is built to hang on some pretty glare ice, as the narrower the waist, the stronger the torsional stiffness. Advanced and expert level skiers will glean the most performance out of these skis, and our testers loved the stiffness and versatile turning ability of the 2020 Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti.

Steve Sulin is a member of his local ski bum race team, and he quickly points out that this will be “my race ski for next year. Can’t wait!” Steve tested the 175 cm length and found it to be appropriate. His top scores of 5’s out of 5 for stability, maneuverability, edge hold, and overall impression are quite amazing, although not entirely unsurprising. These skis are built for those types of scores. The converse is also true, however, with low scores being awarded for flotation, playfulness, and forgiveness. Versatility found its way down the list as well, as these skis are pretty set in their ways. At the end of the day, though, Steve will light it up next year on the ski bum race circuit on the Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti.

Also on the 175, Mike Thomas would have sized up if possible. Like Steve, Mike had low scores for flotation and versatility, which are appropriately low. If they scored high for something like flotation, they probably wouldn’t be such adept carvers. But that’s not the case, and Mike does a good job in pointing out these subtle and simple differences. His top scores were for quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness. With a Poplar wood core instead of an Ash wood core found in the other Hero Elite models, you do get a bit more of a flex with the MT.

Marcus Shakun is pretty tall, so it’s no wonder he’d prefer the 183 over his 175 cm test length. But that didn’t stop him from having a wonderful time ripping up the corduroy here at Stowe. His top scores of 5 out of 5 were given for quickness, playfulness, edge hold, and overall impression. While Marcus was the only tester to score the MT high for playfulness, he probably is interpreting that as playing on the groomers as opposed to a more “freestyle” character. Marcus calls the MT a “one ski quiver for the front side. Edge to edge it was lightning-quick. Energetic and snappy out of the turn, stable on edge, and damper shovel with a stiffer tail.” This difference in flex allows you to really push into the turn and hold it strong throughout.

The Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti is a great example of a front side ski that has been designed and built just right. They’re not that versatile, but rather excel in the one area that it’s intended for. If you’re looking to lay down some serious trenches or gain a few points in your local beer league race, look no further than the Hero Elite MT.


Marcus Shakun

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

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Steve Sulin

Age: 44Height: 6'"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

Mike Thomas

Age: 50Height: 6'3"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Upright, fluid, nimble, and powerful

12 Comments on the “2020 Rossignol Hero Elite MT Ti”

  1. For pure east coast front side hard snow, with some occasional moguls thrown in, would you take this or the Elite Plus TI?

    1. Hi Skinnier!
      I’d go with the wider Plus over the MT just to have that bit of extra versatility for occasional bumps. Still carves like the dickens, so no worries there. Have fun!

  2. Hi all,

    Thank you for the great in depth reviews. What is the biggest difference between MT ti and PLUS ti? What size should i go with. I am an aggresive , sporty Carver. 5’11” tall who would like to have something more forgiving than the current Racetiger sl in 165.

    Thanks for the reply

    1. HI Alex!
      The Plus is a bit wider underfoot, so it doesn’t have the quickness of the MT, but it’s pretty close. The narrower waist of the MT gives it a more delicate balance point and has more of a race feel to it. Both will be more forgiving than your current skis, so it all comes down to how wide you want your waist. Same build overall, just different widths and therefore turn radii. Have fun!

  3. Good morning, I am a skier of 42 years, 82Kg, 182cm and I ski about 30 days a year. In good physical shape, with intermediate-advanced level and eager to progress and perfect my carving on the track.

    . I always come from skiing with all mountain and recently I was in the alps and decided to rent some 100% piste skis, since it was difficult to evolve with my 78mm Head Chip.

    The first question they asked me was if I wanted to do long or short turns, and since I do not compete in any specific discipline, my answer was, I do turns of all kinds. I love going fast and wide turns, like doing slalom turns, I adapt to the track. Saying that, I thought there would be no ideal ski, and they told me that there was one that would surely suit me. I was going with the idea of ​​a RaceTiger, but they offered me the Rossignol, Hero Elite Multi Turn 175cm E15 Carbon. They told me that with that ski I could make curves with several turns (I did not know whether to believe it) I tried them two days and I liked them a lot, I do not know if they are the first 100% piste skis I try or because they are good skis.

    Lately they have also recommended the Volkl DEACON 74 or 74 Pro, but I do not know if they could make different turns with them as with the Hero Multiturn, or on the contrary you recommend others. I also would not like them to be excessively rigid

    I think in a while I will use the All Mountain and ski only with the 100% piste and other freeride.

    My 4 options today would be:

    ROSSIGNOL Hero Elite Multi Turn Carbon
    ROSSIGNOL Hero Elite Multi Turn Ti (also maybe could be a good option)

    VÖLKL Deacon 74

    VÖLKL Deacon 74 Pro

    I don’t know if you would recommend one of these 4, or perhaps another.

    Thank you

    1. HI Carlos!
      To start, the Deacon 74 and 74 Pro are the same ski–just depends on whether you want a system binding (74), or a race plate on which you have to purchase a separate binding that is compatible with the plate (74 PRO). With the Rossignol skis, the heavier Ti model adds both weight and stability. The Carbon version is less like a race ski versus the Ti, so will be less stiff and lighter. The Deacon 74 has more of a similar build to their Race Tiger skis, but the addition of slight tip and tail rocker make it more accessible and less demanding while retaining the stability–pretty cool concept, I think. Deacon will be damper than MT CA, but similar to MT Ti. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi Ski Essentials – thanks for all the great reviews! I tried out and loved the Multi-Turn at a Rossi demo day last year. Took out the ST and LT as well and didn’t enjoy them as much. I have a full quiver of powder and all-mountain skis so am looking for something specifically carving. My question is if there are any other skis you’d suggest demoing or should I just go ahead and get these ones? Like Carlos said earlier, I love how flexible these skis were in not tying me to one specific turn shape. I prefer faster/shorter turns but like to open it up when conditions, and other skiers, allow. Thanks for your advice!

    1. Hi Eric!!
      The Volkl Deacon 74/76 and the Blizzard Firebird HRC/Comp would be comparable models to the MT and the Plus, allowing for incredible edge grip and a race-like feel in a wider body than the true race models. If you loved the MT, there’s not much reason to go further in your search, but it’s always interesting seeing what a different brand offers in the similar models. Have fun!

  5. Hi Ski Essentials,
    I am looking for new skis to use for skiing in Ontario.
    When I ski in Europe I use Stockli SL in 160 length. I am looking at a cheaper ski to use in Ontario as the slopes are not challenging and am trying yo safe money as well. I found the Rossi Hero Elite MT ti at a decent price in 159 length. I am 5’3” and 170 lbs. is it a good and somewhat comparable choice to the Stockli for me?

    1. Hi Olga!
      Yup! I think that’s a great choice. A bit longer of a turn radius, but not by much, and more width underfoot, but again, not by much. Both are going to be great on-trail performers, and I think the sizing is right on. Have fun!

  6. Hi- I’m looking for skis to use on hard pack and ice. I am female, age 58, 5’4″, 133 lbs, expert level and ski about 40 days a year, split between east and west. I absolutely love my Black Pearl 98’s when there is enough snow as they are very versatile but need a ski dedicated to eastern conditions. I picked up a pair of Rossignol World famous 10 156cm on sale at demo day. They do hold on ice but I find they need to be skied with technical precision all of the time. They are a lot heavier than my Black Pearls as well. I tried out the Hero Elite ST Ti 159 cm and they were super fast and solid. Also tried the Hero Elite MT carbon 159cm, E13. Great ski but not quite as quick with the short turns. Both of these skis were easier to ski technically than the World Famous, more forgiving, and excellent on ice and hard pack. I have the opportunity to buy a pair of Hero Elite MT Ti E15, 159cm. How much heavier are the Ti than the carbon? Can you tell me what the “E13 or E15 stands for”? Do you think the MT Ti will be more of a long turn ski than the MT carbon? Is this the ski for me?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. HI Karen-Lee!
      Are you seeing the E on the ski or is it in the product description somewhere? If it’s on the ski, the font might be misleading–I think it’s an R and it stands for Radius. I could be mistaken, so let me know. The Ti is the way to go if you’re looking for more stability and strength on the ice, no doubt. I’d go with the MT Ti. Have fun!

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