The all-new 2020 Rossignol Nova 10 Ti represents the higher end of the Nova series, which is aimed at beginner to advanced ladies who primarily stick to the groomers. The Nova 10 Ti is built with a Ti Wood core and a Line Control Technology (LCT) Ti strip that does a really good job of making the ski stick to the snow and minimize vibrations. At 160 cm length, the skis have a 12-meter turn radius that is perfect for tight turns and strong carves. It still manages to be a light ski, and Rossignol’s use of the LCT certainly works as intended, making the ski very strong for how little it weighs. Tip-only rocker ensures proper carving, while the camber underfoot and flat tail really lock you into the turn. Our testers were all enthralled with the crazy combination of lightweight and performance.
Allison Ruschp skied the 160 cm length and it was a bit short for her, but not by much. As such, she loved the quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness of the Nova 10 Ti, with all of those categories receiving 5’s out of 5. Additionally, her overall impression of 5 out of 5 for the ski is quite telling of Allison’s experience on this new ski. “Easy, light, and fun! Best for a beginner and intermediate, this ski has it all—very forgiving, holds an edge, and easy to turn.” Great description from Alli here, and the fact that a ski with metal can be considered good for beginners leads us to believe that the lightness and the LCT has something to do with it.
Also on the 160, Darcy Mangan found the size to be proper. Her top score was a 5 out of 5 for stability, which for a ski of this weight, is pretty darn impressive. She had a highly-favorable overall impression, scoring it a 4 out of 5. Based off her quotes, it sounds like she was surprised with how capable the Nova 10 Ti is: “Disguised front-side ripper. Feels a bit clunky at first but flies with ease once engaged. These skis put a huge smile on my face. Despite the short turn radius, they like long, fast carves.” Great stuff from Darcy, who seems to have found a nice little carving ski!
Kristi Brown ripped a few runs on the 160, and found it to be “super-short.” Despite that, she had no scores lower than a 4, with the exception of a 5 out of 5 for quickness and maneuverability. “Do not let the light weight fool you because it’s winning in the light weight division.” She also notes that they seem like they’ll help skiers at the intermediate level progress quickly, making this ski a good option for skiers who are looking to improve their carving skills.
The 160 must’ve been a popular length, because Nifer Hoehn skied it too. She not only found it to be the proper length, but also scored it 5’s for a number of categories, including stability, quickness, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. None of her scores fell below 4, so it’s safe to say that Nifer was pretty impressed. “Sweet ski—wasn’t expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. Light ski that skis like a much heavier ski. Solid throughout the turn and is really playful.” Thanks to the tip rocker, Nifer noted that the “tip initiates super-easily and they hold solid in the turn.” Nifer is really feeling the camber underfoot and flat tail when she finds herself underlining certain descriptive words about the Nova 10 Ti.
Who doesn’t like a light weight ski that carves like a much heavier board? If you could have the same stiffness and stability without the weight when it comes to a front side carver, wouldn’t you like it too? It’s pretty impressive when we see a group of testers who are consistently and pleasantly surprised with the overall nature and character of a particular ski. Hats off to Rossignol and their poised Nova 10 Ti!