2020 Rossignol Nova 14 Ti

The new Nova series from Rossignol is an on-trail, women’s-specific line that is built for ripping groomers. They’ve got a ski for all front-side skiers, and the Nova 14 Ti sits right at the top of the line. Built with Rossignol’s Line Control Technology (LCT), the skis have a tremendous amount of fore-aft stiffness and a ton of dampness. The 12-meter turn radius at 160 cm length is certainly on the short side, but if you’re looking to rail some sweet turns on the fresh corduroy, this is the ski on which to do it. The 74 mm waist width is narrow enough to generate a ton of torsional stiffness and edge grip. Advanced skiers will glean the best performance, but it’s an accessible ski for a wide range of skier types. This build is perfect for on-trail skiing, and our testers love the light weight, ease of use, and high-end feel of the Nova 14 Ti. All of our testers were on the 160 cm length.

Caroline Kessler had some strong and positive feelings about the new Nova 14 Ti. She scored it 5’s out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. This is right in line with what Rossignol is looking for, and Caroline sure nailed it with her review and scores. “Amazing carving ski. Super quick and stable edge to edge, absolutely can handle high speeds and aggressive turns.” Caroline continues on to target the ski’s audience: “Great ski for an ex-racer who wants good grip and a dynamic ski.” That fits right in to Caroline’s scores and Rossignol’s intended application for the ski, so we chalk that up as a win.

Allison Ruschp was “really impressed with the Nova 14 Ti. It handles the front side terrain like a breeze. Smooth turns from start to finish. Stable and fun to ski. Take this ski all over, women will love this front side ski.” Alli goes on to note that although it does have a wide range of skier ability, “since it has the titanal, it’s probably not the most forgiving in this category.” But in regards to its pliable and easy-going nature, “I was able to push this ski without getting thrown out of the turn.” Alli’s overall impression score of 5 out of 5 certainly backs up her overwhelmingly positive comments about the Nova 14 Ti.

Kristi Brown even went so far as to say “the Nova 14 danced me to the moon and back!” Wow! Her scores did not dip below 4 out of 5 with stability hitting that 5 mark as well as overall impression. How could it not? “Front-side fast morning groomer. This ski is best for advanced intermediate to expert level skiers.” As a testament to the high-performance ceiling of the Nova 14, Kristi says that “the more you give the more you get!” This is indicative of a ski that rarely sees its highest performance but responds well to challenges.

Nifer Hoehn brought her racing background to the test and loved the Nova 14 Ti. Her overall impression of the ski is a 4 out of 5, with stability, quickness, playfulness, and edge hold also garnering scores of 4. For a ski that is destined to spend most of its life on groomed terrain, it should certainly excel in these categories. “Fun ski that is both dependable and reliable. Nice and easy turn initiation and nice energy out of the turn. I liked the weight and maneuverability. They held well through the turn.” That said, Nifer would like to have “a little more pop out of the turn.” Can’t have it all, can we?

It’s sounding more and more like Rossignol has done a great job with the new Nova series, and specifically the Nova 14 Ti. These on-trail masters will carve it up like nobody’s business and leave nothing but beautiful round carves in its wake.

Testers

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

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

Allison Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer who's calmed herself down

Darcy Mangan

Age: 43Height: 5'6"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and happy, just like it should be

Caroline Kessler

Age: 24Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

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