The Nova line from Rossignol is all-new for 2020, and the Nova 6 is a light, wood core ski that loves to perform on-trail. Best suited for beginner and intermediate skiers, the 2020 Rossignol Nova 6 has a lot of qualities that are usually associated with much higher-end skis, but in a more user-friendly package. Rossignol’s use of Line Control Technology (LCT) has a lot to do with the light and stable personality of the Nova 6. By putting an additional vertical strut that runs the length of the ski, they become stiffer from tip to tail, but are not heavier. As a result, you get a high-performance flex and feel without the weight or vibrations. These skis end up being smooth and damp, especially so given the light weight feel. There’s slight tip rocker to help you into the turn, but the camber underfoot and throughout the tail really keep these things on course. You’ll feel a ton of energy coming out of the turn, and for emerging carvers, learning how to harness this energy is a huge part of advancing in the sport. Our testers, all on the 156 cm length, loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and forgiveness of the all-new 2020 Rossignol Nova 6
Susan Dorn was appreciative of the 12-meter turn radius, and for a front-side ski, her score of 4 out of 5 for versatility is a good sign that Rossignol is doing something right. She loved the 156 cm length, and called it a “nice, quick, forgiving ski. Good for intermediate and advanced women. Stable at big turns and speed. They can carve and smear nicely.” Good to hear that Susan felt the Nova 6 has a high-performance ceiling and even advanced level skiers can appreciate the stability and turn versatility of the skis. On the flip side, Susan states that there’s “not much snap, but they’re quick edge to edge.” We hope they’re quick, especially given the 74 mm underfoot width.
Katrine Wolfgang was a huge fan of the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of the Nova 6, with all of those categories receiving 4’s out of 5. Her other scores were all 3’s indicating a well-rounded carving ski. Katrine did find the 156 to be on the short side, but that didn’t stop her from enjoying her time on the Nova 6. “This ski surprised me. With the length being short for me, it was a couple of fun runs. Good intermediate ski that turns easily and holds well.” What more is there to say? Who wouldn’t want those qualities in their mid-range carving ski?
Rossignol is certainly on to something here with their Nova ladies and React men’s lines of carving skis. They’re light and stable thanks to the Line Control Technology, and our testers definitely pick up on the benefits of having the stiffness and dampness of a full-metal ski but without the weight. They’re all pretty stoked on these new lines, as they fill a need for a lot of skiers. Built with a wood core and a bunch of higher-end technologies, the 2020 Rossignol Nova 6 sits pretty alongside a huge group of other on-trail specialists.