For 2020, Rossignol has left the Sky 7 HD W pretty much alone except for the graphic change. It’s still a super-quick, light, easy to use all-mountain ski that has a huge sweet spot. Featuring a five-point sidecut that allows the skis to make shorter-radius turns while remaining pretty wide underfoot, the Sky 7 W is a fantastically versatile ski that has a ton of capabilities and a wide skill range. Built with an HD core consisting of carbon alloy and paulownia wood, the Sky 7 W is light and quick, but still pretty darn stable underfoot. The tips and tails get the Air Tip 2.0 treatment, so they’re very light and maneuverable. By lowering the swing weight, Rossignol makes a super-quick ski that can handle a ton of different turn shapes and styles. Our testers definitely pick up on the lightness and quickness of these skis due to the shape and build. It’s pretty apparent, and sets the Sky 7 W apart in a competitive field of ~98 underfoot all-mountain skis.
Darcy Mangan skied the 164 and found it to be the right length. She had a lot of high scores; all 4’s for flotation, quickness, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. Her low score of 2 out of 5 for stability isn’t that surprising, given the lightness of the tips and tails. That said, for what it’s made for, the Sky 7 has a whole lot going for it. Darcy calls it “light and playful. The tip chatter in the crud made it feel a bit unstable.” That’s the compromise for this ski in Darcy’s mind. On the flip side, the Sky 7 is “good for an intermediate looking for a versatile ski that’s easy in and out of turns.” That five-point sidecut really makes a difference when it comes to the ease of carving.
Annie MacDonald skied the 172 and found it to be short. Since the men’s and women’s Sky 7 are identical in construction but have different lengths, she could/should be on the 180 in the men’s version. “Great in soft snow and woods—playful and a lot of flotation.” Annie points out the con to that pro by stating that “it’s probably not the best groomer ski, felt short. Good for intermediate and advanced skiers who like off-piste skiing and woods.” Annie’s top scores for playfulness, forgiveness, and maneuverability certainly support her claims of the Sky 7 being a top performer in glades and bumps.
Another 164 skier, Kelsey Boleski would have been happier on the 172. It’s definitely worth noting the sizing preferences with these testers, as most of them have found the Sky 7 to feel short. She calls it a “user-friendly ski with a playful personality. Easy to maneuver at low or high speeds. Great all-mountain tool for ay ability.” Good feedback from Kelsey here, noting the importance of having a well-rounded ski, and that’s especially beneficial when you’re appealing to a broad audience.
The Rossignol Sky 7 HD W is a highly agile and nimble ski that can make a bunch of different turn shapes and styles. While not a hard-snow carver by any means, once the snow softens up or gets refreshed, the Sky 7 really comes to life. For skiers looking for a soft-snow ski with a love for turning, the Sky 7 is a great choice. From moguls and trees to powder and crud, the Sky 7 has a huge range of personalities, and fits a wide swath of ability levels. Based on our testers feedback, it’s worth considering sizing up when shopping for a Sky 7 HD W.