2020 Rossignol Sky 7 HD

The 2020 Rossignol Sky 7 HD is a fantastic choice for skiers who are looking for a light, versatile, and maneuverable ski for all-mountain terrain and conditions. These are built to hit a huge swath of skiers from intermediates to lighter-weight experts. Unchanged for 2020 except for graphics, the Sky 7 retains the quickness and sharp-turning nature with a fresh new look. Made with a Paulownia wood core and a carbon/alloy matrix laminate, these skis remain stable underfoot at some pretty high speeds. The Air Tip 2.0 Technology makes them super-light in the swing weight department, so be prepared for some quick turns. Great for bumps and trees, these highly-maneuverable skis are perfect for exploration and adventure. At 98 mm underfoot, they have a versatile shape that can be used for freeride and all-mountain applications. Our testers were pretty high on their quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness.

Evan Caha skied the 180 and found it to be a bit short. That said, his high scores for playfulness and versatility fit right in to what Rossignol is going for with the Sky 7. “Great ski! Tight turns, holds an edge on big carves, and is a good floater in powder and crud.” Evan also notes that the five-point sidecut and long tip taper does make them feel short: “Taper on tip is far back so size up. Floaty tip and great camber underfoot when on edge. Feel free to go anywhere and do it all better!” Great info from Evan, while being on the big side for this length, he’s still able to point out the benefits and versatile construction of the Sky 7.

Phil McGrory also skied the 180, and like Evan, found it to be short. Phil gave top scores of 4’s out of 5 for flotation and versatility. This is usually indicative of a strong soft-snow performer. “Very versatile but excels in soft snow. Carves well for its waist width once on edge.” Again, that longer tip and tail taper really makes for a positive experience in soft snow because it is so darn smooth. Phil pegs these skis to be “appropriate for intermediate to advanced skiers.”

Dave Carter liked the 180 that he tested, and his high score of 4 out of 5 for forgiveness is strong evidence of the softer and lighter tips and tails. All of his other scores were 3’s out of 5, indicating that the ski is a well-rounded all-mountain ski. Like the other testers, David liked that it’s a “soft-snow ski that performed well in bumps and trees.” That five-point sidecut and the light swing weight do make it a lot of fun in those shorter turns, and our testers certainly are picking up on this personality.

Elissa DeGolyer found the 180 to be the right length for her and loved the flotation, stability, and quickness of the ski. The rest of her scores were all 3’s so it echoes David’s sentiments of the versatile nature of the Sky 7. Elissa does a great job pointing out potential audiences “Great ski for the new intermediate to graduate into an all-mountain ski. The actual effective edge feels a lot shorter than the ski, which opens up options in terms of types of turns made.” Great analysis from Elissa here, noting that the shape and radius of the ski really make this ski stand out in a crowded field of ~98 mm underfoot all-mountain boards.

Our testers all were pretty stoked on the quickness and maneuverability of the Sky 7. They all picked up on the five-point sidecut and longer tip taper shape. This definitely makes a difference, and since it’s unique to Rossignol’s designs, certainly is worth checking out, especially if you enjoy making more and shorter turns in variable terrain and conditions.

Testers

Dave Carter

Age: 61Height: 5'9"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: They don't call me "carving" Dave Carter for nothin'

Phil McGrory

Age: 31Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

Evan Caha

Age: 30Height: 5'10"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and adventurous with a love for high edge angles

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 30Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Kristi Brown

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

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

44 Comments on the “2020 Rossignol Sky 7 HD”

  1. These and the Saloman QST 99 seem pretty similar. I’m 6′, 175, age 56, intermediate-advanced, ski Colorado 50 days a year. Is the choice here 6 of 1, half dozen of the other or would one of these ski work a little better?

    1. Hi Dave!
      I’d say the Salomon is quite a bit more stable and damp. The Sky is a great floater and a quick turner. If you are looking for a more powerful ski, I’d go with the Salomon, but if you like short turns, trees, moguls, or slower speeds, the Sky is a better choice. Look to the 180-ish length for your size and stats. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Hi William!
      Yup, I’d go with the longer length. They’re very maneuverable, so I don’t see you having any issues getting them around. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thank you for your advice.
        Now I do find myself more in the rough/off pist than on trail, but I still enjoy smooth carving turns on big red slopes. Would something like the SOLOMON 99 QST be a better choice?

      2. I think so, William.
        The 99 is super smooth and stable, and even more so in the 2020 version. Longer edge length due to less taper as well as cork in the tips make it very compliant in big sweeping turns. Have fun!
        SE

  2. Thank you for help, one last question :). I’ve heard and read a lot about the QST 99 2020 version now and what are the pros in comparison to the 2019 version?

    1. Hi William!
      The 2020 has a longer effective edge resulting in a smoother turn. Additionally, the cork in the tip replaces the koroyd, giving the ski more stability and damping. It’s a bit heavier than the 2019, and not quite as good/playful in fresh snow. So if you’re spending more time on the groomers/trails, the 2020 is a stronger ski, but if you’re touring/backcountry/powder oriented, the 2019 is lighter and more maneuverable. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. Hi !
    I tried the 2019 sky 7 HD in 180 this year and found it really good. Turning with those is so easy !
    I’m 6’2″ / 73Kg, age 32, pretty good skier.
    I liked it so much I want to buy it (2019 or 2020 version) but not sure if I should go for the 188 or 180.

    what do you guys think ?

    1. Hi Stephane!
      Due to its ease of turning, I’d recommend the 188. I’m about the same size as you and I find the 180 to just be too short. Still nimble and agile at that 188, though!
      SE

  4. Sky or Soul? 172 or 180?

    50 years old. 5’8” 185lbs. Northern Utah (Powder Mountain).

    Moved to northern Utah a few years ago as a pretty inexperienced beginner. Decided I would get into skiing last season, bought a season pass and some K2 Pinnacle 88’s with some much appreciated guidance from you. Skied twice a week last season, got the basic on piste skills, and consider myself an intermediate now.

    I’ve started to feel the pull of the off piste powder this year and have been pushing myself out into it. While the 88’s are marketed in the “all mountain” category, they obviously favor the groomed. We got 30 inches of powder last weekend and decided I can’t wait another year to really get out in it.

    Trying to decide between the Sky and the Soul. I don’t bomb down the face, and I like being in control as much as possible. And I will still be on the groomed at times even when there is powder which pushes me toward the Sky. At the same time, I want to have a ski that can really handle “the greatest snow on earth” when we have those deep powder storms which leans me toward the wider Soul. I will still have the 88’s around for early in the season or when there is no new powder to be found.

    You made great recommendations to me with the 88’s when I was learning on the groomers, now I’m looking for what can teach me how to play in the powder. I’m looking for whichever is the most comfortable and controllable for someone learning to powder ski, but want to make sure I’m going wide enough to truly be a good ski in the powder.

    Also, I understand with amount of rocker the 7’s have that people tend to size up with these. My 88’s are 174’s. Knowing that I am learning and wanting to feel in control, would you recommend staying down at the 172’s or move up to 180?

    Thanks for the guidance! Your opinion will certainly shape my choice.

    Jim

    1. Hi Jim!
      I think the 88 to the Soul makes more sense for a two ski quiver. It’s built the same as the Sky, just wider. While they don’t excel in the groomed, much like the Pinnacle’s powder performance, the Soul is a highly capable floater. I think the 172 is the way to go. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Well, I officially have a “quiver”! Took the new souls out yesterday as the snow was falling. Went down a couple of groomed runs that were topped with a few inches of fresh to get a feel for the skies and then headed off the beaten path for some of the 30 inches of untouched powder we have had this week. As it turned out we got another 7 inches while I was skiing that morning. At one point I stuck one of my piles in the untouched area and it went straight down to the handle with no effort. I still have a lot to learn, but was so glad I had some fatter skies and really enjoyed getting away from the groomed runs and feeling that surfy floaty feel. Thanks again for the recommendations!

  5. One more question on the 7’s. What bindings do you like for these skis? My current boots are Solomon XPro X90’s. The bindings on my 88’s are Solomon Warden 13’s. Would another set of Warden’s at 100 or 110 respectively be good on the 7’s or would you suggest a different binding?

    Thanks again,
    Jim

    1. Jim,
      Yup! All those 13’s are pretty much the same. We pair those skis with either the Tyrolia Attack 13 or the Marker Griffon, but the Warden is right up there alongside those in terms of performance. Have fun!
      SE

  6. I’m male, 72, 5 feet 7 ,145 pounds . A life long strong skier, I prefer powder and off piste to groomers but do enjoy carving down groomers at a decent speed. I live in a Whistler so deal with both west coast concrete as well as powder. I tried the 172cm Soul 7 and although they are great in powder the are too wide underfoot (104) for me to hold an edge on harder, packed snow at speed. My day to day ski is the Volkl Kendo,164cm which are a great all mountain skis but I am looking for a powder ski and am thinking of buying the Sky 7 HD, either the 172 or 164 cm . Any thought as to the right length for me.
    Thanks for any input.
    John

    1. Hi John!
      I think you’re in the right spot for sure. I usually recommend a 10 mm difference between ski widths to effectively build your quiver, and you’re right there. If you liked the feel of the Soul but want a quicker ski, then the Sky is the way to go. If you like the length of the Kendo, I’d stick to it in the Sky, although a bump to the 172 wouldn’t be out of the question for an easy-turner like the Rossi. Have fun!
      SE

  7. I’m a male, 44, 6’5″, 260lbs. Just getting back into skiing and consider myself an intermediate skier (Level 5-6). I usually ski Park City for a week each year (and would like to do more). I have been renting for the past 6 years and am looking for a easy-riding, easy-turning ski that can be used all over the mountain. I usually stay on piste on the blues, but am likely to try some off-piste and tree runs as my kids are begging to try them. I had a set of Smash 7’s last year and liked them, but I think I was overpowering them (I skied the 180 length). I really liked the way that the Rossi’s felt, but I think that I may want to get something more substantial if I am going to progressing. Thoughts on the Sky 7 vs. others? Also, should I go longer than 180? That is the longest ski that I have done so far and it was really nice to have that much ski both underfoot but ahead of me as well for stability.

    Thanks,
    Preston

    1. Hi Preston!
      I think you’ll have a similar experience with the Sky due to your size. Quite soft in the tips and tails, so you might feel the overpowering in that ski too. Check out the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 for a bit burlier of a ski, but nothing crazy. Based solely on your stats, I’d look longer than 180, but if you want to be comfortable and having an easy-going ski, then 180 is fine. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks! Does the tail release well (and easily)? I like smearing my turns vs. hard charging GS-style carves. Thanks again for all of the great insights and reviews. I will definitely be buying from you guys when I decide!

      2. Hi Preston!
        Definitely a good smearing ski. There is a good amount of camber underfoot, but it’s not too stiff, so it is easy to manipulate. Have fun!
        SE

      3. Hi Preston!
        We pair those with either the Tyrolia Attack 13 or the Marker Griffon 13. Both are more than acceptable in terms of performance and safety.
        SE

  8. Hi. I’m debating the Bench Chetler 100 vs. Sky 7. I am 58 years old, 178 lbs. I ski a lot in the trees of Steamboat but like moguls and get on groomers at times. I have skiied many years and am currently skiing on the Atomic Access 171 or Rossi E84 on packed snow days (180).

    Thoughts on the two choices and lengths? Thanks. Bodie!

    1. Hi Bodie!
      The Atomic is a bit more consistent from tip to tail while the Sky has lighter and softer tips and tails. While that’s great for trees and powder, it can be a bit floppier on groomers than the Atomic. Both great skis, but I’d lean to the Atomic for all-around versatility. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Hi
    First of all thank you so much for your reviews: they are excellent!! But I need your help with so many choice!

    I’m 5’5″, 187lb and 46 years old (been skiing for 40 years). I’ve been riding Dynastar Powertrack 89 Ti (fun, agile) for 3 years but I am now looking for a ski that would allow me to go more into powder without taking the fun on red/black pistes.
    Which ski would you advise me? I am hesitating between Blizzard Rustler 10 and Head Core 99, but any suggestion would be very much welcomed!
    Yours

    1. Hi Ced!
      I think the Kore 99 is a great choice. It’s stiff like your Dynastar, but has a lighter feel which will be good for softer snow while not giving up too much on-piste. The Rustler is great, but if you’re used to the burliness of the Powertrack, I fear you’ll find the tips and tails too light. Hope that helps!
      SE

  10. Hi there!
    I find this thread very useful, thank your for your attention to everyone’s questions.

    I’m 5’11 185lbs, 35 y/o male – I’ve been demoing skis this season. Hopped on the sky 7’s 180cm for my first pair and instantly fell in love with them. I’m currently on some icelantic nomad 105 and to be frank I am not enjoying those skis, they feel bulky and heavy, and quite cumbersome In the trees. I’m certain I’m going to buy the sky 7’s. I’m a mix of trees/glades and your standard piste skier (chop, groomed, powder). I’ll be honest, I avoid moguls unless there is no other choice. Love bombing down a good groomer. I have a pair of 180cm sitting in my cart right now. Is that the right size for me? What does the difference between 180 and 188 feel like? Why would I go for 180 vs 188 and vice versa?

    1. Thanks, Adrian!
      I do find that they ski short, only because they’re highly maneuverable. Yes, the 188 will give you more stability in bombing situations, but if you have skied the 180 and love it, I’m not going to talk you out of it. Additionally, the 180 is not too short of a size for you I’d say. Have fun!
      SE

  11. I skied the Sky 7 off piste at St moritz – very steep and Very deep. I loved it. I like all-mountain Boards because I usually Ski Ruby, Diamond, sapphire and the Couloir at Blackcomb on a Solomon BBR – which holds up under any aggressive ‘ make it or bite it’ scenario. Most testers don’t seem to think the Sky 7 holds up in aggressive conditions – maybe I missed something?

    1. HI Carl!
      I think it’s all there underfoot, but I found the tips to be quite flexible. Great for soft snow and tight turns, but I didn’t quite have the confidence to drive it hard in all conditions and terrain. To each their own!
      SE

  12. Hi Essential team!
    Great and informative reviews on this site!
    Love skiing the NE: Jay, Mad River, Sugarbush. A lover of the quick turn: trees, bumps, and bumps in trees! Often dip into side country. I’m expert 5’9″, 155lbs 60+ young, been on 175 Dyna Intuitives. Sky 7 HD looks to have my name on them, but 172 or 180? Is there any difference 2019’s vs 2020’s?
    Thanks
    Joe

    1. Hi Joe!
      Yup, sounds like a Sky skier for sure!
      I’d go 180 if you find yourself out on open trails at all, but 172 if you’re pretty exclusive to the bumps and trees. No difference between 19 and 20. Take care!
      SE

  13. Kia ora SE team!
    I’ve spent a decent amount of lockdown over here in NZ looking in to options for new skis.
    I’m 5’10 175lbs, 30 y/o male. Intermediate to advanced skier. Been skiing on some 2013 Volkl Mantras 177 for the last couple years. I’ve enjoyed them but do find them a little cumbersome at times when exploring for chutes or searching for powder pockets. Often this involves navigating rocks and tussocks. I’m not a super hard charger on the pistes and probably don’t use the ski to it’s full potential but I still like to get them cranked over for a bit of carving when off piste is no good. The other thing is that we unfortunately don’t get loads of powder down here so I’m wondering if though the Sky 7 180 sounds very maneuverable(which I like the sounds of) it’s soft snow abilities probably aren’t needed here? Your thoughts? Have you skied here in New Zealand at all?
    Cheers
    Jonny

    1. Hi Jonny!
      Not many of us have skied in NZ–a few people on staff ties to Chile and Argentina though! You’ll find the Sky to feel pretty noodly next to the beefy Mantra, so I’d have that reserved pretty specifically for soft snow. For a bit of a blend, check out the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 for something stronger than the Sky but a bit more friendly than the Mantra. Take care!
      SE

  14. Will these skis for for my son? He’s 12 and he’s 5’4″ and 100lbs. He shreds pretty good… but I’m worried that he’s too light weight for this ski. We like to ski in the trees but our local hill also has amazing groomers. Thoughts?

    1. HI Marc!
      I think he’s a bit on the light side, and I’m only seeing them going down to a 156, so I’d make sure the sizing is appropriate as well. There’s a lot of great junior skis out there that ski much like adult skis, check out the Volkl Confession, Mantra, and Katana junior, as well as the Nordica Enforcer S. Have fun!
      SE

  15. I am looking at a pair of these for my son and trying to figure out what length. He is 15, 5’10” and can ski most anything on the mountain, but is only 115 lbs. His height has gone up a ton in the last year and I assume he will grow a few more inches in the next year. His last skis were the Sir Francis Bacon Shorty in the 155 length which he used for a couple years and really liked them. The majority of our skiing is at Whistler, so have a huge variety of terrain. He likes going in the trees but we also ski some bowls and steeps. I am thinking that the 172 is probably the right size for this season, but since he is growing if he could work with the 180 skis this year they might be a better longer term option. I guess the question is do they ski short enough at 180 for him to get by this year at his current size? Or if I go with 172 when he is 6’2 and 130 lbs the following season would they already be way too short?

    1. Hi Reid!
      They do ski short, so I think the 180 is the best bet for multiple seasons of use. Perhaps a bit long at first, but overall likely the right choice. Have fun!
      SE

  16. Hey Guys,

    Just moved to New England to be closer to the mountain. Grew up in Delaware coming up to VT 4-5 days a year to ski. I’m a strong intermediate looking to move smoothly into advanced. I’m looking to transition from a pair of 2017 VOLKL RTM’s that at 166 feel like they aren’t keeping up as I progress. I like to go fast, but will still carve at a decent rate. Mostly black and blue groomers/powder, but want there to be more powder in my future. I’m used to icy conditions and want something that will make me feel secure as I move around but be there for me as I slowly begin to explore powder, and trees. I’m 30 5’11” 180lbs. Looking for a longer one quiver ski to grow with me in New England. These seem perfect but looking for your opinion, I am deciding between these 180cm, and the 2020 Solomon qst 92’s.

    1. HI Tyler!
      Both great choices. The QST has a bit more substance to it, and with a slightly narrower waist, makes for a better eastern ski for a larger majority of the time. The Sky, at 98 mm underfoot and with a floaty tip and tail, doesn’t quite jive with the firmer days, but is a better tree and powder ski. Overall, I’d push you to the QST, given that it will serve you well in both the hard and soft days with a bit more room to grow and progress. Certainly better at speed due to the added stability. Have fun!
      SE

  17. Thanks! It’s much appreciated. Ha, I started to reply but realized I may have too many questions..

    In short, what’s going to make this one tougher on firm days? Ha, I’ve kind of fallen in love but recognize being in the middle of VT there will be plenty of icy days. Is there something else you’d suggest? I was drawn to these because of low price, high quality, light weight to practice quick turns, a little more width in case I move out west in the future (I really don’t want to buy again for awhile), and in increased length compared to what I have. Like I said I’m an intermediate advanced that likes to go fast, but definitely looking for a do it all one pair of sticks.

    1. Hi Tyler!
      That’s what we’re here for! I think I was pushing you to the QST 92, mostly because it’s more consistent from tip to tail. The Sky is solid and stable underfoot, but has very light and soft tips and tails. While this is great for soft snow and quick turns, it doesn’t really translate well to the firmer snow. If you have any strength or weight at all on the front of the ski when the snow is hard, there’s some pretty good flap going on there. I do have a friend she weighs about 105 pounds, and the Sky 7 is great for her, but I do have a harder time recommending it to bigger skiers, even at a good price. Hope that helps!
      SE

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