Rossignol Experience 88
Works great as a Telemark Resort Ski in East. Bought these this season with Hammerhead Bindings. I waited to review these until I have used them in different conditions over the last two months. I have used them in icy crust, slush, eastern powder, and a mix of all above. These just rip on the slopes. They grip on ice and at the same time plow through the junk. They do great in both short radius and longer radius turns. I also do alpine turns both carving and short radius. It performs well in all. I ski them with Scarpa T2X red boots. This ski brought me up another level. I am all over the mountain now. I was a timid intermediate skier before these skis. I was previously skiing on BD Kilowatts with O1 bindings.
I also lent them out to an advanced telemark skier who also is a PSIA level 2 telemark nordic instructor. He just fell in love with them. He is an aggressive expert skier. He had previously did a demo with these with Targa bindings. Not enough binding to make this ski perform. They really perform with the Hammerhead. I was looking at different all mountain skis for resort skiing. Great reviews by alpine ski reviewers. . I was also looking at the Volkl Kendo and decided on these due to they were rated by alpine ski reviewers as more forgiving of form. I am not an aggresive skier and do not ski bumps.In the telemark world, there are not many reviews for resort all mountain skis because of their weight makes them less practical to skin up for mountain touring. This probably will change with the The Experience 88 at 178 with the hammerheads weigh in at 12 lbs 5 ounces by my own measurement. I am 6 ft and 175 lbs. So this would need to be part of a quiver of two if you are going to earn your turns. I bought them from backcountry.com because of their no questions asked return policy. How can one go wrong. Great place to buy equipment