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Are you Experienced?

There's a lot of mountain to ski, and only a few short hours of daylight to get it all done, so you'd better strap on the Rossignol Experience 88 Ski and stop wasting time. The Experience is down to get after it whether it's gray and snowy, bluebird with fresh corduroy, icy midwinter in New England, or a little bit of everything rolled up into one afternoon, thanks to its lightweight construction, 88mm waist, and versatile camber profile. Rossignol designed it with the same Auto Turn Rocker as all the other skis in the Experience line, giving it high camber underfoot for serious edging power and throwing in a moderately rockered tip and tail to give it a nimble feel and better soft-snow performance. The sidecut radius has been extended, so you get radically more edge contact as you lay the ski on edge, giving you more power and control at higher speeds without sacrificing quickness and nimbleness when you're just cruising.

A great all-mountain ski has to be stiff on hardpack but light and maneuverable to get through tight spots, and the Experience hits the mark by combining a light, lively poplar core with a basalt fiber laminate, giving the ski enough stiffness to rally through crud and over ice without taking away its quickness in trees and tight chutes. Rossignol designed with a minicap sandwich construction, which blends traditional rugged sidewalls with a lightweight cap to provide a killer combination of grip and lightness, and finished the Experience off with their now-trademark Air Tip, which uses a honeycomb construction to lighten the tip, reducing vibration and chatter for a smooth, predictable ride in all conditions, which is the whole point of the Experience, after all.

  • Auto Turn Rocker (high camber underfoot, low rocker in the tip and tail)
  • Poplar wood core
  • Basalt fiber laminate
  • Minicap sandwich construction
  • Air Tip
  • Extended sidecut

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Unanswered Question

I am looking for a ski for my dad who is a beginner/intermediate. Would this be a decent choice for him or is the Experience 88 a little too aggressive?
He is 175cm tall and around 90-95kg. We ride in the Rocky Mountains. What would be an ideal ski for him to get confident and progress?

Thanks in advance!



All Mountain Superstar

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Totally awesome ski for an east coast guy who needs a killer carving ski with the added bonus of some float in some pow and can smash through crud too. Great edge hold, sweet pop out of turns, all around bomber ski. Rocker in the tip is the reason for the great performance in crud and light powder and rocker in the tail makes it release easily out of turns. I also think this would be a great west coast ski for those no-pow groomer days. Over all this is a great playful when you want it, serious when you need it all mountain performer. Totally worth the buy.


Fantastic All-Mountain Ski...

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I own two pairs of skis. A pair Dynastar Cham 97's @ 184cm for those powder days and crud skiing days. And these, the Rossignol Exp 88's @ 180, for pretty much everything else.

A superb carving ski for almost all types of conditions, the 88's really come alive in medium to long radius turns where they absolutely shred. Pretty good in moguls with good side to side action. (I wish these had slightly softer tips so it would make it a little easier to dive into turns in moguls, but regardless the edgehold is outstanding) They do well in crud and powder up to 5- inches in depth. Anything deeper, I'll bust out the Chams. Most of all, I love these skis in spring conditions and softer snow where they feel very lively and right at home on the softer stuff.

I took these out to CO for some spring skiing w/o any hitches. They were able to handle 6 inches of fresh snow and performed very well when the stuff became more compacted. Great western ski for spring conditions / and frontside carving / hardpack. Great eastern ski for pretty much everyday use with the exception of deeper snow exceeding 6 inches.

I demoed several skis in the same category and these were my favorites by far.

200 LBS
Advanced-Intermediate closer to advanced skier who loves glade skiing, moguls, and deep snow.

I love my Rossis!


Great All Around Ski

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These are great and overall work well with most everything. Paired up with the Rossi FKS 140 binding and would have to say they are a great combo. Solid ski for ice, bumps, all around cruising.


turns turns turns

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

My goal was to round out the quiver with a pair of frontside rippers. I demoed the 180s for a day and found the short turning radius and the airtip = effortless turns.

I found the 180s to be stable at speed but my old school roots had me thinking that the 180s were too short (6-2 / 220) so I tried the exp84 in a 186..... I bought the exp88's in a 180. The extra length added swing weight and were no more stable than the 88's in a 180.

I found that the 88's had a surprising amount of float and were easy to pop up and swing in the wet heavy spring crud. I felt like a teenager ripping thru the bumps (did i say these skis turned?) - Exp88's are a great way to delay knee surgery.

bring on the frontside!

What is the best binding or binding choices (and what width) to pair with this Rossi Experience 88 ski?


Great at Stowe

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Tore it up at Stowe with these skis. They were my favorite of all the skis I demo'ed. I was looking for a traditional camber ski that would handle ice, bumps, trees. I did not ski deep powder with them, but I will get a pair if the price is right. If you've got the money, I say go for it if you're looking for a reliable all mountain ski that can go fast and turn fast with good stability.


Best east coast ski ever!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Solid ice to spring corn this ski does it all. I bought it to go to CO with and found it unbelievable here on the east coast. The harder you drive it the better it responds. Just want to relax and cruse a bit it is like silk.I ski mostly the double diamonds at Blue mountain in PA. In CO It was great in everything up until 60 " of snow in 5 days . It was OK but you have to be flying to keep them on top of 10"s. Slow down and you bog down stay aggressive and drive them they are great. Relax and you will be picking yourself up from a crash or polling to make headway. Overall 5+++ stars for east and west. 3 for west when the snow fall hits double digits.

Hey Marty, Thanks for the review. What length did you get and how much do you weigh? Thanks----Bill