Rossignol Super 7 Skis of the Year

Each February, Outside and Mountain magazine run a combined alpine ski test in Snowbird, Utah. Up in the Wasatch Range, we see a mix of light, airy snow and hardpack on terrain that includes steep trees,

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It’s rare to see the kind of wholesale domination inflicted by Rossignol’s latest Super 7 ($850). All four models made the final cut, and three won their respective categories. The highest scorer of them all? The Super 7 in our Big Mountain category. What’s going on here? Rossi is the industry leader when it comes to balancing rocker (upturned tip and tail), camber (for edge hold and glide), and taper (the pin shape in the front and back, which delivers a loose feel in and out of turns). This year it packed all that institutional knowledge into the Super 7 while still reducing the weight by more than 20 percent, thanks to Rossi’s Air Tip honeycomb inserts and feathery paulownia-wood core. With the Super 7, that means a light ski that floats and pivots but still edges powerfully on hard snow. “It’s for everyone,” said one tester. “The best ski I’ve ever used by far.”

140/116/13

OVERALL: 5

TURNING PLEASURE: 5

Brand: Rossignol $850
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