2023 Rossignol Experience W 82 Ti Review
Truly a ski for everyone, in all conditions, wherever you ski
This article was first published by SkiMag.com.
The Scores (out of 10)
- Overall Score: 8.12/10
- Rank: #2
- Hard-Snow Integrity: 8.2
- Stability at Speed: 8.4
- Carving: 8.4
- Quickness: 8
- Responsiveness: 8.6
- Playfulness: 8
- Forgiveness: 6.6
- Crud Performance: 6.8
- Versatility: 7.8
- Price: $800
- Lengths: 151, 159, 167, 175
- Dimensions: 127-82-115
- Radius: 13 (159cm)
- Level: Intermediate to Expert
In a Nutshell
- Pros: Responsiveness, Carving
- Cons: Forgiveness, Crud Performance
Rossignol showed up to the test this year, snagging two of the coveted top spots in the frontside category, including this star of the women’s test: the Experience W 82 Ti.
With a natural desire to initiate a turn and the perfect amount of metal to build confidence throughout it, this ski is a dream on groomers while being surprisingly playful in the bumps and soft snow. “This ski is a true groomer ski with an excellent off-piste capability bonus,” said tester and former U.S. Ski Teamer Abby Ghent. “You can schmear it, you can carve it, you can go fast or slow and this ski will provide exactly what you want.”
Let’s break down this ski: The Experience W 82 Ti has a poplar core and two sheets of Titanal, which sounds heavy and stiff, but Rossignol scales the metal content by size. As the ski gets shorter, the brand adjusts the metal to balance to flex pattern. This gives each ski the correct flex for each size, allowing the skier to select the kind of ride they want based off of the length. If you want a stiffer ski, select the 175cm; if you prefer a softer ride, select a shorter ski.
The ski also exhibits very little chatter on hard snow or at speed thanks to Rossignol’s Drive Tip Solution, which blends directional fibers into the tip of the ski to eliminate vibrations. This makes power transfers from turn to turn easy, and allows for more force to be thrown behind each turn. “Perfect for a groomer-chasing, ice-ripping, hard-skiing ripper,” said tester Courtney Harkins, a former ski racer now based in Park City, Utah.
But you also don’t need to put that power behind the turn, which makes it such an adaptable ski for all abilities. While advanced skiers will like the ease of finding the ski’s intensity, novices and intermediates could find a great carving coach in the Experience W 82 Ti. “I love this ski for how accessible it makes good skiing,” said SKI Test Director and tester Jenny Wiegand. “I’d ski it myself and also recommend to friends who are still working on their skills. Totally dig it.”
Another cool part about the Experience W 82 Ti is that the brand built the ski with environmentally friendly features. Not only does the poplar core offer suppleness and recoil, but it is also PEFC-certified, which guarantees sustainable forest management. And the ski’s topsheet, base and edge utilize between 15-30% recycled material. So thanks to Rossi, you can help the earth while you slay turns.
Overall, this is the ski for everyone. Whether you’re in the East, the West, in between, or just traveling for a vacation, the Rossignol Experience W 82 Ti is the perfect ride for playing on the mountain in all conditions.
Courtney Harkins grew up ski racing, starting on the icy slopes of New England and finishing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She now lives in Park City, Utah and works as the Director of Marketing & Communications at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. She also freelance writes and consults in the skiing and Olympic industry. When she’s not traveling with the team, her home mountain is Deer Valley Resort, where she loves to arc turns on groomers, but also knows all of the secret spots for days-old powder. Harkins has been testing skis since 2016 and has been a SKI gear tester for three seasons.