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2012 Rossignol Experience 88


Pros: Lively, predictable, good in all conditions from west to east, price

Cons: ugly, came with 2 deg base 1 deg side bevel out of box.

I have now skied on the Experience 88 for a full season and will keep them for the current season.

Length 178

Binding FKS 140 Freeride

skier weight 170 lb

skier height 5'9"

skier age 58

years skiing 54,

Level Expert


I demoed many skis last year and demoed these skis three times before I bought a pair.  I had it narrowed down to a pair of E 98's and E 88's. The 98's were great until you got them into heavy crud in tight trees or tight moguls or both tight trees and tight moguls then they require more work than I wanted.  The 88's were good everywhere. Over the last season I have not been disappointed. I skied them for the first week and they seemed very forgiving, very easy to pivot but lacked precision in turn. Turns out the ski was shipped to me with 2 degree base bevel and 1 degree side bevel.  I had them corrected and back came the precision I had remembered but they were not as fun so I put a bit more base bevel in the last 3" of the cambered part and all of the rear rocker part. Now I have precision and they are a blast to ski. Great for pivot entry into high edge carves at the fall line for ripping tight steep terrain.  Very stable in crud,  great on groomers.  I would recommend this ski to anyone from strong intermediate to expert wanting a one ski quiver. I just don't like changing back and forth between skis part way through the day.


Pros: Shape, stability, ease of use, edge grip

Ski: Rossignol Experience 88
Dimensions: 135/88/124
Tested Length: 178
Turn Radius: 16.4 meters
Price w/out binding: $599.99


The Good: Shape, stability, ease of use, edge grip
The Bad: Really the second winner in a row in this class from Rossignol. It only received two “average” marks among dozens of ratings. Everywhere else across the board, in every category, it consistently earned the “thumbs up.”


Verdict: Another winner from Rossignol in this class, but with a wider profile and slightly shorter turn radius. Testers said they entered each turn “with a very positive feeling,” and felt secure and balanced everywhere they went. Offered without a binding, it also comes in at a great price. A lot of skiers will dig this “experience.”

2012 Rossignol Experience 88

Advanced to expert skiers will be delighted with the Experience 88, the most versatile one-ski-quiver Rossignol out there. With the heart of a high-performance carving machine and a freeride touch and feel, it is one of the strongest do-it-all skis on the market. The turn shape has a round feel with tons of grip but you never feel locked into the turn and have easy ability to change your trajectory and speed at anytime. Traditional camber underfoot delivers power, energy and edge grip with rockered tip and tail that dramatically improve the turn initiation and floatation in any condition. This new breed of all-mountain ski is perfectly balanced for ripping rail-to-rail on the groomers ; its wide waist allows maneuvers through powder and crud with amazing ease. "3000 carved turns. 340 Powder runs. 26 groomer days. 7 sunburns. 1 SKI." Anything else ? 50% Groomed / 50% Un-groomed

Lengths162cm, 170cm, 178cm, 186cm.
Turn Radius16.4M
Core Materialwood
Binding System
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended BindingTPX System
Recommended useGroomed
Binding TypeSystem
Recommended LevelIntermediate
Model Year2012
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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