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I'm a level 7 skier and mostly ski in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a trip to Colorado yearly to boot.  I currently ski Rossignol Zenith Z9 which have treated me very well overall over the past 4 years, but perhaps its time to upgrade to something newer/better tech (such as a rockered ski) with a wider waist?  I was at my LSS the other day the ski guy there basically made it sound like my Rossi's were outdated, and I'd be better off upgrading to the newer skis that would be a noticeable improvement (such as the K2 Rictors, among others).  Basically, the two main points he made were that my current setup are too narrow (74 waist) with no rocker, and while that's okay for typical Mid-Atlantic conditions, I'd be much better off with a newer setup, especially when I ski in deeper snow conditions out west and/or when we get a decent dumping in this area (particularly Snowshoe with their 180" yearly average).  Anyway, this is pretty much where I'm at right now; regardless I plan on demoing but just curious if I should start saving up for a new ski setup or if he's simply trying to make a sale.

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Here are a couple of thoughts.  1)  Yes the skis you have are old; but...they are.  They are chronologically aged, but that DOES NOT take away from that skis ability.  I too have a pair of Rossignol Z9s and still love them.  They are my go to ski early and late season.  Based on their age, I don't worry about them taking a beating. Would you benefit from a newer ski?  Yes.  The LSS guy wasn't just trying to make a sale, (but that is his job) he was most likely trying to help you out with information regarding newer tech.  There is a world of newer skis that would certainly add to your skiing enjoyment.  If you are skiing the Zenith 9 now, a direct decendant would be the Rossignol Avenger series of skis.  If you like the Z9 then I might suggest the Avenger 82 (either Ti or Basalt).  The two versions of the ski offer different experiences.  The Basalt version is more forgiving and lighter, while the Ti (with two layers of Titanal over the wood core) is a bit heavier and stiffer but more comfortable at higher speeds.  From there Rossignol took the Avenger and mated it with the S Series skis and the cross breading resulted in the ALL NEW Experience line of skis.  The Rossignol 88 and 98 are great skis. (I have demo'd both)  The Experience (EXP) 98 and 88 can be broken down the East Coast vs. West Coast versions of the same ski.  Being an East Coast skier as well I might recommend the Experience 88 over the 98 for greater Ice Coast versatility.

 

I hope the helps.  I certainly wouldn't just toss your Z9s aside they certainly have a place in a quiver.  Good Luck.

 

My Quiver

Rossignol Zenith 9

Rossignol Avenger 82ti 170cm

Rossignol S3 186cm

Rossignol Experience 88 178cm

Rossignol 9s Ti 165cm

post #3 of 6

While I think its good to enjoy the skis you're on and it sounds like you enjoyed your rossi's until someone told you that you shouldn't, the guy at your LSS is right about one thing.......skis have changed a lot in the past few years.

 

I don't necessarily think you NEED to get something with rocker, you would probably enjoy something with some contemporary technology, like the k2 Richtors that you mention, as well as some other good things on the market.

 

A few you could look at with wonder and excitement are.....

Dynastar Sultan Legend 85

Blizzard Bushwacker

Blizzard magnum 8.7

Rossignol Experience 83 or 88

......and the list goes on and on and on..............

 

Just sayin'

post #4 of 6

I agree that the Z9, while isn't exactly a DVR, it isn't a Betamax either. If you need a hard snow ski for Mid Atlantic conditions there are worse choices. I would suggest a ski to complement the Z9. CTeagles mentions some great options in you want to stay within the Rossi brand. TC puts up some good options from some other brands. Either way, your Z9's with a good tune should be a good hard snow ski to keep.  

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Originally Posted by roanoke4 View Post

I'm a level 7 skier and mostly ski in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a trip to Colorado yearly to boot.  I currently ski Rossignol Zenith Z9 which have treated me very well overall over the past 4 years, but perhaps its time to upgrade to something newer/better tech (such as a rockered ski) with a wider waist?  I was at my LSS the other day the ski guy there basically made it sound like my Rossi's were outdated, and I'd be better off upgrading to the newer skis that would be a noticeable improvement (such as the K2 Rictors, among others).  Basically, the two main points he made were that my current setup are too narrow (74 waist) with no rocker, and while that's okay for typical Mid-Atlantic conditions, I'd be much better off with a newer setup, especially when I ski in deeper snow conditions out west and/or when we get a decent dumping in this area (particularly Snowshoe with their 180" yearly average).  Anyway, this is pretty much where I'm at right now; regardless I plan on demoing but just curious if I should start saving up for a new ski setup or if he's simply trying to make a sale.



What does level 7 mean?  Rossi out of date?  No way.  I have a old pair of woman's Rossi XX Bandits, and they kick a**.  Of course one needs to have a good tune.  People think the ski sucks.  I get it for 65 dollars.  I make it killer through tuning.  More than likely, you don't need anything more than a good tune job.  By hand.  No Machines.  Be good, and good luck! 

 

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts, and I'm going to demo several different skis early in the season and make a decision from there.  Concerning the Rossi Experience, wouldn't the 88 be a bit too wide for typical east coast conditions or am I mistaken? (I was primarily looking in the 78-82 range)  Regardless I'm definitely going to check out both the Avenger and Experience, along with several Blizzard models.  Kastle seems to be all the rage but that price tag probably isn't justifiable, especially at my overall level.  But I must admit the MX78 looks slick.

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