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Ski Make: Rossignol
Ski Model: T-Power Viper X PPS
Ski Length: 181 cm
Age: 46
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 174
Snow Conditions Used In: crud piles, wind pack, fresh corduroy on soft pack, fresh corduroy on hard pack, Montana ice, moguls, moduls with windpack in the troughs, etc.
Number of Days Used: 2
Your Ability: 8-9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 37
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 40-50
Other Skis You Like: Atomic BetaRace 9.20, K2 Mod X, Salomon Equipe Axe Series....

The reviews in the magazines for the T-Power Viper X PPS gave this ski high marks for its mogul performance & short turning ability. Having skied Rossignol Viper X 9.3, Viper X 9.9 & owning a pair of Viper X 10.2 I really wasn't sure what to expect since none of them were what I considered good mogul skis.

I took the skis out for two days at Bridger Bowl where you encountered numerous snow conditions each run. It took me a few runs to figure out the ski. These are not what I'm used to from Rossignol. First, they really needed to be skied with your wieght centered much like skiing on my Salomon Equipe Axe Series or Supermountains. Second, they were extremely sensitive to moving your weight forward or aft. Finally, they had great feedback.

On groomed runs these skis ripped. It was very easy to link short turn or long GS turns. I found myself turning through the flats at the bottom of the runs where I usually just point my skis straight to maintain speed. I was able to link turns through the flats with minimal lose of speed. The edge grip was good & gave you solid feedback. It was easy to jet the skis at the end of the turn by subtly putting your weight back (I know this isn't proper technique but its a blast to do). It was also very easy to shoot the skis out from under you by sitting back so if you're prone to doing that these skis will break you of the habit.

I about killed myself the first couple times I dropped into some steep moguls on these skis. The ski was extremely nimble and did what I wanted them to do very efficiently. The problem was they were too efficient and I quickly picked up too much speed. I had to be more deliberate with my speed checking in order to keep in control in the moguls. I am not a zipper line mogul skier & these skis would be a poor choice for someone who is. For the way I ski moguls these skis are great. Once again, the skis sensitivity to sitting back caught me a couple times but I quickly adapted.

Overall, I am impressed with how much ski is in a 181 cm. I skied as fast as I feel safe skiing at Bridger & the ski handled the speeds without any problem. I still have to take them to Big Sky where you can find less crowded areas and push them to the limit. Personally, I wouldn't go any shorter length wise because of my love of speed.

This ski reminds me very much of the Atomic BetaRace 9.20. Personally, I liked the feel of it better plus I like the fact it requires Rossi bindings. If you are looking for a good all-around ski for mainly groomed conditions this is a ski to check out.