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Rossignol Experience and where to buy in SLC/Park City

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I plan on buying skis during my next trip to Park City. I'm interested in the Rossignol Experience line, but I'm not sure which one would be best for me. Ideally I'd like to demo them before buying and, if possible, have the money spent renting the demos be applied to buying the ski. Are there any shops in the area that do this?

And feel free to add your opinion on which ski you think would suit me best, I'm considering the 78, 83, and 88. Or any other similarly priced ski for that matter.

Answers to the 5 questions:

I ski in Utah and Colorado

I prefer blue groomed runs, but I'm starting to get more adventurous. When skiing greens with my wife I like to duck in and out of the edge of the trees.

I ski 10 to 15 days a year on vacations.

I am an intermediate skier, and I make solid improvements with each trip.
And I'm 6'4 210 pounds.

And yes I have fitted boots smile.gif
post #2 of 14
I'm 6'1" 220. Ski in Utah.

Shops: ColeSports, bahnhof, Jan's, Christie's are all great. Both park city and deer valley have shops on the mountains so you can switch out between different skis as much as you want. Cost is 50-70$ depending on the shop. All will let you demo then apply the cost to the ski purchase. Deer valley has a rossignol yurt in the empire area that allows you to demo all Rossi skis FREE of charge. It's a nice little service. For play on and off the groomers if advise at least the e88s. Those are very turny skis - great for intermediate on groomers, not ideal off piste. I wonder if you might like the Rossi sin7 or the soul7. Bottom line - demo as many skis as you can. The Shops noted above are all great for multiple ski brands.

Hope that helps.
post #3 of 14
I'm about your size and ability. I bought the Soul 7 Rossignol at Cole Sports in Park City. Skied them today at Deer Valley. Absolutely the best ski I have ever owned.
post #4 of 14

Skeebum makes some good suggestions.  If it works logistically you might go to Jan's on Park the afternoon before, chat with the sales guys who are generally skilled and have them send over some candidates to either PC or DV for testing the following day.  That ought to give you more customized options than what they may already have at the hill.

 

Even though the major shops are tourist oriented their prices on skis are competitive with street prices you'd find elsewhere.

post #5 of 14
Follw up and clarify: my personal recommendation is silver lake village area at mid mountain at deer valley. You have ColeSports and Christie's right there with a beautiful mountain and sterling lift right outside the door. Between those two shops they have pretty much all brands except kastle (stein erickson lodge has them right there) Demo day costs about 55$ and they make swapping in and out of skis a breeze. Meaning you don't have to guess which ski you'll like and be on it all day whether you like or not. I've tested skis at both and been able to burn through 10 skis in 6 hours. You know how it goes. Sometimes one run is enough on a ski. The mountain right outside the door has very nice green blue and black groomers on it and makes for a great test site. Or if you wish to burn through all the Rossi skis, head over (on the ski runs) to the empire area to that yurt for FREE. Nice thing about the silver lake village area is you're not battling high traffic and congestion at resort park base shops like Jan's at the deer valley base or ColeSports at park city base. Enjoy your trip.
post #6 of 14

Agreed however if you concentrate all your demoing through one shop the cost will be applicable to the purchase price.  I also demo at Silver Lake however this year options are limited unless you make arrangements in advance.  Parking at Silver Lake is also limited, on high traffic days get there early. You'll have to fork over $10-20 to get a spot whereas at the base it's free.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Awesome advice thanks guys! smile.gif
post #8 of 14
I concur with Lorenzzo. If you hope to park at silver lake get there before 9:30 if possible. And most of the shops will let you credit two days rental costs to price of the ski.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Skeebum View Post

I'm 6'1" 220. Ski in Utah.

Shops: ColeSports, bahnhof, Jan's, Christie's are all great. Both park city and deer valley have shops on the mountains so you can switch out between different skis as much as you want. Cost is 50-70$ depending on the shop. All will let you demo then apply the cost to the ski purchase. Deer valley has a rossignol yurt in the empire area that allows you to demo all Rossi skis FREE of charge. It's a nice little service. For play on and off the groomers if advise at least the e88s. Those are very turny skis - great for intermediate on groomers, not ideal off piste. I wonder if you might like the Rossi sin7 or the soul7. Bottom line - demo as many skis as you can. The Shops noted above are all great for multiple ski brands.

Hope that helps.

 

I have the 178 E88, 180 E98, 188 S7, and 188 Soul7.  The two skis I'm using the most this season are the E88 and the Soul7.  If I had to pick only one, it would be tough but the E88 would probably win.  I think it's a great ski off piste, I'm not sure why Skeebum would say it's not.  I find the E88 easy to turn, but it also make decent stable high speed long turns, it's not as good as the E98 for this but it's better in bumps and powder than the E98.

post #10 of 14
Hey Tetonpwdrjunkie. Sounds like the e88 work well for you off piste. It is a solid ski for many, many skiers. For my style and size - not so much but I'm not too worried about the OP liking or not liking the skis I like. Hopefully the info we've all provided him will be helpful as he searches for a ski that makes him smile. Thats all this sport is all about - having fun.

For what it's worth - my quiver is 186 elan 88xti, 186 blizzard peacemaker, 186 rossignol sickle, 186 volkl one. It's like that 186 length works for me or something. Haha.
post #11 of 14

Agree with the previous postings -- go to Deer Valley and try the Rossi free demos.  We go do that almost every season for fun, and it's great to quickly get a feel for each ski.  I agree with tetonpwdrjunkie that the Experience 88 may be the ticket for you.  It's a great all-round ski that does just about everything really well.

 

Good luck and enjoy your time in UT!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #12 of 14

At 6'4", 210 lbs, the OP might have more in common with Skeebum than with me at 5'10, 175 lbs.  I have to think given the OPs size that he would need the largest sizes of any of the Experience line.  I am already on the largest size of the Soul7 and have no trouble skiing it.  I think the OP might find it a bit weak.  I'm not sure yet, but I think I might wish that ski had more mass behind it.  I would suggest the 186 E88 and the 188 E98.  I have a friend who is the OPs size and likes the larger Experience skis.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
What about the Atomic Panic? Price is better than the Experience and similar dimensions. Except it's a twin tip, I don't plan on skiing switch (on purpose anyways) does that matter?

Edit to add:
Would 181 be long enough considering it's a twin tip?
post #14 of 14

Haven't skied on them.  You can check out the reviews on skis.com -- they have good video reviews of a lot of different skis.  They're touted as a good intermediate ski with the Theory and Alibi being the more advanced and stiffer skis.

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

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