Ski. Rossignol S7, 188cm, 145-115-123, 17.5 TR, Tip and Tail rocker. Bindings: Dynastar PX14 Race, DIN 5-14.
Skier Me: Male, 68yrs young, 185lbs, Intermediate to Advanced Skier (ex-racer, ex-instructor, ex-a lot of things)
Skis Tuned as follows: Measuring 15 in. back from tip - detuned (which is approx 3 in before rocker ends), tail is measured 12 in up from tail and detuned (also approx 3in before rocker ends_. Conventional camber between these two points is 1 degree base and 2 degrees side bevel. Wax Maplus Universal white, hot wax ironed, structured.
Day One: Lookout Pass Ski resort, 10-12 inches of fresh really good powder - opening day. Tested on the Montana Face (note I have never skied a rocker ski prior to this). Took into an upper intermediate run with an easy runout to lodge. Didn't really know what to expect so started sort of slowly and found out immediately that these skis respond right now. Was very pleasantly suprised with the ease of turning and the apparent big sweet spot for my balance. This was accentuated with this being my lst run of the year.
When in the powder these skis felt great, when connecting on the groomers (packed powder really nice snow) they sort of confused me, can't say they were bad or good. Since the skis were on their lst day my impressions were 1)great in powder, turn with ease, stable and speed, fast or slow didn't seem to affect them at all. Groomers would best be described as No Real Opinion Good or Bad.
Skied untracked powder and loved their ease to turn, stability and fun factor, also noted that any mistake by myself was quickly corrected thusly the ski's were very forgiving.
Day Two: Lookout Pass, they opened the back side, about 10 in of good powder. My 2nd day on skis and I started experimenting in the powder. A) straight lining with small turns-excellent, precise, easy, forgiving and very natural to be centered on ski. B) steeper pitches, easy to turn, can make very quick turns even in powder. C) took them up to faster speeds and liked their performancek, no moveement of ski at all tracked very true. Took up to higher speeds on groomers. Once when leaning/inclination I fell on my side-big suprise guess I was leaning way too much. Found that at high speeds they tracked great and I did stay on the outside ski pretty well, big super g turns were fine, medium GS turns good, smaller slalom turns amazingly good for this wide of a ski.
Day 3: Skied some Clo sed runs, areas in powder b oot deep. Skis performed very well, played GS in the stumps and tree tip tops, intermediate and black diamond area to the freeway and hitchhiked back to lifts/lodgre. Skis were now getting a bit more familar and were answering my input very well, tried a variety of "tip before you turn", ski closer together, on both skis equally and not so equal, lots of turn, not so many turns, pretty slow to fairly fast. Skis answered all my input. Absolutely no bad vibes from these skis in the powder. Absolute the most fun powder run I have ever experienced - especially in NOVEMBER. Staying off piste all day and skied untracked boot deep to the face at Lookout on the last run of the day and they worked really well in broken cut up junk. No deflection in crap powder.
Summary: No tip dive ever. Very predictale, no suprises, easy and fun to ski. Lively or as stable as the person on them wants to be when imparting energy to the skis. Probably the best accolades I can give these skis; I have never skied powder with this much confidence and fun. All the reviews say "great in the trees", yes they are fantastic. Ski the trees, look ahead and set up the place to turn etc., NO just GO and turn where ever and when ever you want to. Too much fun. We got trees in No. Idaho and boy these skis excel in the trees.
Thankyous: Bushwacker for his Rocker Videos and statements. Philpug and the Starthaus for the great price and good service.