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Hey Guys,

I ski in the Northeast as that is where I live. Mostly Cannon, Wildcat, a trip to Jay Peak and Sunday River once a year. I'm an advanced skier, having gone down Tuckerman's and a couple other runs in the mountains. I have been skiing a pair of Rossignol Rebel X's a got a while back just used them and never cared to change (at 160cm to skinny at 66 mid, I just need something more robust), I feel it is time to change that and further enjoy and advance in my skill. 

I have narrowed my choices down to the Salomon XW Tornado or the Rossignol CX80. The Rossi's are a bit wider prolly more rigid. I basically want a ski that is great on groomed/not so groomed Northeast mountains that can occasionally go off trail at Canon and will hopefully be alright for Tuckerman's later in the season.

Any thoughts or other ski choice would be appreciated, thanks in advance. Also I'm 5'8" about 165-170. Thinking the Salomon's in 166 would do nicely.

post #2 of 6

I have the Rossis, and despite the fact that Rossi tries to market it as a 70/30 ski, it's meant for the groomers.  It's just simply too stiff for any bit of pow or tight spaces (trees and bumps).  So if you're looking for some off piste versatility, go with the Tornado.  That being said, the CX80s rip on the groomers, and have great edge hold.  Given what you said, I would definitely say go with the XWings, if you've narrowed it down to those two.

post #3 of 6
I agree about what eastskier44 says. The CX is a beefy ski that likes to carve big arcs at big speed on groomed snow.

You might want to check out the Volkl AC30 which is my personal all mountain ski. I chose the AC30 over the higher end AC50 for the same reason. The AC50 is stiff and likes to go fast. After deoming both last year I chose the AC30 as it was more versaile or what I like to do. Trees, bumps, steeps and any soft snow I can fine.

Good luck,

Rick G
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Yah I hear you on the AC30, love Volkl's, it just seems to be a bit out of my price range lol.  Looking at new boots as well (prolly will hold of), along with hopefully new golf irons in the spring so I am on a bit of a budget.  Thanks for the feedback.  Would I be correct in thinking that the Tornado Ti would ski more like the CX80??

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You would be somewhat correct, but from what I've read and heard (you might wanna check out Ski Mag's review), despite being a "frontside carver", the Tornado Ti's actually aren't all that magnificent on hard snow, and are actually a very versatile ski.  They are supposed to have great float (for something that narrow), be relatively nimble, and tackle all aspects of eastern skiing fairly well.  I've never benn on them, but that's what I've heard. 

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Hey Guys,

I ski in the Northeast as that is where I live. Mostly Cannon, Wildcat, a trip to Jay Peak and Sunday River once a year. I'm an advanced skier, having gone down Tuckerman's and a couple other runs in the mountains. I have been skiing a pair of Rossignol Rebel X's a got a while back just used them and never cared to change (at 160cm to skinny at 66 mid, I just need something more robust), I feel it is time to change that and further enjoy and advance in my skill. 

I have narrowed my choices down to the Salomon XW Tornado or the Rossignol CX80. The Rossi's are a bit wider prolly more rigid. I basically want a ski that is great on groomed/not so groomed Northeast mountains that can occasionally go off trail at Canon and will hopefully be alright for Tuckerman's later in the season.

Any thoughts or other ski choice would be appreciated, thanks in advance. Also I'm 5'8" about 165-170. Thinking the Salomon's in 166 would do nicely.


the sollies are actually a pretty good choice. the CX80s kinda of suck when not crushing groomers at speed.

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