Rossignol's S7 is the ski that made rockered technology go mainstream. When the S7 came out in the fall of 2009, everyone from Alta ski bums to Alaskan heli-ski clients raved about the ski's versatility, maneuverability and the way it made powder skiing easy. The ski flew off the shelves, but some complained it wasn't quite stiff enough for the hardest-charging big-mountain skiers and its longest 188-centimeter length skied too short. Rossignol's solution? The Super S7, which debuted this fall.
WHAT IT IS:
The Super S7 has the same graphics as this year's S7 but here's the difference: It has two layers of metal, which make it stiffer and damper. This year, it's only offered in a 195-centimeter length, but next year, the ski will also be available in a 188 centimeter. Because of the rocker, it skis short -- so you'll want a longer length than you might normally ride. "The traditional S7 is an all fiber ski -- it performs extremely well for almost everybody," says Thor Verdonk, Rossignol's technical product manager. "The Super 7 just 'goes to 11,' so to speak." It's got a rockered tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot, so it'll surf powder and rail a turn on hardpack when you need it to.
WHY IT RULES:
Rossignol knew there wasn't a huge market for this burly of a ski, but they made it anyway because a small handful of people asked for it. "We wanted to provide our athletes and super hard chargers a beefy rockered with camber underfoot big-mountain ski that could handle any condition and run any type of snow at high speeds and handle bigger airs," says Verdonk. Rossi athletes like Dan Treadway, Kye Petersen and Shroder Baker will be charging on the ski this year. And there's no wonder why: It blasts through crud like a high-speed train, but it still turns with a surprising grace and nimbleness.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
This ski, which retails for $900, and the S7, are selling fast. A lot of stores are already sold out of it. Go to rossignol.com to find a retailer that sells Rossignol skis near you.