Rossignol Savory

backcountry.com adThe 2013/2014 season is coming to a close so it might be slightly ridiculous that I’m sitting in my office looking at a row of gear, secretly planning and researching (albeit trying to justify buying) a new round of goodies for 2014/2015. While I can’t be the only hard-charging Snow Bunny out there to be planning their next set up a season ahead, what better time to share my insane love for my favorite product to hit the ski industry market the past few years; The Rossignol Savory.

Matt Crawley Photography Katie Van Riper at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Little Cloud Bowl.

Matt Crawley Photography
Katie Van Riper at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Little Cloud Bowl.

It would be unfair to begin this review without mentioning that my love for Rossignol runs DEEP. Over ten years deep.  My first pair of Rossignols came when I was 16 years old in the form of 4 pairs of black and gold race skis. I was incredibly upset (wait for it) with my mother who bought them, and with my coach by whom they came “highly recommended” (which really means “you will ski on this ski and like it”). The distress surrounding these skis came from the pure fact their arrival meant I had to let go of some beautiful blue, silver and white Dynastars, which subsequently were also the first real pair of race skis that had ever come into my possession. Fast forward those ten years and I’m still on Rossignols. In my garage there is a lineup of a decade of Rossignol models that I love to look at as a timeline of my progression through skiing; it starts with heavily constructed race skis, moves to some great East Coast carvers and concludes with the most recent additions, the Star and Savory from the 7 Series. Where the Star is a more powder specific ski, the Savory is marketed as a “do-it-all” freeride ski, and it has yet to disappoint.

Last winter the Rossignol 7 Series was launched in the form of a collective strike; Rossi athletes, a handful of snowsports photographers, industry “movers and shakers” and anyone who was lucky enough to receive a pair before they were available to the masses (in the Fall of 2013) absolutely blew up the interwebs with positive reviews. I was lucky enough to be included in that group and can count on one hand the times I have skied on another model since.

Here are some things I love about the Rossignol Savory:

  • Versatility: Over everything, the versatility of the Savory is the major selling point. A lot of skis over the years have labeled themselves as a “one ski quiver” (meaning a ski that can be your powder ski, your carver, your backcountry ski, your crud ski, all in one) but those skis don’t have anything on the Savory. They have a waist of 106, which is pretty thick to be considered on any scale a carver, but you would be surprised how fast you can get these going and how easily you can put them on edge. When powder days strike, their more playful nature comes out and they become really floaty. Sometimes I find myself a bit confused how they can be the same ski, but that’s the thing about the Savory – you don’t have to think about conditions, they are good in everything. Especially great if you only get one or two powder days a year or want the ski you can take on a trip that will cover all bases.
  • Approachability: As an expert skier at 5’8” I ski on the 178 model, but I see a handful of intermediate women (including some a bit older) on the 162 and 170 options that have lots of success with these skis. It’s easy to become intimated by hard goods in the ski industry, so it’s nice to see that this ski is user-friendly across a wide range of ages and abilities.
  • Lightness: The ski doesn’t weigh a lot, which allows it to be super maneuverable in any condition, but doesn’t detract from the ability to charge the terrain. I think the Savory is a bit of a chameleon depending on the skier – the smaller sizing options give a moderately skilled skier access to this great ski as something that is quite easy to turn but the shape gives an expert skier the opportunity to lay them over.
  • Design: They look sweet! I love the clean look of the white top coat with the turquoise waffle Air-Tip. Besides a 6 inch graphic on one of the skis, they are simple without losing their femininity which is something I really appreciate in a women’s ski. Although not a reason to buy the ski, this is an added benefit if you care about style as much as technology… it’s ok to admit, I’m right there with you!
Katie Van Riper at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

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Katie Van Riper at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

The Air-Tip technology and lightweight core make this ski light. Super Light. Rossignol.com says that this reduces the weight of the ski by twenty percent. That being said, the ski does take some getting used to, especially if you’re used to a heavier ski, but it won’t take long. Get these skis, crank down your boots and go rip some groomers to start. You’ll feel an uber responsive ski that is insanely fun to ride.  Soon you will find your self grabbing these skis every opportunity you have whether you’re charging the light Utah powder or the crud in Vermont.

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