The brand new Rossignol Sky 7 HD is a very well rounded ski for the strong intermediate to expert skier looking for a highly versatile ride both on the groomers and off the beaten path. The 98mm waist provides ample flotation in the soft snow, but feels surprisingly quick and nimble on the groomers. Made with Rossignol's Powder Turn Rocker, the Sky 7 floats and smears like a dream, but thanks to the new Carbon Alloy Matrix, the Sky 7 can tear up a groomer with ease. The Carbon Alloy Matrix uses a mix of Carbon Fiber and Basalt to provide extra grip on firm snow, more responsiveness anywhere on the mountain, and a stable feeling no matter how fast you are skiing. The Sky 7 uses a Centered Sidecut to give you a playful and easy to maneuver feeling, while directing your pressure to the edges right underneath your feet. Rossignol's Air Tip Construction pulls heavier material away from the tip and tail of the Sky 7 HD for an easy to maneuverable feeling in the tight trees, wide open slopes, and anywhere there is enough snow for you to get after it.
Having two adult sons who live and breath alpine and backcountry skiing (living in Utah and Lake Tahoe areas), their advice to me was "demo before buying"... which I did, three different all mountain skis, different manufacturers. I am 70 years old, of upper intermediate/advanced ability, do groomers, trees and bumps (small ones, powder), blacks, double blacks (when fresh). Half the season I ski 13-15 days here in the east and two weeks out west with the boys, so a good mix of conditions. Well, my first day on the Sky 7's this week at Sunday River, ME., tells the story: I regularly ski with two friends who know my strengths and weaknesses. Just one run down and the expression from buddy, Jay: "I cannot believe the difference; you were so balanced, smooth, confident, very fast but under control..." I am absolutely thrilled with the performance, the carving, the stability, no chatter whatsoever. The end of this month I'll be at Alta/Snowbird for a week, then end of April, Squaw Valley. I'll report in again with my second review after the experience in powder.
So, I don't get paid to write reviews like many of the reviewers on this site. So consider this a true review. I am a lifetime skier, who has skied 20 of Colorado's 14 thousand foot peaks. This ski is downright amazing in bumps, ice, groomers, steeps and deeps. It does exactly what I tell it when I tell it. It is solid at speed. Enough said. This will be my go to at and out of the resort.
I'm not an expert, so treat what's below with a grain of salt.
Age 69, 5'11", 174 lb, advanced intermediate now (used to be better).
I tested 180 cm long Rossis Sky 7 HD for 2 days on Monarch Mtn.
The skis handled well, no chatter, great control in turns, and pretty good in downhill, but not exactly razor precise.
Hi I'm Adam and I was just skiing on the new Rossignol Sky 7. I give this ski 4.5 out of 5 stars. This replaces last years Sin 7 and it's still that great ski for that same type of strong intermediate all the way up to expert skier that wants to get into some adventurous terrain. It has the Air Tip and the Powder Turn Rocker and this year with the new Carbon Alloy Matrix, it really gives the ski a lot more backbone, a lot more power so it really responds well on ice or firmer snow where the Sin 7 didn't. It's a fantastic bump ski, it's easy to ski in any condition you want to put it into. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Hi I'm Thom, I just got off of the Rossignol Sky 7 HD. All new ski for them this year, it replaces the previous Sin 7 and this is a 4 out of 5 star ski for me. This was a ski that I was previously not a big fan of but with the new Carbon Alloy Matrix in there it's so silky smooth at this point that's it's just a fantastic ski. It's really going to be great for your intermediate through your advanced level skier who's looking for one ski to help them start exploring the mountain a little bit more. It's a compact turn radius so short to medium turns are where this thing is at home but just very stable, very calm, very easy to ski. Again, great for that kind of solid intermediate up through advanced level ski. 4 out of 5.
Hi I'm Steve, I just got off the Rossi Sky 7. This is a brand new ski for Rossi, it replaces the Sin 7 from before which I didn't particularly care for. I give this ski 5 out of 5 stars. It's a great ski, this is the second time I tested it. It's a great go everywhere, do everything ski. If you're looking for one ski that will handle everything from hardpack, groomed, powder, even deep powder, this is the ski. It's got plenty of rocker for powder yet it's got a really nice shape to hold the turn and snappy edge from edge. I personally really like skis in the 95 ish with widths which this one is. If you're looking for just kind of the one ski quiver ski that will go anywhere or do everything, this is a phenomenal choice. I think this ski has a shot at maybe even being the ski of the year this year, we'll see.
Hi i'm Brooks, I just rode the Rossi Sky 7 HD. Great ski, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. A lot of fun, really nimble. Real quick edge to edge, gets around the turns really well. Big arching turns, it holds a great edge. Good ski 4 out of 5 stars.
A:Based on your weight and ability the 172cm will be the optimal size for you.
Answered : Jan 10, 2017
By : Adam, Midwest
Q: Hi- I am interested in buying this ski. My question is, what length? I am 167 cm in height, 68 kg. In weight, and am 65 years of age. I ski at advanced level - not expert. I thought the 164, but I am told that because of the rocker, it handles shorter, so I should go 172 cm. I like to include trees and bumps in my days at Whistler. I will try both lengths but will only have an hour or two on each. Any advice appreciated.
Asked : Dec 24, 2016
By : Mike, Melbourne, Australia
A:Based on your height and weight the 172 would be the length I would recommend. The rocker and tip/tail profile makes the running length of the ski feel shorter than the list length. Also the Sky 7 has a nice compact turn radius so it remains very manageable and easy to turn in the longer lengths.
Answered : Dec 27, 2016
By : thom
Q: Are those going to be ok for adding some freestyle riding to all-mountain
Asked : Oct 27, 2016
By : Skier11111, Providence, RI
A:The Sky 7 HD has two different manufactures recommended mounting positions. An all-mountain which I would recommend for everyday skiing and a freeride mounting position that is 2cm back from that. Unless you are strictly using it as a powder ski the all-mountain position would be the best spot. The all-mountain position gives you the most versatility.