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Rossignol Experience 88 TI Review

This ski is redesigned to handle all conditions well, but it requires and expert pilot and we still like it best when we're carving up the groomers
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rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review
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Price:  $650 List
Manufacturer:   Rossignol
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 7, 2019
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9.0
  • Carving - 20% 8.0
  • Crud - 20% 7.0
  • Powder - 20% 6.0
  • Playfulness - 15% 6.0
  • Bumps - 5% 7.0
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Our Verdict

Rossignol redesigned the hard-charging Experience 88 TI to make it a more versatile all-mountain ski. While it is still not your go-to powder or soft snow ski, some design and material changes have made it a more enjoyable ski in a range of conditions. It still prefers groomers and firm snow, and it excels in those conditions, but it also improves in most of the areas it used to lack. We tested the Experience 88 TI in a 187cm length, and it was plenty of ski for all of our testers. Sporting a unique use of titanal and a new progressive sidecut, this revamped ski surprised some of our testers with its significant improvements. Still, it's best suited to an East coast, on-piste skier who doesn't see a lot of powder and loves to rail groomers.
Quick edge to edge
Requires an expert skier

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rossignol Experience 88 TI is an advanced-expert level ski that has the capability get you anywhere on the mountain, but still prefers to be on a freshly groomed piste.

Performance Comparison

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - making quick tight turns on the experience 88 ti feels natural. this...
Making quick tight turns on the Experience 88 TI feels natural. This is where this ski belongs, ripping a wide-open groomer on a sunny day.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Stability at Speed

As with most of our skis in the men's all-mountain category, the Experience 88 TI handles high-speed skiing very well. In fact, when you get the Experience up to cruising speeds, it is as consistently damp and stable as the Volkl Mantra M5.

The Experience 88 TI can also be fun and controlled when going only Mach 4, and does not require Mach 5 to shine. The ski ensures full edge contact throughout speedy turns with plenty of camber underfoot and a bit of rocker on the tip and tail. Even though the Experience 88 TI has what Rossignol calls an air tip, we didn't feel any of the minor chatter in the tip further down the ski. This ski's optimal operating speed is fast.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - laying the experience 88 ti over on edge is what this ski was...
Laying the Experience 88 TI over on edge is what this ski was designed to do. It is right at home on the hard pack and easily carves beautiful turns, especially at high speeds.
Credit: Scott Rokis


Previous versions of Rossignol's Experience line were known almost exclusively as stiff and fast carving skis. The new Experience 88 TI still has most of the carving capability of older iterations. The ski is quite quick edge to edge and feels powerful and responsive with input from an aggressive skier.

A less aggressive skier might experience slightly less performance when arcing turns on groomers but should still expect a fun short turn shape similar to other narrow-waisted skis. Our testers found that the Experience felt slightly less poppy than some other skis, but skied just as smoothly through a turn.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - the experience 88 ti can bust some crud. thanks to its layers of...
The Experience 88 TI can bust some crud. Thanks to its layers of titanal, this ski is able to absorb impacts from a variety of snow conditions.
Credit: Scott Rokis


Overall, this ski is fairly damp. But the Experience 88 TI is best in the hands of experts when the snow conditions being to deteriorate. Despite a rounder tip and tale, the tip tends to deflect and the tail catches a bit. Still, the slightly pronounced tip rocker does put the ski on top of less than prime conditions.

The Experience 88 TI takes an experienced rider to direct it through chopped up powder and refrozen chunks. Those layers of titanal can take the abuse, but you have to be prepared to as well. Our testers found it takes more work and energy to keep this ski under control than our crud busting king and Editors' Choice.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - the newly redesigned experience 88 ti has a tip shape similar to its...
The newly redesigned Experience 88 TI has a tip shape similar to its more pow-oriented brother, the Rossignol Soul 7 HD. The Experience is not a great pow ski, but obviously, some fun can still be had in the soft stuff.
Credit: Scott Rokis


Rossignol changed the shape of the tips in the Experience 88 TI to more closely match their powder oriented line. While this makes the ski slightly more floaty and easy to maneuver in powder conditions than earlier versions, it still dives too deep into the fresh. The Experience also felt too stiff to be playful in the fluff. It is not the ski to choose if you've constantly got pow on the brain.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - while the experience 88 ti is not the most playful ski we tested, we...
While the Experience 88 TI is not the most playful ski we tested, we put it through the wringer just like the rest of the skis.
Credit: Scott Rokis


This ski not forgiving or of flexy, which are two traits our testers generally seek out when searching for a playful all-mountain ski. The Experience 88 TI did not feel dead, but it is unforgiving and demanding. Our testers still hucked these skis off anything they could find for the sake of thorough testing, but they preferred to do so on a more forgiving set of skis.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - the experience is not the best ski we tested in the bumps, but...
The Experience is not the best ski we tested in the bumps, but thanks to its light weight and narrow waist, we successfully navigated most mogul fields.
Credit: Scott Rokis


The Experience 88 TI may be stiff and ski long, but its narrow waist and newly progressive sidecut allowed our testers to navigate smaller and medium-sized bumps well. Tightly spaced, bigger bumps tended to buck our testers out of control. More tip and tail rocker would make the Experience 88 TI more versatile. Anybody choosing this ski should not be planning on spending all their time trying to stick a zipper bump line.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - experts will enjoy the experience on groomers and will be able to...
Experts will enjoy the Experience on groomers and will be able to pilot it off-piste. Less experienced skiers will want to stick to the corduroy.
Credit: Scott Rokis


Rossignol has dropped the price point on their entire experience line, and so the Experience 88 TI is a better value than it has been in the past. This ski is in the middle of the pack as far as price and performance.

rossignol experience 88 ti all mountain skis review - the experience 88 ti isn't playful by nature, but you can get it in...
The Experience 88 TI isn't playful by nature, but you can get it in the air. It's just that it takes the job a little too seriously.
Credit: Scott Rokis


Rossignol has made some significant improvements to the Experience 88 TI and, in our opinion, made a better all-mountain ski. It does certain things well, like staying stable at speed and carving. It's new sidecut profile, slightly increased tip rocker, and light swing weight add to the skis ability in pow, bumps, and playfulness. Overall, it is still a ski that performs better on than off-piste, and is better suited to an East coast skier who loves railing fast turns.

Andrew Pierce
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