What’s new for the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti?

After so many seasons of being a best-selling ski, engineers at Rossignol had to think long and hard on how to improve such a stellar ski with a strong reputation. After a few seasons of development the 2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti is one of the most anticipated skis for this upcoming season.

Redesigned from the ground up the newest version of the ski is packed with technology to deliver a fantastic ride.

New Shape

For starters the shape of the new Experience 88 Ti is a little more all-mountain friendly. The previous shape of the Experience Series had Rossi’s extended sidecut. This shape allowed for an incredible carving ability on the groomers, but some of the qualities that made the E88 HD such a strong carver, caused some skiers to feel that shape hindered the ski in bumps, crud and powder. The over-sized tip and tail had the potential to give a grabby or hooky feeling in those conditions.

The 2019 Experience 88 Ti has more progressive sidecut. This new shape has more taper in the tip and tail that still provides an excellent carving ability while being able to rip through the bumps and more challenging conditions by allowing you to drift and smear turns. These turn shapes were a little more difficult to do on previous models.

New Tip

The new Air Tip VAS takes a page from the more freeride oriented 7 Series to improve floatation. Visco Dampeners in the tip dampen out vibrations and allows for a smoother energy transfer. The lack of vibrations in the tip delivers more contact with the snow and more control.

New Rocker Profile

Rossignol’s new All-Terrain Rocker features an all new rocker profile that has a little less rocker in the tip and tails. This new profile adds an entire new dimension to the Experience 88 Ti without any compromise to the easy ski-ability, edge hold or the groomer performance.

Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

New Line Control Technology

The biggest performance enhancement to the new Experience 88 Ti is Rossignol’s Line Control Technology. Line Control Technology is derived straight from the World Cup Race room. A titanal power rail runs from the tip to the tail of the ski that is sandwiched between the strips of vertical wood in the core.

Line Control prevents the ski from counter flexing to deliver a very smooth ride and easier contact with the snow for improved stability.

Who is the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti For?

The new Experience 88 Ti is really opened up to a broad spectrum of skiers. A strong intermediate will find it versatile and easy to control, while the expert level skier will find it stable and easy to ski.

With the 88mm waist this ski is best at home on the frontside of the mountain either buzzing down a freshly groomed run or spending a little bit of time in light, untracked powder. The new shape really improves the bump skiing ability and off trail friendliness.

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16 Comments on 2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Review

  1. james
    November 5, 2018 at 6:30 am (4 years ago)

    hi, skis.com! experince 84 at 176 vs 88 at 173?

    I am 177 myself and 145lbs, expert skier.


    • Brendan Michell
      November 5, 2018 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

      Hey James!

      If you are an expert skier, I would recommend the Experience 88Ti in the 173. Getting the extra sheet of metal in the ski is really going to help with dampening the ski at higher speeds

      • JAMES
        November 6, 2018 at 8:37 am (4 years ago)

        Great! thanks so much for the tip Brendan! within the Experience 88 Ti, is it 173 the best fit? or would you size up to the 180? I’ve read the 180 is more stable but it might be more heavy/clumsy.

  2. JAMES
    November 6, 2018 at 8:36 am (4 years ago)

    Great! thanks so much for the tip Brendan! within the Experience 88 Ti, is it 173 the best fit? or would you size up to the 180? I’ve read the 180 is more stable but it might be more heavy/clumsy.

    • Brendan Michell
      November 6, 2018 at 8:44 am (4 years ago)

      It will depend more on your style of skiing more than anything. If you find yourself favoring wide open runs, blasting at full speed, the 180 would work as an expert. If you prefer more technical runs (i.e. Bumps, Trees) or just doing casual runs most of the time and turning it on every once and a while, I would go 173. If you also do more sidecountry/powder/bowls skiing, going up to the 180 would be a better fit. You are correct though, a longer ski will be more stable at speed, but a little harder to turn and handle at slower speeds or in tight quarters where you can’t just let it carve.

  3. Wes
    November 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I am 5’7″and 175lbs, 47yr old Intermediate/advanced skier. Ski mostly in the southeast and east coast most of the season with 1-2 weeks in Colorado each year. Been on a Exp 84 the last couple of seasons at 165cm length. Going to upgrade to the Exp 88 ti this year as I am exploring more backside terrain a little more often (60/40). What length would you recommend and any other ski recommendations for the perfect one ski quiver?

    • Brendan Michell
      November 12, 2018 at 9:02 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Wes!
      With your size and skill level, I would not hesitate to put you on the 173cm, or even the 180cm. Both lengths will be plenty easy to handle in all conditions, as well as still performing well when you’re skiing that deeper snow. Other great options for one-ski-quivers are the Rossignol Soul 7 HD (a top seller for quite a few years), Elan Ripstick 96, or a Nordica Enforcer 93 or 100.

  4. Brian
    January 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello – I am 5’10 / 175 lbs and approaching (to be honest) intermediate level. I want a ski I can grow into over the next few years, but at the same time my primary concern is and will remain control, ease of turns, and so on. Just peacefully enjoying the mountain, not aspiring to X-Games. Ski mostly groomed at Tahoe. Assuming I went with this ski I am torn between 173 and 180. And thoughts? Thanks.

    • Brendan Michell
      January 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Hey Brian!
      With your size and skill, you could easily ski either size. If your skiing style is “peacefully enjoying the mountain”, the 173cm is going to be perfect for you. You will still have plenty of control and it will be easy to make turns on. The metal will keep the stable at speed and still something that you can grow into. If you really wanted to push yourself hard, I would go with the longer option, but it doesn’t sound like that’s how you prefer to ski.

  5. Brian
    January 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks Brendan, really appreciate the quick reply. Will think on it a bit more.

  6. Chris
    January 23, 2019 at 9:56 am (4 years ago)

    Hi – Also interested in new Exp 88 Ti’s. . .

    Have spent 3x seasons on 2015 Exp 84’s in 178’s which I love for their versatility / ease of skiing however looking for an upgrade

    6′ 1″ / 210 lbs advanced intermediate (80/20 on / off piste) Like short turns down the fall line over long arcs but do like to blast occasionally . . what Ski / length? Cheers Chris

    • Kate Jurcak
      January 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Hey Chris
      based on your weight, ability and terrain preferences I would recommend the experience 88 ti in 180cm

  7. Jonathan
    January 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m looking at the 88 Experience Ti comparing it to the M5 Mantra. I can’t decide the length though ? I’m 6’0 and 170 lbs. 54 years old, ex racer decades ago. Don’t need to be the first down the mountain. Eastern skier 70% on-piste, 30% off.

    • Brendan Michell
      January 28, 2019 at 8:05 am (4 years ago)

      Hey Jonathan!
      For your size and skill, I think you could pretty easily ski the 180cm Rossignol Experience 88Ti. They are very easy to ride and with their rocker profile it is easy to go a little longer on them. If you want to go with the M5 Mantra, i would recommend the 177cm length. They are a little beefier than the Experience 88Ti, so just a hair shorter will work perfectly for you.

  8. Kevin
    January 28, 2019 at 5:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi there in similar fashion to one of the other skiers.
    I’m 6’0 175lbs. Eastern Ontario and Quebec is my playground. I’m 43 and athletic and like
    To ski aggressive both short and linking long turns.

    Regarding the Rossi can you direct me to the 173 or 180.

    Also can you compare the Rossi 88ti to the Salomon XDR 88ti and Kendo for me.

    I’m afraid I can only afford a one ski quiver but want to love putting whichever ski on my foot for the next few years.


    • Brendan Michell
      February 7, 2019 at 9:17 am (4 years ago)

      Hey Kevin!
      If looking at the Rossi, I would definitely go 180cm if you are an aggressive skier. Between the different skis, you would find the Experience 88Ti and XDR 88Ti to be extremely similar in how they ski. Both are fairly aggressive and great all around skis. The Kendo you would find to be more aggressive on groomers, but still versatile enough to dip into the trees, ski bumps, and fresh snow.

      In all honesty, all 3 skis are going to be a good fit for what is sounds like you do, the Kendo just does not come with a binding, but once you add one, you will also be at roughly the same pricepoint as the other 2 options. I think it is going to boil down to what you can find in your size at this point in the season (roughly that 180cm mark)


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