2012-2013 Rossignol S3 W, 168cm

While the S3 W felt solid enough to stand on and hold a fast GS turn, they were also incredibly responsive. This could be attributed to their wood core and softer, pin-shaped tail. The ski was poppy and fun, allowing me to make quick transitions with little lag. Since it is softer, I could really bend the ski in my turns and generate momentum on the flatter sections.

Julia, carving hard on the Rossignol S3 W.

And when suddenly cut off by some reckless skier, I could quickly throw them sideways and scrub my speed. I ended my first day on the S3 W with a big smile, excited to see what else the ski had to offer in other conditions.

The next time I skied on the Rossi S3 W, the snow conditions were not as ideal. Still early season, the runs were groomed and soft with a dusting of snow; by mid-day it was pretty choppy with some soft bumps. While it is hard to find a ski that performs exceptionally in these conditions, I felt pretty uncomfortable in the chop. In medium to high speeds the stiffness and stability I had felt on the groomers was completely gone and the skis were floppy. I had to slow things way down. They skied okay at slower speeds, but I definitely would have liked them to be stiffer for these conditions.

Hopefully in the next month or so I will have the opportunity to ski the S3 W in some powder. I can see it skiing well in powder if it is not skied super aggressively. For these conditions though, I would probably want a longer length for more stability, especially since the actual tip-tail length is 164.7cm. And though its powder performance may be great, it is also important to remember that unless it is a bottomless day, which is certainly not every powder day, the ski should also be able to handle the inevitable choppy snow once the mountain has been tracked out. The S3 W can handle that, just not at medium to high speeds.

I was able to duck into the trees for a run, and though I only got a brief taste, the skis were really fun in the woods. They maneuvered well and were easy to execute short jump turns when needed.

It seems to me that the S3 W would be an ideal ski for an intermediate to advanced skier who isn’t going to charge too hard. However, I do feel I need to ski in more conditions to get complete picture. It is a fun, softer ski. It can rip if you want it to, but can’t handle the rougher sections without feeling like a noodle.

So if a slightly softer ski is what you’re looking for, this is certainly a good pick. I can imagine that with the S3 W’s high rocker tip and tail and spoon-shaped tip that it will float quite nicely. Now all we need is more snow, and I’ll let you know.

Go to Charlotte Dworshak’s 2nd Look at the Rossignol S3 W

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