Dimensions (mm): 128-98-121
Actual Tip to Tail length (straight tape pull): 181.3 cm
Boots / Bindings: Salomon Falcon Pro CS/ Rossignol Axial 120 ( DIN at 8 )
Mount location(s): -3 from center
Test Location: Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Taos Ski Valley
Days Skied: 12
After spending a number of early season groomer days on the Rossignol Scimitar (which you can read about in my initial Scimitar review), I was very impressed with just how well the skis held an edge on firm snow given that they don’t have any camber underfoot. And after putting more time on them, I’m still just as happy with the carving performance of the Scimitar.
They don’t offer much energy and feedback from the turn as you snap the skis over from edge to edge in linking aggressively carved turns (as a ski with traditional camber would), but frankly, I don’t care.
The Scimitar’s fully rockered design, while responsible for this ever so slight characteristic, affords the ski a huge amount of versatility and makes it a blast to ride. For example, I’ve really enjoyed laying down high-angle carved turns and then, in the middle of an arch, disengaging the edge and throwing the skis sideways in a fast and slarvy slash.
With the Scimitar you have the option to make all sorts of turns, more than with a positively cambered ski. This ski is super fun to cruise around with on the occasional groomer day, but it is very capable of handling other terrain.
Taos Ski Valley has some of the best snow and terrain open in the country right now, and it’s an ideal place to test a mid-fat, all mountain ski’s off piste performance. The first time I took the Scimitar off the groomed path was on a hike up TSV’s Highline Ridge. We were looking to catch some remaining powder from the previous storm, and we found plenty of it in laps down Corner Chute, Tresckow, and various backside steeps. Dropping in to Corner, we encountered about five inches of heavier, settled snow.
The Scimitar’s reverse camber profile works very well with its nearly symmetrical dimensions. Through the older powder, they felt predictable and nicely balanced as I wove in and out of trees. Making short, quick turns in the steeps couldn’t really be easier on a 98mm ski. Even with somewhat heavy demo bindings, the Scimitars felt light on my feet, probably due to their wood/fiberglass/microcell (foam) core construction. They don’t exactly blast through crud and chopped powder, but they are able to get through it without a problem. I consider the Scimitar’s powder performance to be excellent for a ski of this width and weight. On a day with a few inches of fresh snow, you’ll be totally happy with them. On deeper days, if the Scimitar happens to be your do-it-all ski, you’ll still be having a good time.