Runs down Reforma, Zagava, and Pollux were a bit firmer than the lines off the ridge. The same forgiving and light characteristics of the Scimitar in deeper snow translated to a nimble and controlled feel sliding among harder bumps. The splay of these skis’ rocker is so mellow they don’t tend to exhibit any scary chattering in the tips and tail during skidded turns on hardpack.
While the Scimitars are agile, I don’t find them to be particularly poppy in bumps, but I doubt that would seriously bother any intermediate or very competent bump skier. (I like to double over moguls and snap off low ridges in the steeps, the Scimitars don’t do that as well as some other skis.) A lack of pop isn’t a particularly negative trait, rather one that’s to be expected in a ski with a fully rockered design.
Looking for more variable conditions, I took the Scimitars in some shallow chop through Psycho Path and shots off Porcupine. The ski’s rocker profile is not the most stable at high speed through tough chopped conditions, but it’s performance isn’t horrible, either. The Scimitar’s light weight, surfy capabilities, and moderate flex make them great on groomers and in pow, they just aren’t especially impressive when really charging though chop, which isn’t much of a surprise. An expert skier will just have to get used to the more noticeable “swimming” feeling when hauling through inconsistent or cut up conditions, and I don’t think an intermediate skier would even notice it.
I have not hit full park jumps on these skis yet. But from the spins I’ve thrown around the mountain, I can say that they do have a strong tendency to butter or wash out on less than perfect landings. To me, they’re still a fun and playful jib ski. But if you’re a serious park rider hitting 80’ tables on the daily, and you’re not used to this characteristic, you may find it somewhat unsettling. Nonetheless, Parker White can be seen riding the Scimitar in a few of his shots in Level 1’s After Dark. We don’t all shred park like Mr. White, but don’t count the Scimitar out if you’re in the park frequently.
All-mountain ski design is all about performance tradeoffs and biases. The Scimitar is a different breed of all mountain ski that sacrifices a slight amount of energy from edge to edge, and some stability in chop, but provides a huge degree of capability on the rest of the mountain. I’m confident that for any intermediate or advanced skier looking for one ski to do everything, the Scimitar will satisfy. What’s more, it is a ski that an expert skier will appreciate for its versatility and willingness to accept a variety of riding styles.
Plus, the Scimitar sells for $499. For the amount of fun this ski has to offer on pretty much any day of the season, that’s a hell of a deal.
Go to Jonathan Ellsworth’s 2nd Look at the Rossignol Scimitar