2016/2017 Rossignol Sky 7 HD W ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s All-Mountain Back Category.

“The sky is the limit for the Sky 7—you can take it anywhere except to icy slopes,” says Muecke. “Its stiff construction requires power to turn, but it has enough float and play for powder and crud.” The Sky 7 takes on a new name with HD, or High-Definition. This refers to the performance characteristics of Rossignol’s latest core layer called Carbon Alloy Matrix—a weave of energy-increasing carbon fiber and vibration-absorbing basalt—that gets added to the paulownia wood core. The rockered tips and tails of the 98-mm-waisted ski have Rossi's honeycomb-shaped Air Tip technology for flotation and maneuverability. Testers, like Riley, gave high scores for float: “It feels stiff underfoot on the groomers, but the shape helps charge powder and crud.”

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