With about 50 high end skis available at Mont-Sainte-Anne's Sports Alpins local rental and demo center, you should be able to find something you like. They carry three leading brands: Rossignol, Dynastar and Head. You can test them, fill our appreciation questions and receive your ski fit free of charge. You can also book a 2h private session with Marius, to help you choose which ski to test! Call the Snow School desk.
The other day, we were out during one of our numerous exceptional snow-falls of this year, testing a few of the 80 to 90 mm wide all-mountain skis. I specifically chose four skis that are fundamentally different in bending stiffness and/or torsional stiffness, despite the fact they all share a similar geometry. We skied the Rossignol Experience 88 TI, the Rossignol Experience 84 AI, the Head Kore 93 and the Head V-Shape V10.
In addition to those four skis, I've added two Dynastar skis also available at the Sports Alpins demo center: Dynastart Legend X84 and Dynastar Legend X88.
As you can see in the chart, they are all very different skis in bending stiffness and torsional stiffness (the last 2 graphs). If you want instructions on how to read those charts, it's worth checking out our member area for a detailed explanation.
The stability feeling on groomed snow will feel quite similar for all of those skis.
These skis have all various edge grip feelings. As I always mention, the feeling of edge grip is personal. One can love a certain level, while another can hate the same level. The edge grip is closely related to torsional stiffness. As you can see on the last graph, all skis presented are different! While the Dynastar Legend X88 is by far the stiffest, the Head V-Shape V10 is the softest. This being said, the Dynastar Legend X84 is softer than the V10 in the shovel and tip area, which would make it the easiest ski to initiate turn (forgiving).
Energy or "pop"
The energy or "pop" is what propels you from one turn to the other. It's mostly related to the bending stiffness at the back of the ski. It may look surprising, but 5 out of 6 skis presented are virtually the same! The only one that will generate less energy is the V-Shape V10. It will feel like it absorbs the end of the turn, also giving a feeling of control, where the other skis will feel like the ski has slightly more control on the skier. Don't expect a huge difference, it's subtle.
Turnability is basically a way to describe how easy/difficult it is to turn the ski. Does it require precision or you can be sloppy and it will still turn easily. Of course, the first thing that gets into our mind is the sidecut and radius. But it's not the only factor affecting turnability. Bending stiffness and torsional stiffness also affects it.
The stiffer the tip and tail are on torsional stiffness, the more precision is requires to avoid feeling the ski is directing your path.
As for bending stiffness, the softer it is, the easier it is to bend the ski and use the sidecut.
Among the presented options, the Dynastar Legend X84 along with the Head V-Shape V10 will feel easier to turn. At the other end of the spectrum, the Dynastar Legend X88 and the Rossignol Experience 88 TI will require more precision to turn. Again, this is very personal, it all depends on how precise you naturally are on your skis. Your skiing skills may influence, but your style definitely will.
Agility is mostly influence by the bending stiffness of a ski, and the distribution is very important. That's why our charts are amazing! The Head V-Shape V10 seems very soft (look at the 3rd graph). But in reality, focus on the front part: the tip and shovel. It's by fare stiffer than all other skis. This makes it more challenging in bumpy conditions. On another hand, it's an advantage for stability, the weigh while bent is more distributed. Agility, like many other feelings, is very personal (that's why you need a ski fit), because it depends on your ability to manage adjustments. But in general, a softer ski in bending will feel more agile.
Finally, the Head Kore 93 and the Rossignol Experience 84 AI are the skis of no extremes, in between all the other options. We could say they are likely to fit with a wide range of skier's expectations. I hope this helps and feel free to contact me to test some demos at Mont-Sainte-Anne's Sports Alpin.