by Mike Horn
One of the most storied brands in all of skiing, Rossignol is renowned for creating products that both make skiing easier and perform at a very high level. Their Experience series is just that, which is why we’re excited about the new Rossignol Experience Center located in Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Mountaineer Square.
In describing the Experience series of skis, Rossignol explains: “A combination of Auto Turn Rocker, Extended Sidecut and Cascade Tip deliver an incredible all‐mountain experience for every skier type. As skier input and skill levels increase, performance levels amplify in all snow conditions. Traditional camber underfoot with aggressive sidecuts provides powerful edge grip and confident stability on hard snow. Tip and tail rocker provides easy maneuverability, playfulness and effortless speed control. The Experience series conquers the entire mountain achieving a whole new benchmark of uncompromising on and off‐trail versatility.”
We checked in with Rossignol’s Nick Castagnoli to go a little deeper on the Experience Center program, and get a sneak peak at what hot products are coming on line next year.
CBMR: How and when did the Rossignol Experience Center Program get started - and who was behind it?
Nick Castagnoli: The Experience Center program launched last season (11/12) with a handful of locations through the joint efforts of Rossignol’s sales and marketing teams.
CBMR: How many Experience Centers are there?
NC: For 12/13 there are 13 Experience Center resorts.
CBMR: How is Rossignol’s team of athletes involved in the program?
NC: We work closely with the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) as we develop new product and integrate that with PSIA’s on-hill teaching methodology.
CBMR: What makes this program a good fit for Crested Butte - what types of skiers will benefit from the program?
NC: All skier types benefit from the progressive performance and general ease-of-use Experience skis deliver. The Experience Center program is focused on the all-mountain Experience rental ski and the Experience and Temptation series retail skis.
CBMR: With the winter snowsports trade shows underway, can you give us a taste of what’s new for 2014?!
NC: Check out a glimpse of the new hotness here.
About the Blogger: CB-local Mike Horn is cofounder of StokeLab Magazine and editor of Kronicle - a backcountry snowboarding magazine.