Model: Black Ops Stargazer
Overall Ranking: #8
Overall Score: 3.80 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
154, 162, 170
14 (160cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Intermediate to Expert
Wood, Diago Fiber
Stability at Speed
3.72 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.78 / 5
3.72 / 5
3.83 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.78 / 5
4.17 / 5
3.5 / 5
Testers expected the Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer to be the “mom” version of the wider Rallybird Ti. But the Stargazer is more “cool aunt” than mom: She’s more forgiving and will be your partner in crime all over the mountain, but if you find yourself in trouble, she’ll be there to help you out of any mishaps.
The Rossignol Stargazer dispenses with the Titanal found in the Rallybird Ti in favor of Rossignol’s Diago Fiber reinforcement, making it both lighter underfoot and more playful. But an extended core and Damp Tech technology mean this ski can still charge in tough conditions, as evidenced by the ski’s high scores in the Crud Performance department.
“This ski is pretty jazzy,” comments tester Marina Knight. “I liked the energy and feedback that I got from it even in crud and chopped-up powder. It’s a really balanced ski and would be great for an intermediate through expert level skier. I could ski the Stargazer all day and have fun dancing down the hill.”
That’s saying something coming from a tester with a race background and it proves that, even though the Rossignol Stargazer is lighter and more nimble than some in this category, it’s no chump. You can ask this ski to hightail it down the fall line, even in manky snow, and it won’t let you down.
“It’s a fun all-mountain ripper and loves speed, though speed is not required,” notes tester Tracy Gibbons. “Especially fun for the gal who likes to ski the chutes and then let ‘em rip in big, open terrain.”
That said, it’s not the floatiest ski around, and true experts might detect a speed limit when they really put the pedal to the metal. But testers were willing to overlook these shortcomings because the Rossignol Stargazer is just so darn versatile and approachable to ladies of varying abilities.
Testers recommend it to anyone looking for a ski with both personality and backbone, but in that order. Says tester Courtney Harkins: “Just an all-around good ski. I’d put my beginner friends on these and I’d also rip them myself. Lots of fun.”
- Strengths: Crud Performance (2nd in category), Forgiveness (7th)
- Weaknesses: Flotation (8th), Stability at Speed (14th)
Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer – 2021 Women’s All-Mountain Ski Review
We don’t know much about the new Stargazer, but we do know one thing: She’s hella fun. Part of Rossi’s revamped Black Ops line, the Stargazer was introduced with little detail concerning her exact construction (playing to that “Black Ops” mystique, perhaps). So, we’ll shoot from the hip: This ski can carve, smear, and forgive your sins in the bumps. Testers praised her quickness and knack for short turns on hardpack above all else, but agreed that she’ll show anyone a good time—whatever the conditions or terrain. Says tester Kelli Gleason: “Perfect ski for this category. Snappy and playful.”
- Strengths: Quickness, Hard-Snow Integrity
- Weaknesses: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance
|2021 Rosssignol Black Ops Stargazer Scores||Score out of 5|