Rating: / 5
Lengths: 160, 168, 176, 184, 190
Stability at speed: 3.29 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.10 / 5
Crud performance: 3.18 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.14 / 5
Pro After all these years, the B3 is an institution. Thank heavens Rossi hasn’t lost interest and discontinued this perennial sales champ but has updated it to keep up with the times. In construction, the B3 is the same as the B-Squad (see Free XXL). In performance and overall feel—damp, powerful, smooth—it’s similar. But in versatility, it’s in its own class, thanks to a shape that gets the job done in even the deepest powder but really shines in everyday conditions: crud, bumps, groomers, etc. Perhaps no ski better blends muscle and nuance, flow and grace, calm and quickness. "A great ski, especially in crud and powder, though still fun on groomers," said Woods. "If you’re lazy, it is too, but strong skiers will love it." Con Not ideal for fans of light and lively skis.