Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 74
Lengths: 135, 142, 149, 156, 164
The 2017 Rossignol Famous 2 is a light, soft, low-priced frontside carver aimed at novice and intermediate women who stick to groomed slopes. It's an economical cap construction with foam core, sold only as a system, with a 10-DIN Look Xpress binding. (Rossignol-branded bindings have been discontinued for 2017. Sister-brand Look now provides all bindings for Rossignol system skis.) Rossignol's Famous line of frontside women's carving/cruising skis includes three models (down from four last year), all with groomer-ready waist widths of 73 or 74 mm. Tight sidecut radii (around 12 meters) make them eager carvers for women who know how to tip and pressure a ski. They're similar to the men's Pursuit line of hard-snow carvers, but in lighter, softer constructions suitable to women. All are built on airy paulownia wood cores. Subtle tip rocker smooths out terrain shocks and hastens hook-up in new turns, while full camber underfoot gives them strong edge grip and snappy rebound. All are sold as systems (ie., with binding). Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.