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Rossignol Alias Carbon 2011 Ski Review

As part of our 2011 Rossignol preview, we marked out the Alias as one to watch. At just £330/$559 Carbon including bindings (Axium 110 range), the Alias really is the affordable all mountain rocker.

Rossignol Alias Carbon 2011

Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

136 / 120-74-110 / -
146 / 120-74-110 / -
156 / 120-74-110 / -
166 / 120-74-110 / 15
176 / 120-74-110 / -

Manufacturer's Description

The first piste ski which adapts instantaneously to all conditions - snow and terrain. A brand new ski concept for intermediate to good carver skier, looking for more motion freedom. AutoTurn, a cross-jonction technology, between Oversize carving skis and Rocker skis. It brings grip under the foot and control and balance on tip&tail. The ALIAS Carbon has a reinforced layer which brings energy and rebound.

Ski Review's Verdict:

Rossignol are spot on with the price and the handling is nimble as billed. The Alias measures up with a 120 tip, 74 waist, 110 tail and a radius of 16m on the 166cm that I skied.

The design is a mix between of an oversize carving ski (think Zenith, or Avenger in the US) and a rocker ski. Let’s get one thing straight – the rocker is very subtle and at first glance the early rise tips and tails that allow this ski to be referred to as having a rocker profile (290mm of tip, and 190mm if tail) is hardly noticeable. You still have regular camber under the foot and along all the still substantial effective edge but the tips and tails start to curve upwards earlier. With cap construction and billed as 80% on piste, the Alias Carbon is made of a wood core wrapped in fibre glass with some stiffening carbon in the mix for the racier intermediate skier, and its great value.

The Alias is loads of fun on the motorways and can be pushed really hard without too much loss of stability and control.

This ski proves that rocker does have a place for the piste; the early rise tip assists with initiating a turn as less of the skis surface area at the tip is making contact with the snow, and edge catching is less of an issue for the developing skier.

If you hammer this ski down a well groomed run whilst carving forget about the rocker! Flat out it does feel a little twitchy but I was on the 166 on a ski that has a reduced effective edge due to the early rising tips and tails. Off piste, or simply to the side, the Alias performs as you’d expect. This is no 120mm wide powder hound, but with 74 underfoot it’ll handle a variety of crud, chopped up snow and light powder and with the rocker just that little bit more easy to fling them about.

If you want something that will carve arcs on the groomers, but give you some flexibility to explore the mountain with almost zero compromise on piste performance, take a look at the Alias. Great fun and a great ski for an improving skier especially with the option of the Carbon as reviewed here or standard (red) version.

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