Review: Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Open Skis · 2024

Published on 02/27/2024 · 3 min readCurated Ski Expert Ian Hamilton shares his experience with using the 2024 Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Open Skis. Note that experts are not sponsored by any brands; these are their honest opinions.
Ian Hamilton, Ski Expert
Lucia L, Ski Expert
max pilling, Ski Expert
By Curated Experts Ian Hamilton, Lucia L and max pilling
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The Curated Take

3.7/5

The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Open Skis are excellent for beginner and intermediate skiers seeking a playful, all-mountain experience. Lightweight and twin-tip, they're great for tricks and easy turning, although not ideal for deep powder or high-speed stability. They're excellent for those learning to carve and maneuver in varied conditions. While they offer decent durability and versatility, their soft flex and lack of stiffness make them less suitable for aggressive skiers. Overall, these skis are a value-for-money choice for skiers progressing in skill and exploring different terrains, especially those interested in freestyle or terrain park skiing.

Ideal for
  • Playful all-mountain ski
  • Lightweight construction
Not ideal for
  • Not stiff enough for aggressive skiers
  • Not stable at high speeds
  • Freestyle-oriented
Flotation
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
At 90mm wide, these just aren't quite wide enough to deal with a deep powder day. The rocker in the tip and tail will make them fun on moderate powder...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
While the Rossignol Sender 90 Pros were not my go-to ski for a powder day, I was pretty impressed with the amount of float they offered. With a 90mm waist,...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
Despite being narrow, some rocker helps with flotation in softer snow. The same rocker that makes it easy to turn also makes it easy to float in deepish snow. These...Read more
Carving
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
The twin tip design with rocker in the tip and tail make these less of a carving ski than other Rossignol ski lines. They still did fine, and carved switch...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
If someone is transitioning from pizza to French fries, the Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a great option to get into carving. The ski is easy to get on edge...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
These are great for learning the basics of carving and turning. They hold an edge well at lower speeds and have a pretty short turn radius, enabling me to carve...Read more
High Speed Stability
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
Unfortunately playfulness and high speed stability are often at odds, and this ski compromises high speed stability for maximum playfulness. The lightweight design and soft flex that make this ski...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is surprisingly stable at high speeds, especially for those learning to pick up speeds and reach new levels. The core of the ski is made...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
These skis don't do too well when going fast. They are catered more towards being easy to turn at lower speeds at the expense of high-speed stability. They do fine...Read more
Playfulness
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
The combination of lightweight construction, twin tip design, and forgiving flex pattern make these about as poppy and playful a ski as one will find. I loved that about them....Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a solid option for most riders. However, most beginner skis will have very little play and pop and act almost like 2x4 planks while...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
Soft flex leads these skis to be a pretty playful ski. They do great at turning at slow speeds and can pivot and flex easily. While not a freestyle ski,...Read more
Durability
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
I was only able to ski them for a single day, and didn't notice any wear, and the construction seemed solid in my hands. The only problem I foresee is...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
Rentals is the ultimate test to see the durability of a ski. They go out with all sorts of riders in all sorts of conditions. I have seen the Rossignol...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
I found that despite being lightweight, these skis are built very well. They will last quite a few seasons of use. The base and edges are very durable and built...Read more
Turn Ease
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
These are a very approachable ski. They are very lightweight with rocker in the tip and tail which makes it very easy to initiate turns both on and off piste,...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro makes very easy, smooth turns. The turns are easy to initiate and hold well throughout. The Senders are ideal for skiers transitioning from pizza to...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
With a bit of rocker and flex, these skis turn easily. They are smooth. Even though they don't get on edge very easily, they do hold an edge well, and...Read more
Versatility
Ian Hamilton, Curated Expert
This is a very capable all mountain ski, except for deep powder days. 90mm isn't wide enough to get much float in deep snow, but the rocker in the tip...Read more
Lucia L, Curated Expert
The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a versatile ski for beginner and intermediate users. While the skis are narrow enough to learn how to carve and shift edge to edge,...Read more
max pilling, Curated Expert
At a 90-width, these do well on groomers and can hold their own off-piste. They have some rocker, which helps in softer snow and powder. For a beginner-intermediate skier, these...Read more

Curated Experts are not sponsored by brands. Their reviews are based on their honest experiences testing products.
About the ski gear
  • Model: Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Open Skis · 2024
Test conditions
  • When I tested these: Early in the 2024 season
  • Where I’ve used them: Crystal Mountain, WA
  • How many times I've used it: 3

Expert Reviews of the Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Open Skis

 This is one of the most affordable entry points into all mountain twin tip skis, so I was really excited to give them a try because that's the type of skiing I do! I first noticed how light they were, which is great for doing tricks and skiing playfully. They were easy to hop, switch, carve, and pop off lips. I had a great time skiing them, but they weren't quite enough ski for me as an expert skier. When I went too fast or put a ton of power into the ski I didn't feel as confident or stable as I like. But this ski is made for the beginner to upper intermediate skier who wants to explore the whole mountain and do some tricks, so for that skier, this is a great option.
 During testing, I found this version of the Sender to be ideal for beginners looking to expand all around the mountain. The 90mm waist made the ski easy to manage and turn in all terrain. I found the 180cm to act shorter than other 180cm skis. This is due to the early rise rocker tip. The ski shifts quickly from side to side, but I found it to be a bit buttery on the edge. I personally like a ski that really holds its edge, but for a less aggressive skier, the Sender 90 Pro is excellent. At higher speeds, I found the ski to have a little more chatter, but pushing through crud, it was pretty smooth. I would use this ski on all-mountain terrain, although I might opt for something a little wider in over 6" of fresh snow.
max pilling Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a great option for those who want a versatile, smooth ride. The ski feels stable and does a great job of dampening vibrations. It likes to hold an edge, and while it is hard to get on edge, it has a short turn radius and is lightweight, allowing me to pop up and swivel the ski easily. It does great in a little bit of soft snow and enables me to float well while still being maneuverable. This ski feels great to cruise in and makes skiing easier as it dampens most vibrations. It has a more directional design, which isn't as good for freestyle but helps with edge holding and maneuverability. This is a great option for all-mountain skiers who want to do a bit of everything.

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderMen's
Includes bindingsNo
Model year2024
Ski typeFreeride
Skill levelIntermediate

Review Ratings

Averaged between reviewers, view below how all experts voted.

Flotation

3/5
 gave 2 of 5 stars. At 90mm wide, these just aren't quite wide enough to deal with a deep powder day. The rocker in the tip and tail will make them fun on moderate powder days, but over a foot of snow and they will be struggling. There are wider models in the Rossignol Sender line that are better powder options.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. While the Rossignol Sender 90 Pros were not my go-to ski for a powder day, I was pretty impressed with the amount of float they offered. With a 90mm waist, I expected them to sink through fresh snow. However, because of their wider tip and tail and early rise rocker tip, these skis stayed afloat pretty well and were easy to navigate through freshies on a powder day.
max pilling gave 3 of 5 stars. Despite being narrow, some rocker helps with flotation in softer snow. The same rocker that makes it easy to turn also makes it easy to float in deepish snow. These will be okay for anything up to 5" of powder. Anything else, and skiers will want some wider skis for powder.

Carving

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. The twin tip design with rocker in the tip and tail make these less of a carving ski than other Rossignol ski lines. They still did fine, and carved switch well, but they aren't as solid as other options. They held an edge decently, but carving is not this skis forte.
 gave 3 of 5 stars. If someone is transitioning from pizza to French fries, the Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a great option to get into carving. The ski is easy to get on edge and shifts effortlessly. However, when skiers reach a more advanced level of carving, they will notice some limitations with this specific ski. Because of the ski's sidecut, they will have less edge hold on the tails and see that they butter out when carving on steeper terrain. A more aggressive version of the Sender might be a better option for skiers looking to carve.
max pilling gave 4 of 5 stars. These are great for learning the basics of carving and turning. They hold an edge well at lower speeds and have a pretty short turn radius, enabling me to carve well. These skis dampen the bumps well, helping me focus on my carving technique. They carve well at medium speeds.

High Speed Stability

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. Unfortunately playfulness and high speed stability are often at odds, and this ski compromises high speed stability for maximum playfulness. The lightweight design and soft flex that make this ski so fun also make them not damp or stable when going fast. They felt decent, but not the best high speed option.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is surprisingly stable at high speeds, especially for those learning to pick up speeds and reach new levels. The core of the ski is made up of wood, which helps dampen bumps and lumps while learning to carve. However, the wood core does have its limitations when traveling at higher speeds. I noticed that they returned less than I gave once I started taking these skis to advanced terrain and putting more into the ski. I describe this as the Sender 90 Pro "speed limit." It's not the end of the world, but if skiers like something that goes fast, consider a ski with metal in the core.
max pilling gave 3 of 5 stars. These skis don't do too well when going fast. They are catered more towards being easy to turn at lower speeds at the expense of high-speed stability. They do fine on smooth groomers, but these skis get a little squirrely at high speed as soon as it gets bumpy.

Playfulness

4/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The combination of lightweight construction, twin tip design, and forgiving flex pattern make these about as poppy and playful a ski as one will find. I loved that about them. They were easy to butter, had a lot of pop for jumps, and were easy to spin on. If a playful all-mountain twin tip is what someone is looking for, this is a great affordable option.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a solid option for most riders. However, most beginner skis will have very little play and pop and act almost like 2x4 planks while they ride on them. I thought the Rossignol Sender 90 Pros did a great job holding more play in their performance. Skiers can easily move on the skis and have them pop in and out of turns or over small side hits.
max pilling gave 4 of 5 stars. Soft flex leads these skis to be a pretty playful ski. They do great at turning at slow speeds and can pivot and flex easily. While not a freestyle ski, they lend themselves to a slower to medium skiing speed. They hold an edge well but can be pushed loose and pivot easily.

Durability

4/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. I was only able to ski them for a single day, and didn't notice any wear, and the construction seemed solid in my hands. The only problem I foresee is how light and soft they are. For a heavier or more aggressive skier, I think there could be a chance of snapping them on a hard jump landing or a high force situation.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Rentals is the ultimate test to see the durability of a ski. They go out with all sorts of riders in all sorts of conditions. I have seen the Rossignol Sender 90 Pro go out countless times, and they still look great. Rossignol skis have durable bases, and these skis reflect that. The topsheets hold up well, with a material resistant to most scratches and cuts.
max pilling gave 5 of 5 stars. I found that despite being lightweight, these skis are built very well. They will last quite a few seasons of use. The base and edges are very durable and built well, while the topsheet is not prone to delamination. These skis should last quite a few seasons of use.

Turn Ease

5/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. These are a very approachable ski. They are very lightweight with rocker in the tip and tail which makes it very easy to initiate turns both on and off piste, forward and switch. They felt really nimble and playful, with smooth and quick transitions from turn to turn. Overall this is a great all mountain turning ski for the lighter or less aggressive skier.
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro makes very easy, smooth turns. The turns are easy to initiate and hold well throughout. The Senders are ideal for skiers transitioning from pizza to parallel turns. I noticed they lack a bit of edge hold on steeper terrain when traveling at high speeds, but overall, the turns on intermediate and beginner terrain were smooth and easy to maneuver.
max pilling gave 5 of 5 stars. With a bit of rocker and flex, these skis turn easily. They are smooth. Even though they don't get on edge very easily, they do hold an edge well, and the rocker plus lightweight helps them to be easy to throw around.

Versatility

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. This is a very capable all mountain ski, except for deep powder days. 90mm isn't wide enough to get much float in deep snow, but the rocker in the tip and tail will help. Up to a foot of snow and these would be fun, but will struggle in more than that. Solid versatility terrain wise, they were comfortable in all the terrain I skied on them.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro is a versatile ski for beginner and intermediate users. While the skis are narrow enough to learn how to carve and shift edge to edge, their wider early-rise tails travel smoothly through powder and support skiers in choppy conditions. Most beginner skis are pretty limited in what conditions they can handle, but these are a solid all-mountain option.
max pilling gave 4 of 5 stars. At a 90-width, these do well on groomers and can hold their own off-piste. They have some rocker, which helps in softer snow and powder. For a beginner-intermediate skier, these will get me all over the mountain on almost any terrain.

FAQs

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

I had a great run on these popping side hits, carving switch turns and buttering off cat tracks. This is a super playful ski and that's the skiing I like to do, so I had a blast.
max pilling While riding through some slushy bumpy groomers, I could really open up and go fast through the bumps without really noticing or feeling them. This led to my feeling stable and my feet feeling great after skiing.

Why did you choose this product?

This is one of the most affordable twin tip all-mountain skis, and I recommend it a lot to skiers interested in trying out some terrain park or switch skiing. So I wanted to see how playful and versatile it was, and I was impressed at both attributes.
I chose to try these skis as we send many customers out on the Sender 90 Pros. I really like the Sender series and wanted to see the difference between them all.
max pilling I chose this product as I wanted something that would be agile but still enable me to easily cruise around the whole mountain.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

This is a great value option for beginner to intermediate skiers getting into terrain park or all mountain skiing. Solid performance and construction for a really reasonable price.
I think the money for the value of the Sender 90 Pro is about the best skiers can get. These skis come at an affordable price point and come with slide bindings, which saves on the cost of bindings and mounting. The skis are also high-performing, well made, and are bound to last for many seasons.

What do you love about this product?

I love the combination of lightweight construction, twin tip design, and playfulness. These were super fun to jump around the mountain on.
I love how easy these skis are to turn and manage underfoot. They are great skis to learn on, especially if someone is growing as a skier.
max pilling This ski does a great job of smoothing out vibrations and dampening all the little bumps, leading to a smooth ride.

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