The Nova 14 Ti sits atop Rossignol's ever-popular piste line up for women; the Nova family ranges from a £300 ski school bulk buy, right up to this race-inspired, Carbon Alloy Matrix and titanal infused powerhouse. Given that 'no va' means 'doesn't go' in Spanish, the name should be considered entirely inappropriate.
If you are an instructor or an ex-ski racer, then this is the model you have been looking for. Our tester, Emma, is an ex-racer herself and she was having flashbacks of her glory days. As you'd expect this ski is entirely happy at high speeds and absolutely ripping in a carve. Perhaps unexpectedly it is also incredibly effective at lower speeds too, and of course tight, quick turns are a breeze with that skinny waist and hourglass sidecut.
Having said that, this is not really a ski for occasional skiers; it is aimed squarely at strong, experienced skiers but anyone looking for something not quite so rocket-like should look at models lower down the range.
Combined with a pretty attractive top sheet (and of course that curvy silhouette) this is a ski that meets the high expectations set by the not insignificant price tag.