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2009 Blizzard G Force Supersonic IQ Ski


Pros: Quickness/agility, edge hold, rebound, short turns

Cons: Slightly unstable on super high speed/long radius turns

These are awesome skis for ripping short turns on hard snow. Love their kick out of the turn, their energy and quickness, and their hold on ice/hard snow.  Seem pretty good for bumps (they're stiff but just soft enough to handle most bumps) but have only hit a few bumps so far.  Have not skied them yet in crud/soft snow, but I have wider skis for those days.


I'm an athletic but small ex-racer,  5'5", 148 lbs.  I only use these in the Northeast.  I like to charge pretty hard, and prefer short to medium turns.  I'm on 167s which seem about right.  Also the out of the box tune seemed pretty decent.  Very happy so far, after 4 days (Killington and Berkshire East.)


May even do some beer league racing on them.


I was looking for an east coast groomer ski since that's where I spend most of my time. The Supersonic seemed to fill the bill for me because:
I like wood core skis with metal in them.
I like basic sandwich skis with vertical sidewalls.
I like skis with low camber.
I like the simplicity of the IQ system.
I like the Duke type heel piece.
I find the Blizzard line the most organized and well defined so there was little involved in figuring out which model would do the job.
My old friend Weems said he was going to be on them this year.

The shape (123-72-105) is more extreme than any ski I've owned. The length (174) make this the shortest ski I've owned.
Would it be too unstable at speed or force me to make to make short radius turns all the time? I've been skiing on skis in the Volkl G40, G4, AX4, Explosiv, Mantra (love the 06-07 Mantra) lineage for quite a while and like the feel of those skis. With ex-Volkl engineers on board at Blizzard, my guess was that they would get it right. To put things in context, I'm not a fan of the Volkl AC3, AC30, AC40 genre. Too much camber, too heavy an edge for my tastes which (to me) limits their versatility. Also not a fan of the fan favorite Dynastar Legend 8000. Autodrive don't work for me.

Well groomed eastern snow.

First impressions: Very favorable. No weirdness. Comfortable and balanced from the first turn.

Second date: I skied on them twice this week and they've only gotten better. They are very predictable, or as my wife would say, "obedient." Like a faithful dog (dog in the good sense)they only want to please their master. Easy pressure and they turn easy. Quick carved turn? No problem. Stomp on the gas? They give you a strong, balanced platform to stand against. Dial up the speed and make big radius turns? They lay right down and hug the snow. The best thing is that they allow me relax and let the ski do the work. Get on them early in the turn and they take it from there. You can tighten up the radius with a little more pressure, or back off and let them run. There wasn't any super slick stuff, but they held and carved without protest on the hardest stuff I could find.

I have not skied them in anything but consistent, hard snow conditions, but my experience is that if they work well there, they'll work well anywhere.

Me: 6'0", 175 lbs. High level skier (don't know what those level numbers mean). Spend lots of time off piste and touring in the spring in Europe. Bought my first AT boots in '82.

Other rambling random observations: The past few years I've convinced myself that I can ski everything on 85 - 95 mm waisted skis. That's true up to a point, but getting on these makes me think that I've been missing out on a lot of fun. Bob Barnes has made some good comments here on how he uses his narrower Head skis at Jackson a lot and how he is still learning about all the things that he can do with them. All I know is that I can't wait to go skiing again.

Bottom line: Definitely worth a good hard look if you're thinking about something in that category. I'm betting that they work well pretty much anywhere, but time will tell.


by Choucas 12/5/08

If you are looking for a primarily front side, groomer ski, and are strong and aggressive, the Supersonic is great. It is quick, lively, and holds a turn well.


Pros: CRONUS: Soft snow bias with great grip. Huge sweet spot. Forgiving. Playful. SS: Powerhouse. Ultimate grip. Straight track w/o punishment. Turns quik

Cons: None yet, Both are really 80% skis, so very nice overlap for mixed conditions.

Me: 53 yo. (and 44 year skier), 5'9.5 and 160lbs, level 9 (so I have been told by instructors), Eastern skier, preferred terrain - short turns down steep fall line

Current ride: 2007-8 Blizzard Titan Cronus; Dalbello Krypton Pro

Location: Tested at Sugarloaf (Maine) April 11, 2009/Les Deux Alpes, June 2009

Conditions: Classic spring skiing in Maine - 45-50 degrees
                 LDA ski camp on glacier

  Snow: Sugarloaf - Groomed hardpack and ice on top/ ungroomed mash potatoes at mid/ corn toward bottom
            Les Deux Alpes - from frozen corduroy to mush (all in four hours)

Test: I have wanted to test this ski since I first started reading about it earlier this year. And I have been a member of the elusive "Blizzard clan" since I got my Titan Cronus's late last year. I have grown to love the TC's. They are the ultimate fun ski - easy going, frolicking, always agreeable. On soft snow they carve with an edge unexpected from a ski with an 88mm waist, soft tip and no metal top sheet. While they have a big turning radius (19m?), they can be pressed with no effort into short scarved turns without balking. I took them to Vail and Deer Valley for my first out west in February and March. No big pow but some boot top height at Vail and softies at Deer Valley. The TC shined and gave me the confidence to get into the Daly Chutes which I would not have done if not for the utter trust in the TC. 

But they have their limits. No ski can do it all. And when you get the TC on real hard pack and ice it looks up at you wondering if you are mad. Not that it can not handle these conditions. I can scarve my way down the edges of an ice covered trail. But forget trying to hold an edge on a traverse or in medium turns. And that is no criticism of the TC. No hammer should be asked to tighten a screw.

That is why I wanted to try the Supersonic. And I was not disappointed. But I was not immediately smitten by them either. I skied them the entire day. It was 40 degrees warming to 50 as the sun rose. My first two runs were on flat, wide blue level trails. The snow was soft (3-4"), ungroomed with small clumps of mush. My first reaction after pushing off was that these skis seem a LOT longer than the TC's. But there is only 1mm difference. I figured out it was because I could feel the entire length of the ski. On the TC, the tails are, how shalI say, a throwaway. And that caused me some issues at first. The long turns I made were splendid. The Supersonics hook up quickly and effortlessly and will stay fixed on a trajectory until instructed to change edge, which again was effortless. I skied timidly for the first couple runs not knowing how the low profile tip and medium narrow waist (72mm) would handle the softies - not their optimal terrain. Not to worry. I was struck by the amount on energy the skis seemed to dissipate. They did not so much float over the soft, even with the wide shovel (123mm?) as plow through it. In his excellent review, gcanoe described the ski as "glued" to the snow surface. That was my impression as well. You really can let these skis run with utter confidence, even on ungroomed softies. Conversely, I saw a bunch of racer types on their short Atomic and Fischer race boards get bounced all over the place on this snow.

The trouble began with those short turns I like to make. I initiated a few and thought "What the hell. Why won't the tails release?" Lesson #1. The TC are a scarvers delight. With a big radius and soft tail, you make short turns by carving the top of the turn and scarve the rest. Not with the Supersonics, and particularly not in mush. Once hooked up, they want you to complete the turn. I tried to overski and even manhandle them. Not good. And so I listened and learned. Be patient. Apply increasing pressure throughout the turn and the ski will come around and in a lovely line. Thank you for that lesson. So I did. And was rewarded with the experience of carving the full short radius turns. This lesson came in handy later in the day. So after a few runs, we were getting to know each other. I was gaining more confidence as I began to figure out what this ski wanted me to do.

As the day progressed, I discovered that this ski does not necessarily demand very precise technique but certainly rewards it. I own a pair of Volkl Supersport 6* in 175cm. They punish any technical indiscretion. While the Supersonics might "roll their eyes," at a technical blunder, they remain kind if not impatient for you to get your sh*t back together. And ultimately I did. First, I tested different postures - crouched, forward, back, etc. And I found that the best that worked for me was a more upright, very centered stance. I am upright on the TC's as well, but tend to have my center of pressure just aft of the arch. Looking back, I suspect that I do this to try to engage the tail more. You do not have to do this on the Supersonic. It rewards dead centered COM (if that is a proper use of the term), subject to tweaks on the fly, of course. In this stance, you feel the entire length of the ski which feels very engaged. I ski in Dalbello Krypton Pros and have found that I use my knees a great deal to fine tune turns, much more than I did in my old Tecnica XT 17 plugs. And the Supersonics approve.

The best skiing of the day was high up on the hill where the snow was still hard and shallow. And there were some steep sheets of ice. Just what I got this ski for. As an aside, they came from the Happy Tunes ski shop in Carrabassett Valley, which put an absolutely killer tune on them. I later learned that they tune their skis before every demo. That is righteous. Great guys too. Got to love a ski shop that dedicates more square footage to its tuning enterprise than to its retail space.

So I made my way over to White Nitro which by reputation has some of the steepest pitches in the East. The trail is wide and was free of bumps, for the most part. It is groomed by winch. And because it stayed cold higher up, the groomers were able to get up it recently. In the morning, the surface was hard and edgible, with sheets of ice where turning was marginal. Again, I like to ski the fall line with short turns for speed control. I skied this same trail in very similar conditions two weeks ago on the TC's. I swear they sent me the following message through my feet: "What the hell am I doing here." Fair enough. There was no way to hold an edge on the icy traverse. The heels kept washing out even with very focused boot pressure and CM moving down hill. But I could scarve down the edge in my usual fashion. Here is where their burly brother really shined. The steeper the pitch, the more responsive and surefooted the Supersonics were. No tail wash today. Nice surgically cut short and medium turns all the way down. The ski was so quick to move edge to edge and hook up that I could literally go as slow as I wanted down this 30 plus degree hardpack/icy slope. At the end of the trail extention, and just before it dumps unceremoniously on a flat cat track, the trail steepens considerably. I have read it is 58 degrees. I am not a good judge of such things, but it is steep and usually has a sheet of ice from folks skidding down it. Not the Supersonics. They just continued to carve down the icy edge. If there was a bit of scarving, it was from me, not them, losing my "edge." As I looked up the pitch, I saw people timidly picking and sliding their way down. Now while I do know how to ski these conditions, the Supersonic just let me do it with great confidence.

For me that run was the litmus test. The Supersonics proved to be as capable and dependable in hard and ice as their TC brother is in the soft stuff. 

I am not much of a bump skier. But I was on these, and it surprised the crap out of me that a ski that can do the icy steeps and run on the wild side, can do the bumps easy enough for me to do enjoy the bumps. Now I am not talking about a mogul field, but bumps the that inevitably form from a day of skiers sculpting turns on soft. They were fun on these skis because I could literally carve quick power turns around the bumps, like a sports cars threading a line of cones. And I was also suprised to find that when I went over one (with soft knees), the ski seemed to absorb the energy from it rather than spool up and bounce as the TC's tend to do. Again, the "glue factor." It was great fun, so much so that I went looking for this terrain. 

By the end of the day, I really felt as if I had a handle on this ski which is so much different that the TC. I was even able to coax it into a series of scarved turns down a straight trail that is about 7' wide. They didn't like it, but they did it. The Volkl 6* would have catapulted me into the nearest pine tree - and snickered.

To be fair to the Supersonics, I was using these skis mostly in soft, ungroomed conditions where they could not be expected to shine. But they did. Truly I would have been happier dancing around on the 88mm TC's yesterday. But the Supersonics, even on my first day on them, and learning how to ski this ski, performed admirably in the soft stuff and bumps, and majestically on the the steep hardpacked and ice. 

Trying new skis out is fun, particularly when they are so different from your current ride. The best part was that I learned as much about my skiing and technique yesterday as I did about the qualities of this ski. When a ski can teach you something, you should listen. I came away thinking that the TC is the ski for how I turn, and the Supersonic is the ski for how I aspire to turn. I learned to be patient and allow the ski's geometry to take command without my interference. And I was rewarded with an utterly unflappable and even elegant ride. And that is why I am going to buy a pair. I can not imagine a better two ski Eastern quiver than the Blizzard brothers. And while I know that they are out of stock now, I have read that, except for graphics, the ski is the same for 2010.

I finally want to mention that this ski seems to be skier size sensitive as well. The most favorable reviews have come from skiers, like me, who are lightweights. At least one reviewer, who topped the scale at around 200 and was well over 6' found it to be unsubstantial, while he found the Dynastar 4x4 to be more to his liking. I have tried to write this review in as painful detail as possible in the event that someone is not in a position to demo before buying. But I strongly encourage trying this ski before pulling the trigger. The Titan Cronus you could buy untested. I did on a lark from Tramdock, and it has been great. But it is a much easier going ride and does not make the kinds of demands the Supersonics do. But if you get on the Supersonics and listen to them, they will be a great partner on the hill, and may just make you a better skier. Thanks for reading.

 Post script (update 11/09):
 After completing this review, and reading of other's experiences with the Supersonic, I went on a quest for the the ski in the 167cm and ultimately found a demo pair from a shop in Vermont. Picked them up in May for a trip in June to Les Deux Alpes for a ski camp on the glacier. Spent six days of drilling, training, drilling, training with master teacher Rick Schnellman (aka Fastman). Could not imagine a better teacher or better ski for the experience.

  First off, the 167cm was better for my size than the 174cm, at least in these circumstances. We were doing slow speed drills that involved just a couple turns each time. The Supersonics were brilliant with this slow dance. No demands. No pushing to go faster to be compliant. The 174's, with the longer tail, would have required more speed. But, as I found with the 174's, it is a technical ski that rewards good technique. And not only did Rick let me know when I was getting it, the Supersonics did as well. 

The conditions at LDA were also perfect for ski testing. We would get up on the glacier at 8:00 and it would be rock hard corduroy. With each run, the conditions would soften. And by the last run, around 12:30, we would be high up on the glacier, and the snow would be mush. That is when they closed the lift. The Supersonic seemed unruffled by any of these conditions. The fact that it clearly excelled in the softer conditions, simply reflects my own limitations. Simply put, this is a perfect ski for the Eastern skier (with the Titan Cronus or progeny for those powder glory days). And the better you are, they better they are. Just as Nolo says below, they are ready to do all the work. Makes the ski utterly delightful and less fatiguing than most, even when there is work to be done.

While my experience with this ski at speed was limited given the training regimen, I got to let them rip on the last run of the session. It was on the GS course set for the racers. Just like I like it. Steep and smooth. Speed + Supersonics + Technique = WOW! I made the best turns of my 40+ years of skiing. The Supersonics were rock solid at appx 40mph - even in the 167cm. Rick said they were the best turns I had made all week. Nothing like a little speed....

  By the end of the week, I went from "skiing like Stein no longer skis" as I put it, to someone who was carving with angulation, counter and inside leg extension. Totally revolutionized my skiing. I have Rick to thank for that - and the Supersonics as well. They did help to make me a better skier, just as I thought they would. Highest marks.

2009 Blizzard G Force Supersonic IQ Ski

The G-Force line is in a league of it's own: Aggressive front side, all mountain skis. Maximum speed meets maximum versatility in this high performance line. The G-Force series is suitable for all types of skiers - from ambitious athletic professionals to recreational skiers.

Turn Radius14.5m@167cm;15.5m@174cm
Core Material
Binding System
Recommended Usecarving hardpack
Recommended Binding
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Additional Info
Model Year2008/9
Binding Included
Binding Type
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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