2011 Blizzard G-Force Supersonic IQ Ski
|Lengths||160, 167, 174, 181|
|Turn Radius||15,5 m (174 cm)|
|Construction||IQ Sandwich Compound Sidewall|
|Binding System||IQ-TP 12 black CM IQ-TP 12 black IQ-TP 14 black|
|Sidecut||123 / 72 / 105|
Blizzard Supersonic G-Force IQ: Blizzard's frontside powerhouse; 72mm underfoot, 14.5m radius in the 167cm length tested.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
This ski has been out for a couple of years, but is still at the top of it's class. Dual titanium laminate with a wood core, gives it a very powerful feel. Not as quick as the narrower SC, but in the same class as the SX and CX: there is really very little functional difference between 2 or 3mm of waist width. This ski has the classic Blizzard feel: stout, powerful, awesome edge hold, very muscular, and likes to be skied from the cuff of the boot. I would put it more along the lines of the Magnum 8.1 in terms of flex (a good thing-I really like that ski) vs. something stiffer underfoot (Atlas). For me, the flex was nearly perfect, and the 167cm was the perfect carver length. I would have loved to try the 174cm: I bet that is a hoot, but not as energetic. At any rate, the 167cm held as well as any ski I tried on the manmade, steep groomer at Winter Park. The flex was soft enough and the ski forgiving enough that I really could attack out of the old turn, and “show the bases of my skis up the hill” as they say, when trying to get early and aggressive edge angle (half the battle on steep icy pitches, easier said than done). That early edge engagement and tip pressure is easier done on a carver than a pure race skis, as it takes less effort and speed. This ski hooked up early, and wouldn't let go. Over in the bumps, the Supersonic is a breeze! Great flex, easy to handle, good zipper line tool.
The Supersonic is a damp, snow-hugging ski, somewhat similar in feel to Head and Fischer, but a little livelier; maybe more similar to the old Head Full Metal Jacket cap ski lineup than the full laminate Monster and i-Supershape lineup. Either way, this is an exceptionally fun ski. I could imagine it being great in crud of moderate depth, as well: the flex is agreeable and it isn't overly demanding. Still suitable for strong advanced skiers and up. If you ski primarily firm snow but need a versatile, powerful ski, the Supersonic is still one of the best.