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2011 Blizzard M Power Full Suspension IQ-Max Ski


Pros: Bombproof feel on icy steeps at speed, super smooth - no chatter whatsoever, pull off a variety of turn shapes with ease

Cons: 8.7 has a slightly vague feel underfoot on ice - not bad for width

Used the 7.2 a lot last year,  mostly for race nights. The 167cm was perfect for the "super-slalom" course at the local mountain.  Very smooth ski with no limits that I could find.  I skied the 8.7 last night in the course and was still impressed given the width and icy conditions.  A little tough in the troughs, but it held.  You can flex out a slalom turn with out too much difficulty, just trust the rails you're attached to. Second run, I switched to the 2012 Volkl RTM 77 in  the 171cm length. That ski rocks on hard pack. Maybe the best compromise between the Blizzards, wicked edge bite with great stability.

2011 Blizzard M Power Full Suspension IQ-Max Ski

Never think about good or bad conditions again, M-POWER FS IQ-MAX takes it all. this remarkably versatile ski employs a sturdy construction for those who want to explore the off-piste areas on their favourite mountain. If it’s powder, tracked or even groomed. IQ-Power Full Suspension combined with the Piston Oil Dampening System make this ski realy impressive. The Powerframe technology and the development of the suspension control 3D allows the ski to flex smoothly in all snow conditions. The result is reliability with power and edge grip.

Turn Radius18,5 m (174 cm)
ConstructionIQ Sandwich Compund Sidewall
Core Material
Binding SystemIQ-TP 14 Black
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended Use
Recommended Binding
Sidecut 128 / 87 / 112
Model Year2011
Binding Type
Recommended Level
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC



From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


Blizzard M-Power FS IQ: new ski from Blizzard. Has the IQ power suspension rail system. We have a pair in the shop, they look like skis you would if Luke and Han were skiing on Hoth instead of riding Tauntauns. In other words, very techie.



These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  


About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black 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. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 



I skied this last of the 2-day demo at Winter Park, in 174cm. My leg (still recovering from a break 2 years prior) was killing me, and I was tired. Still, I had just been on the Supersonic IQ from Blizzard and came away very impressed. When I stepped onto the M-Power, it had a completely different feel. Perhaps it was just me, but this ski seemed to be one of the heaviest I had ever been on. First run down was Outhouse, which is a double-black bump run, with rocks and trees scattered throughout for added challenge. Well, I was owned on this ski, plain and simple. It simply overpowered me; too stiff, too demanding, and I couldn't be tired and still ski the M-Power to it's potential. On groomers, this was perhaps the most stable mid-fat I have ever tried, given the short 174cm length. Holy cow! It was locked into the snow like no other ski tested. Unshakable, and with vice-like edge grip. If you break loose on this ski, you aren't getting enough edge angle and need to ski more dynamically. The ski is not at fault. Again, no speed limit in crud. My main beef with this ski is that it felt like a Mack truck that had lost it's brakes on a steep grade. I just got owned by it in any sort of tight situation. But, others who out-weigh me by 50lbs are so are saying it is one of the best skis around. Just not optimal for lightweights, even fit ones.



Pros: no speed limit, as smooth and damp as any ski on the market

Cons: heavy, expensive, not for bumps or tight spaces. More of a big-turn feel if you can't flex it.

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