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.
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.