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2011 Blizzard SL Magnesium Ski

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Pros: Edge Hold / Responsive Despite Stiffness / Surprisingly Good in Crude

Cons: Have to Drive It

Here is my set-up:
 
2011 Blizzard SL Magnesium 165cm w/Marker Piston Plates
Marker Comp 20
Tecnica Race 130
 
I'm a fast 45 year old.  I'm 220 pounds and in good shape.  I ski aggressively.  I win my age group and I finish in the top five overall in my beer league.
 
I was not surprised at how well the edge hold was.  I have heard great things about this ski and the edge hold.  Once I set the arc, the ski held very well.  It didn't want to wash out at all on the tail but still was easy to initiate into the next turn.  I could ease it into the next turn and carve another big arc or lay into the tip and drive a slalom turn fairly effortlessly.  I was surprised at how well it skied crud.  I was in frozen crud...late season night skiing...mash potatoes and then frozen mashed potatoes.  It blasted through it.  I wouldn't want to ski this stuff, with these skis, but they responded well.  I think these will be an outstanding beer league ski for a tighter course.  I also was surprised that I could initiate turns at very low speeds.  These are very stiff and you need to be centered to maintain control.
 
In comparison to my usual ski, a Nordica Dobermann WC SL, I'd say the Blizzards are stiffer, significantly more powerful off the tail and easier to initiate in a turn.  In addition, my Nordicas do not absorb the vibrations as well as these in crud.  I'd also say that the Blizzards are a more difficult ski to ski well.  My mounting point was 1.5 cm towards the tip on the Blizzards as opposed to the Nordicas and I felt like I had much more tail than that.  I'm really curious to see how much speed I can generate working the tails out of each turn.  I also noticed that the Blizzards required a little more independent leg movement to carve the same arc. 
 
Bottom-line is that I love my Nordicas but I think the Blizzards are going to be faster.  I feel more nimble on the Nordicas but they don't have the pop coming off the turn that the Blizzards have.
 

2011 Blizzard SL Magnesium Ski
Description:

Blizzard’s all new slalom weapon makes no compromises on the slope. Extraordinary edge grip and direct transmission of power for fast and curvy lines down the mountain. This highly specialized high-tech ski for short and quick turns has an incomparable urge to race curves – the result of world-cup tested components.

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ConstructionTop Secret, Radius 13,0 m
Core Material
Binding SystemComp 16.0/20.0 EPS
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended Use
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Sidecut
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