Pros: Great Carver. Stable at speed
Cons: Not ideal for deep snow
Product: Blizzard Viva 8.1
Length Tested: 158
Turn Radius: 15M
Camber :Traditional, Early Rise Tip
Binding: IQ Max
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: WinterPark, Boreal
Number of Runs: Multiple
Snow Conditions: Mixed
Demo or Own: Demo
The Viva 8.1 with its new construction for 2012, was on the top of my list when I demo’d skis. They didn’t have my preferred length on hand (165), so I took out the 158. I was a little unsure how the early rise tip would work on a carver ski but Blizzard, as usual, got it right! The Viva 8.1 continues to be one of the best all mountain carvers, inspiring me to lay down railroad tracks and seek out little poppers to catch a little air, and continues to build confidence to blow away crud and seek out moguls.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a front side carver that can really take you all over the mountain, this may be the ski for you!
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 lbs
Average days on snow: 50+
Years Skiing: 15-30
Current Quiver: Kastle LX82, Blizzard Black Pearl, DPS Yvette Pure
Home Area: Northstar, Squaw
Preferred Terrain: Varied terrain, Off-piste, Trees
Aggressiveness: The moderate side of aggressive, looking for an extra dose of RAWR!