Pros: Playful and smooth
Cons: Too much overlap with my Black Pearl
Product: Blizzard Viva 8.0
Length Tested: 165
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 120/80/105mm Radius 18.0 m
Camber: Flipcore Rocker
Mount point: Suggested
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test:Winter Park
Number of Runs: 1
Snow Conditions: varied, firm/loose granular
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135lbs
Ski Days/Season: 80+
Years Skiing: 27
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: Kastle LX82, Blizzard Samba, DPS Yvette
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: off-piste, trees
Blizzard has brought the flip core technology from its freeride line to the front side with its top Viva model.
The 8.0 maintains the fun front side maneuverability of its predecessor while offering a nimble aspect that may have been missing. Add to that, the fact that its no longer a system ski which allows you to get the feedback that you’ve grown to love in the Blizzard Black Pearl. Its hard to compare the 2012 Viva 8.1 to the 2013 Viva 8.0, because they’re nothing alike. But I will say, the 8.0 took what I gave it and gave it back in grins.
Viva le' difference!!