Pros: Great stability, no surprises, tenacious edge hold
First impression: The first impression was the strong edge grip. Please note that I put a 1 degree bevel on the base and a 3 degree bevel on the sides. I normally ski a 1 and 2 but the factory spec on the Blizzard is 1 and 3 so I decided to go with that to start. Skis were a bit railed so I took off quite a bit of bottom edge and left some to work with if needed.
Set Up: Skis are mounted on the line with a 300mm BSL boot. Skier is 6", 180 lbs. Top level skier with 50+ days per year for many years. Length is 180 cm.
I own a Blizzard 8.0 Ti from three years ago and a Blizzard Kabookie from 3 years ago. This one is supposed to land right in the middle. To me, it's an ideal blend of the two. Firm edge grip combined with easy, all around performance. Much more stable at speed than the Kabookie. More relaxed and less hyper than the 8.0 Ti. After two runs, I was asked by an instructor who was riding on my chair how I liked them. My comment was that they go where you point them until you point them someplace else. That's a strong trait in a ski. You are driving them, not the other way around.
They still have too much base edge, so I'll take a bit more off. The 3 degree bevel works fine. It isn't over aggressive and the edge engages and releases okay but will do that better with a little judicious file and stone work. I was very pleased with their performance. After they get skied in a bit and the edge finish gets dialed, they will only get better. New skis don't ski their best until they've been skied about half a dozen times. They will be my go to ski in Vermont next year.
Conditions on 4/8/15 were hard, groomed spring snow that had not softened up other than random sugary piles on some of the more popular Kmart slopes.
PS -- I think that Blizzard nailed the graphics and colors on this ski. Very distinctive, but with a clean, no BS look.