Pros: Nimble, playful and versatile
Cons: Extra firm groomers are not ideal
2014 Blizzard Sheeva
I've been a big fan of the Blizzard Dakota for the past two years and was a little disappointed to see Blizzard discontinue it, only to be replaces by a twin tip. How dare they!?
Well, as usual, the folks at Blizzard know what they're doing and the Sheeva is no exception.
Because the Sheeva is replacing the Dakota, please allow me to do a few comparisons.
Where the Dakota is a strong charging ski that is easy to pivot and twist when you're in a tight spot like a chute, the Sheeva is not.
While the Dakota is full rocker with some metal, the Sheeva is a wood core twin tip with Flipcore Tip/Tail Rocker with camber. This makes for a ski that is playful and nimble in trees, moguls, powder and spring crud, while the camber offers a solid experience on groomers when you need that edge.
I had a great opportunity to ski during a big storm at Arapahoe Basin on Mother's Day and was wow'd by the Sheeva. While the visibility was poor, skiing the low angle trees on the lower mountain was super fun at any speed. When the skies cleared a bit and it was time to hit the upper mountain, I had a blast playing around the Land of the Giants and skiing lower East Wall.
The Sheeva is a ski that will speak to a majority of women skiers who are looking for that playful powder ski that will open up more of the mountain to be your playground.
Photo Cred: Philpug Shortly after rope drop on East Wall Arapahoe Basin 5/13/2014