27 years old
130-150 days a year
I ski alot of everything but mostly freeski trees
I can turn left and right in various shapes and sizes on most parts of the mountains
crud piled groomers on a VERY hard base
6 to 12 inches of powder with some wind affect in the woods....if your Erik Yohe or any Blizzard guys disregard the woods section that did not happen;)
173cm Blizzard Bushwacker
125/88/110 - R 19.0 m (180 cm)
.5 sheets of metal
Keeping in mind this very well may be a size down from what I buy, this was REALLY fun ski, and I am not just saying that because its my name.
Groomers - the groomers of the day were very wind scoured, the ski did not care. Blizzard's biggest problem is that they may have obsoleted their own carving skis. Really it felt that good. Gs turns on snow that would normally scare me were damn easy. Edge grip and power with no effort. shorter turns felt round and could be dynamic.
Piled up cruddy Groomers - the ski seems to know whether to surf it or find the bottom and dig in. At mortal speeds it was really stable and could be carved or skidded easily. At the speeds i was taking the totally icey groomers at the 173cm did feel like I had to work to stay centered more than I would like to in the uneven crud. I think the 180cm would easily solve that problem
Bumps - skiing bumps was more fun than my current go to ski a stockli Rotor 84. What 'the one" does in the woods is kinda of what this ski does in the bumps. Its just kinda of disappears beneath you. Its poppy with out being over being. Has just enough edge and never to much. Was able to ski various zipperline as well skiing bumps terry barbour style ala skipping the top in mediums radius turns. Doubling the bumps was alot of fun on these as well as the tail was super easy to load and control.
Powder filled trees - like I said this really didnt happen. Feels alot like a mini "the one". this is not a bad thing, if your a good enough skier in open enough terrain you will never have a problem skiing normal powder on this ski. It mixes 'old school" dolphin style powder skiing with 'new school" surfiness. It was pretty easy to turn in the snow we had that day and even when the tip got submerged it would always come back up. video to come in a bit.
the tail is not twinned enough to back up in woods or soft snow, let see a elan spire esque tail next year complete with skin notch.
blizzard has obsoleted alot of their own skis with this ski. My 8.7 are for sale. 300 bucks anyone?
IQ max slider system is gone
the ski feels very light, should be a good skinner
bottomline - this will be alot of people everyday ski in alot of places. I will own a pair the only question is what size and what binding?