Product: Blizzard the One
Length/size Tested: 184cm
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Beaver Mt. UT
*Runs Taken: 10
*Snow Conditions: day after 15" of heavy upside down pow on top of 40" of lighter unconsolidated snow from the past week. Upside down snow like this is some really some challenging conditions. I was on praxis powders the day before and was still getting worked, basically 8-12" of heavy snow over light powder that fell earlier in the week. If you sunk past the top layer, you came to a halt. Quickly. And beaver Mt is not quite steep enough to keep you going fast enough to not sink in. Nuff said.
*Demo or Purchase: Purchase
185 Paxis Powder
185 Dynastar Huge Trouble
178 Dynastar Sultan 85
Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
I bought the 170 Crush for my wife in Nov. She skied them all season and quickly fell in love. Then over Presidents day, her sister came to visit and borrowed the crush on a day when madeline was watching our baby. After that, sister in law ordered a pair. I weighted my wife's 170s with marker bindings they are 12lbs. I decided that since I was looking for a lighter touring ski to mount with dynafits and wanted something around 100 under foot well... I got a pair too.
The 184cm ski weighs 9.2 lbs on our baby scale. Not the lightest but over a lb lighter than the praxis or huge.
The most practical feature of these is the IQ slider which lets you switch from touring to alpine binders in about 30 seconds. Also, lets you adjust position fore / aft as needed. I bought 2 plates and have the first mounted with Look PX Jib for resort use.
So how does it ski? First thing I noticed was the carbon feel which took me a few runs to get used to. Second thing I noticed was that this thing has some kind of torsional stiffness. On groomed runs, the ski carves well and holds a great edge. I like the pop and energy of the ski for 2d snow which is surprising to find in a rockered ski.
I found some uncut powder in a burned area where I could let loose with some speed and the ski just floats. It was nice to feel the liveliness and pop was present here too. It was difficult to find uncut pow that was open enough to ski fast, the tighter lines in the trees were very difficult to ski since the snow was upside down and the lines were too tight for me to ski them fast.
In the skied out main runs that were starting to bump up, the ski was much more comfortable skiing medium radius turns over the bumps than skiing any sort of a bump line. Perhaps with additional use I will feel more comfy on these in bumps. The ski powered through crud and chop with a dampness and did not deflect much. In crusty skied out remnants resembling avi debris on a south facing run, the ski was stable, and seemed to smooth over most of the problem areas.
Even did a run through the park. This is the most park oriented ski in my quiver. And it felt good in the air.
Overall I think its one of the best 1 ski quivers I have ever been on. I will have no problems touring on this in any conditions and will surely use them in the resort frequently and will accompany me on any trips. Certainly the most versatile all around ski in my quiver.
Height/Weight: 5'10" 210lbs
Average days on snow: 30+
Years Skiing: 6-15