Last season was one for the record books here in N. UT. I bought the Blizzard Ones last year and found them to ski powder like a fun shape. They are a superb soft snow and powder ski for a ski under 100mm and I called them perhaps the best all mountain ski for UT. But I could not help but wonder if my impressions were colored by a superb soft snow ski in a record snow year.
This season could not be more different. Instead of a daily dose of deep powder, I have spent most of my days skiing scratchy desiccated groomers and firm bumps with troughs that reach down into the shrubbery. Today I had them out at snowbasin for a day that was equal parts wind effected crud off piste, moguls in a variety of shapes, and fast groomer cruising.
What I have found this season is that in addition to being a superb soft snow and powder ski, they are as good as a front side ski for fast cruising and bumps. But the one thing that still amazes me -- there is an ease with which this ski absorbs terrain. The One seems to let me ski in good rhythm in all conditions and avoid the dreaded shopping for turns. Its not the feeling of power, its the feel of just finding a way to keep on turning wiht out getting knocked off line. You think the ski is going to get deflected and bent in half like a floppy twin tip should, but somehow it never does. And I was never so comfortable ripping weird choppy misshapen moguls faster ever before.
I have never done so before, but I will be on the hunt for another pair of these before blizzard 86es them next season.
Edited by tromano - 2/3/12 at 10:27pm