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post #1 of 16
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Hi Folks - 

 

I've been automatic on Rossignol and Dynastar for some years not - just step in and find the sweet spot. I have a Dynastar Course cheater GS ski and a pair of late model 9S de-tuned slalom skis (club ski?) with the big side cut that have treated me very well. 

 

However, I have noticed some pretty serious quality issues with the Rossi's --  delaminating, etc. Because it's a soft ski, I've usually worked most of the action out of it after a full season. Was out last year due to injury, so as I go back to it this season, my first response would be to grab a pair of the same available ski (now with some Troy Lee Designs images on the topdeck. I must be getting old).

 

Anyway, we have a local ski shop here that doesn't carry Rossi, but I like the guys, so Blizzard is in the house there. Wondering if some folks who have skied both can share some comments on the feel of the skis. 

 

I'm 6'1" 198lbs, ex-masters racer, slowed down with shorter turns after 3 major injuries in 4 years :-P

 

A touch more background: I'm back to Rossi and Dynastar due to the softer flex (why the ski only lasts a year or so). Atomic and Nordica race stuff was great 10 years ago, just too stiff now. Could never get the feel of Volkl, so was on Fischer very happily, but Rossi is like an friendly ex girlfriend - not super hot, but always a good time and instantly easy to get along with. 

 

I've never been on a pair of Blizzard, so some feedback, impressions, and guidance on similar models to above would be most appreciated! 

 

post #2 of 16

Blizzard quality is great and the company's commitment to being innovative is among the top of the ski industry at the moment.

If you do a search on Blizzard skis you'll find a ton of great reviews for them.

Here is a video from EpicSki's presence at SIA this past year

post #3 of 16

Very personal biased take: I still use older Rossi's for my version of racing, and think highly of some other skis they make. Probably for the same reason as you; like the combination of moderate flex and dampness, grip without super demands. But I have also owned several Blizzards, including the Cronus, G-Power, and One, and I've demoed a bunch of the rest. My impression is that they are very well made - better than Rossi by far - with about the best grip overall out there, and some very innovative designs (IQ binding interface, the new "Flipcore") + interesting use of materials like magnesium. What's not to like? 


Well, for you perhaps a couple of things. First, they can be stiff. Not in an unmanageable way, I'm light and I like some of the stiffest Blizzis. But except for a few soft snow skis (Buschwacker, One) more than rec Rossis except  for the 112. Or most Dynastars. (Which to me are great skis from the last century.) Second, they have a brand feel that's really different than French skis. More snowfeel than almost anyone - Fischer may be in the same league - and lively, although not nervous or unexpectedly reactive. People here call them damp sometimes, but that's because they've forgotten what damp is. 

 

So I think they and Kastles are the most interesting brands out there. But may not be your cuppa tea if you like the Rossi and Dynastar feel and handling. 

post #4 of 16

We carried Blizzards for the first time this past season at a ski shop where I work part time. All of their skis had great edge hold/carving ability and were  very popular with both staff and customers.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the help guys - especially the contrast between French skis and Blizzard on the feel piece

post #6 of 16

I notice in your signature, you have volkl tigershark.  What is it that you like about that?

 

Beyond has given you some awesome input and I, (like him) tend to go with Kastle and Blizzard for my quiver selections.  IMHO Blizzard has out volkl'd Volkl on many levels, yet is not like a Volkl(wow, that sounds confusing)

 

If you'd like to stick with Rossi for a recreational ski, then you may want to try something from the Experience line.  You'll see some reviews in the product pages from our time testing them during 2012 ski tests.

 

post #7 of 16

I just purcahsed Blizzard skis not so long ago..... They are top quality and have raving reviews/the ones I bought/.........  On almost any levels way better, than Volkl....

 

 

Or just ask Philpug, about Bonafide.....beercheer.gif

post #8 of 16

Haven't been on the Speed Courses, but I had the Contact LTD as my daily driver for a couple years.  Now that's relegated to teaching duty, and I've got a Fischer Progressor 9+ and Blizzard Magnum 8.7 for personal use.  I haven't been on the Mag 7.1 or SuperSonic, which would be more directly comparable to what you were on.

 

The Magnum 8.7 is a LOT damper than the Contact.  Different feel on hard snow.  It's a much bigger, stiffer, burlier ski, not quite as responsive, much larger radius.  But it still holds like crazy... it really is a "wide carver".  The narrower versions must have some incredibly tenacious grip on ice.

 

Not a ton of experience with Rossis.  I demoed a CX80... last year?  Not bad, but I liked the Progressors a lot more in hard conditions.

post #9 of 16

Does not pertain to race skis, but Blizzard The Ones I got last season are really impressive as an all around ski for UT. Ski powder very very well, 85% of a praxis... ski bumps better than anything else in my quiver. Have decent edge hold on groomers.  Really solid performance when the snow is good and still a very nice ski when the snow gets skied out to bumpy or smooth chalk. Even when the snow is weird and refrozen and not softening up, its more than useable than fatter freeride boards imo. Its good to great ski for 90% of the days we get in the Wasatch.

post #10 of 16
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Or just ask Philpug, about Bonafide.....beercheer.gif



Bonafides? Damn fine ski. 

post #11 of 16

Bought "The One" as my first powder ski - quickly became my everyday - go anywhere ski at Big Sky. My only Blizzard but very satisfied with them. It's a shame they are so ugly - and getting uglier.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

Haven't been on the Speed Courses, but I had the Contact LTD as my daily driver for a couple years.  Now that's relegated to teaching duty, and I've got a Fischer Progressor 9+ and Blizzard Magnum 8.7 for personal use.  I haven't been on the Mag 7.1 or SuperSonic, which would be more directly comparable to what you were on.

 

The Magnum 8.7 is a LOT damper than the Contact.  Different feel on hard snow.  It's a much bigger, stiffer, burlier ski, not quite as responsive, much larger radius.  But it still holds like crazy... it really is a "wide carver".  The narrower versions must have some incredibly tenacious grip on ice.

 

Not a ton of experience with Rossis.  I demoed a CX80... last year?  Not bad, but I liked the Progressors a lot more in hard conditions.


CX80 tried to kill me. They dressed it up like a hard snow cheater race ski and I overloaded the tip - zoom - off I went, broken should, 2 broken wrists. :-P  Must have been the skis, right ... eek.gif

 

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

I notice in your signature, you have volkl tigershark.  What is it that you like about that?

 

Beyond has given you some awesome input and I, (like him) tend to go with Kastle and Blizzard for my quiver selections.  IMHO Blizzard has out volkl'd Volkl on many levels, yet is not like a Volkl(wow, that sounds confusing)

 

If you'd like to stick with Rossi for a recreational ski, then you may want to try something from the Experience line.  You'll see some reviews in the product pages from our time testing them during 2012 ski tests.

 


Ah, I have the tigershark, but don't really like it much. Just there for when the snow falls. Not enough zip for me. 

 

post #14 of 16

The Tigershark 12 is a pretty zippy ski. 

Is it possible that you need to check into your boot fit or some other factor, to get the most out of your skis?

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post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

The Tigershark 12 is a pretty zippy ski. 

Is it possible that you need to check into your boot fit or some other factor, to get the most out of your skis?

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Hi! Sorry - thought I could reply via email. 

 

No, bootfit for once has been fantastic for me - First time no pain with still some quickness and flex in the 130s (Fischer 130 pro is pretty soft). All the other skis work well, just something about the TS that never really popped - always felt a bit too heavy, bit to wide in waist, a bit too long for the energy to build. Always seems to hold well, just doesn't have that pop when I'd like it... Bought it for the thick waist anyway and to try out Volkl...

post #16 of 16

I have the Cronus as a hardpack/groomer ski and love it for that. May give up a little to the Magnum series on blue ice, but plenty of grip for 99% of conditions, lots of pop and versatile enough if you happen to find a stash off the trail. Just a very fun ski.

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