I TAMED THE BLACKEYES !!!! Amazing Ski
I have just returned from 6 days skiing in The Three Valleys in France and loved the Blackeyes.
Snow conditions were VERY variable and were perhaps the most variable I had ever seen having skied in this area every two years since 1997. Potentialy excllenet runs were slush baths by mid afternoon and even the "ever perfect" Grand Lac blue run was chopped up 2:30 pm.
This meant, however, that I could test the Blackeye Ti's in a variety of conditons but also meant that they tested my own phyisical endurance !
(1) Ice - Edge grip on morning ice was fantastic and the skis inspired confidence and felt stable. Carving turns could be achieved allthough skid turns were used often to control speed. The edges of the skis are still razor sharp.
(2) Groomed Pistes - This is where the skis really impressed. They were fast, agile and easy to turn and simply bounced over any bumps. The high temperatures on these days, however, meant that these nicely groomed red's and blues became slushy very quiclkly.
(3) Slush and Crud. The skis simply floated over the slush and crud. This is when, however, I felt I had to work hard to get the best of them. After 3 days, my technique was good but I was fatiguing quickly. The ESF instructor said not to fight the slush and just ski on throught it. This did work but stopping required hard pressure which was hard work.
(4) Moguls - I took a trip from Les Menuires to Corcheval and met a few red runs that had become "mogul" ridden. I loved the way the skis just bounced from mogul to mogul and my technique in this area improved greatly. Of course, the last piste into Les Menuires was like slush puppy and I had a bad case of "jelly legs" but it was well worth the trip to Corcheval.
(5) Uneven chopped Terrain - As the skis are firm, any hard bumps are felt immediatly and casued me to tense my legs a fair bit, particlarly on dull days when it was hard to see. The ESF instructor said to relax and just take the bumps without tensing up. This helped a lot and I was soon able to cope with chopped up Terrain,particlarly the red "Becca" run in Les Menuires and the reds of Val Thorens.
Overall, these are great skis and the most important thing about them is that they tested MY limits, rather than me testing the limits of the skis. With the variable conditions, I feel I didn't really get them out of "3rd Gear" and I know they can do more. I can't wait to go out next season and let these baby's take me to the next level.