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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I posted here last season asking for some powder ski advice, but I upgraded my daily driver instead.

 

I have a set of Blizzard Magnum 8.1s (172 length).  I'm looking to add a wider ski to complement them and I'm looking at the new Blizzard Free Mountain skis pretty closely.

 

I'm 5'9", currently 185 lbs. (overweight, but hoping to lose 10-20 lbs).  

 

I'm a type 6-7 skier and I ski quite a bit (53 days last season, probably around half of those were full days and the other half 2-4 hours).  I'm looking to continue improving my abilities this season so I want a ski I can grow into.

 

I live near Vail, CO and ski there and Beaver Creek for the most part.  I would say I'm still spending 70% of my time on the groomers, but I am starting to venture out into the trees more frequently.

 

I'm considering the new Bonafide or Cochise.  Last year I demoed "The Ones" several times and liked them, but it sounds like I may like the new skis even better.

 

Between these two skis, which one would make more sense for me to choose?

 

Thanks,

 

Alan

 

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by Avalanchis View Post

Hello,

 

I posted here last season asking for some powder ski advice, but I upgraded my daily driver instead.

 

I have a set of Blizzard Magnum 8.1s (172 length).  I'm looking to add a wider ski to complement them and I'm looking at the new Blizzard Free Mountain skis pretty closely.

 

I'm 5'9", currently 185 lbs. (overweight, but hoping to lose 10-20 lbs).  

 

I'm a type 6-7 skier and I ski quite a bit (53 days last season, probably around half of those were full days and the other half 2-4 hours).  I'm looking to continue improving my abilities this season so I want a ski I can grow into.

 

I live near Vail, CO and ski there and Beaver Creek for the most part.  I would say I'm still spending 70% of my time on the groomers, but I am starting to venture out into the trees more frequently.

 

I'm considering the new Bonafide or Cochise.  Last year I demoed "The Ones" several times and liked them, but it sounds like I may like the new skis even better.

 

Between these two skis, which one would make more sense for me to choose?

 

Thanks,

 

Alan

 



I haven't skied the Bonafide, but i can tell you the conchise is one of my favorites

 

post #3 of 8
Until last year I skied a 174/74 and a 172/85 - spending most of my time on the 85 width. I bought The One in the 177 length and skied them 80% of the time for the second half of the year. The Bodacious gets even higher reviews. I predict there are a dozen 176-180 length 96-100 wide skis with a little rocker that you would really enjoy. Those plus your 8.1s will give you a great two ski quiver. Me 63 yr old 170 lb level 7.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Sorry, posted this to the wrong forum.  Re-posted to Ski Gear Discussion.

 

Thanks for the replies!


Edited by Avalanchis - 10/14/11 at 9:12am
post #5 of 8
63 yr old, 170 lb, level 7. Bought the 177 TheOne midyear and used it almost every day after! Previous everyday skis were 172-85 and occasionally 174-74. I was amazed at the versatility of TheOne and I read the Bodacious is even better. Either with the 8.1s will give you a great 2 ski quiver. That said there are maybe a dozen skis in the 96-100 width with a little rocker that would serve you well. I suggest you upsize a little with the rocker because they ski a little shorter compared to conventional camber.
post #6 of 8
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I was amazed at the versatility of TheOne and I read the Bodacious is even better. 

ST, are you meaning the Bonafide when you're writing, "Bodacious?" Latter is a seriously wide, beefy full speed ahead powder monster. 
 

 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Avalanchis View Post

Hello,

 

I posted here last season asking for some powder ski advice, but I upgraded my daily driver instead.

 

I have a set of Blizzard Magnum 8.1s (172 length).  I'm looking to add a wider ski to complement them and I'm looking at the new Blizzard Free Mountain skis pretty closely.

 

I'm 5'9", currently 185 lbs. (overweight, but hoping to lose 10-20 lbs).  

 

I'm a type 6-7 skier and I ski quite a bit (53 days last season, probably around half of those were full days and the other half 2-4 hours).  I'm looking to continue improving my abilities this season so I want a ski I can grow into.

 

I live near Vail, CO and ski there and Beaver Creek for the most part.  I would say I'm still spending 70% of my time on the groomers, but I am starting to venture out into the trees more frequently.

 

I'm considering the new Bonafide or Cochise.  Last year I demoed "The Ones" several times and liked them, but it sounds like I may like the new skis even better.

 

Between these two skis, which one would make more sense for me to choose?

 

Thanks,

 

Alan

 




 If you liked "the ones" there is a chance you may not like the Cochise/Bonafide. The Freemountian skis are better all around skis than "the one" but that does not mean they are better for everyone or for every condition.

 

If tree skiing is your thing "the ones" our by far the best thing blizzard offer for that. Its not that the cochise or the bonafide arent good in there its just they have stiffer more stable construction which for a level 6-7 might not be the best thing for tree skiing.  Blizzard will have flipcore twin tips soon though which will blend the best of what "the one" is with the best of what the freemountain line is.

 

BTW I love blizzard but if the ones isnt exactly what you want look at other companies.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Tree skiing isn't really my thing (not yet at least).

 

I still spend a lot of my time on the groomers, so my 8.1s seem to meet that requirement well.

 

Still, there are plenty of days when we get a good dumping here and especially when I head back to the bowls or Blue Sky Basin at Vail the snow gets pretty deep and it seems like I really need something wider for those conditions.

 

I'm open minded about brands, so what other brands/models would you suggest I look at?

 

I'm on Promotive so I've also been considering the Liberty Helix and the Icelantic Nomad.  I can get a great deal on these new.

 

Also the Vail swap meet is this weekend, so I'm putting together a list of skis to keep an eye out for if I could find a good deal.

 

 

 

 

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