Hi all, I'm new to the form, but have been reading many of the posts for several weeks now. There's a lot of GREAT info / advise to be found here by many of you guys!
I just purchased a pair of Blizzard 8.1 2012 @ 179cm. Got them at $650.00 W/Markers.
I'm returning to skiing after nearly 20 years....I'm 48, 6' 1" 205 lbs.
The only experience on the newer skis is when I demoed the 2010 Volkl AC 30 one day and the AC 50 on another day.
Bother were on hard pack at Windham and Hunter in NY.
I enjoyed both very much. I prefer the slightly quicker edge to edge performance of the AC30...the AC50's were a blast, but I can see that these were much more work on shorted turns.
I am SHOCKED how far ski technology has progressed.
I'm wondering if I made the correct choice with the Blizzards, since several shops said they would be closer in performance to the AC30. However, reading reviews of the Atomic Crimson Ti 2012 is making me have second thoughts.
I like skiing fast, but enjoy laying back once in a while. I don't venture into the the woods or bumps that often, but will on occasion.
I consider myself an higher end advanced intermediate / Lower advanced....fairly aggressive.
My last skis were the classic K2 KVC Comps 8.3 (204cm). Loved them, and was able to ski them quite well on the steeps and groomers.
Would I really feel a big difference between the 2 (Crimson vs Blizz 8.1) ?
Getting a lot of conflicting info when reading the mass of info to be found on the web....too much info at times.
Some say the Atomics are more stable at speed than the Blizzards and vise verse....etc.
My gut says I'd be happy with either, but not too sure.
Any input would be greatly appreciated....and I know similar questions have been asked.
Thanks in advance.