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Backing up on Blizzard Bushwackers?

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Hi everyone.

 

I'm considering purchasing Blizzard Bushwackers.  I have a wider ski for powder days, but am looking for something around 88mm underfoot for days when there isn't much fresh snow.  I'll be skiing 80% ungroomed, mostly bumps and trees.

 

I saw the Bushwackers for the first time in person today, and was surprised by how flat the tails are.  They are only very, very slightly flared, though there is a decent amount of rocker.  I don't ski switch or in the park, so my only concern are whether the flat tails are really annoying when having to back out of tight spots in the woods.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  I'm hoping that slight flare and rocker will make it not as bad as a flat-tailed, full-camber ski.  I have a wider twin-tip already for days when the snow is deep, but I don't want to be cursing them every time I have to back up in soft snow.

 

On the plus side, I don't think the skis are as ugly in person as they appear online (not that I notice these things).

 

Thanks for any advice.

post #2 of 8

How often do you really have to back up to make it one of your buying criteria?  If you don`t ride switch, there are probably at least a dozen other things I would think about first.  Why not demo and see how well they back up?

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Stem Christie when in those tight spots.

 

I own the Bushwacker's, they aren't the greatest for backing up in softer snow, obviously due to the flat tail, but it does have a decent amount of rocker so it definitely is manageable. That being said I don't think a ski's "backing up" ability should be even considered when purchasing a pair, especially when you own a set of powder ski's on top of it.

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I have to back up more often that I'd like.  Depending on how tight and steep the glades are, I might back up a four or five times during a run through the woods, usually just three or four feet to get back to a more skiable line.

 

It's definitely not near the top of my buying criteria, but I've already established that the BWs meet most of the rest (85-88mm underfoot, light, soft snow bias but decent edge hold, good in bumps and trees, tip and tail rocker).  It's been so long since I've skied on a flat-tailed ski, I really have no idea if it would be a problem in the trees.  I'm optimistic it will be fine, but thought I'd ask for other's experiences.

 

Unfortunately, all the places that carry the BW around here have sold their demos, so that's not an option if I want to buy this spring.  There aren't that many skis in the 85-88mm range that have both tip and tail rocker, and most of the others are quite different than the BW (the Rossi E88 being one of the others).

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Originally Posted by tsk94 View Post

Stem Christie when in those tight spots.

 

I own the Bushwacker's, they aren't the greatest for backing up in softer snow, obviously due to the flat tail, but it does have a decent amount of rocker so it definitely is manageable. That being said I don't think a ski's "backing up" ability should be even considered when purchasing a pair, especially when you own a set of powder ski's on top of it.



Thanks.  Manageable is good enough.  I wish I could do that move that some friends can do where you swivel one ski at a time to pivot 180 degrees while standing still.  The few times I've tried it I felt I was going to twist my legs off at the hips.

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I have to back up more often that I'd like.  Depending on how tight and steep the glades are, I might back up a four or five times during a run through the woods, usually just three or four feet to get back to a more skiable line.

 

It's definitely not near the top of my buying criteria, but I've already established that the BWs meet most of the rest (85-88mm underfoot, light, soft snow bias but decent edge hold, good in bumps and trees, tip and tail rocker).  It's been so long since I've skied on a flat-tailed ski, I really have no idea if it would be a problem in the trees.  I'm optimistic it will be fine, but thought I'd ask for other's experiences.

 

Unfortunately, all the places that carry the BW around here have sold their demos, so that's not an option if I want to buy this spring.  There aren't that many skis in the 85-88mm range that have both tip and tail rocker, and most of the others are quite different than the BW (the Rossi E88 being one of the others).



I have BWs and the are great in the trees and bumps. I also find that I need to ocassionally back up on a tight tree run and as been said it is manageable. You should not hesitate to buy for that reason. They are the most fun allround soft snow ski I have ever used.

 

post #7 of 8

FWIW, Dawg had them listed as available and there was someone else on here listing them as selling them  brand new w/ Marker Griffons.  Very very solid soft snow ski in bumps and surprisingly grippy on hard pack as well.

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Thanks for the feedback!  I'm glad that the back up issue is not considered to be a problem, because they seem just about perfect in most other respects (they even have sparkles!).  I checked out dawgcatching (I got a great pair of skis from them last year), but they only have the 180cm.  I'm 5' 11", 155 lbs, and typically do not ski fast, so I think I'd prefer the agility of the 173cm for my skiing style, and I have a source for those.

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