In reference to the Blizzard Magnum 8.5 Ti…
“Overall, this ski had such a balanced feel. It is tough to stress how good it was in many types of turns and conditions. It was as “near carver” as any ski this width I have ever tried. Light and quick, super powerful, and can do any conditions. Perhaps just as good in junky off-piste snow as it is as a groomer ripper; we both liked it quite a bit better than the Bonafide and Bushwacker off-piste in those conditions. For those looking for “race ski performance in an all-mountain ski”, it is worth a serious look. Gone is the overly heavy, carver specific feel of the Magnum 8.7. This ski is instead lighter, almost as muscular, better for lighter guys, and exceedingly versatile. If I had to rate it (10 being the best in existence, 5 is OK, but certainly nothing special, and anything under that is not a good ski for the conditions):
Groomer power: 8.5
Off-piste junky snow, short/medium turns: 8
Deeper new snow: no rating
Thin new snow: 8.5”
Height: 5’ 10””
Skiing ability: Level 6, dabbling in Level 7…relatively aggressive…
Skiing Location: East Coast
I’m currently skiing the 2000/2001 (I think) K2 ModX in at 181. It’s been a while since I’ve bought skis, and I’ve been looking to replace these for several years, but have had difficulty finding the time to demo the skis I’m interested in purchasing. That said, last year I picked up the bug for a pair of 98s, I was able to demo Rossi’s E98, the Prophet 98, and a few others. The E98 was a fantastic ski, and the Prophet was good too…but I was truly interested in testing the Blizzard Bonafide before pulling the trigger on a new purchase. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any that I could demo…but this may be fortuitous considering some of the reviews I’ve read about using it (or any 98) as an all-a-rounder on the East Coast.
This season I’ve been reading a lot about the 8.5Ti. It seems to strike a decent balance between on- and off-piste-ability, and can do a lot of things pretty well (especially the junky snow that is so common here)…but I’ve read a few posts about how it may be better for lighter skiers and not so hot on ice.
My question is…what constitutes a “lighter” skier? What would be considered the cut-off between a light and heavy skier?
Also…I’m not sure the lack of hold on ice will be a problem…I have no desire to ski on boiler plate and would probably head to the bar under those conditions (especially if I have my 8 year old daughter with me!)…but if it can handle pretty damn hard snow that would be great…
I would really like to demo these skis before buying them but frankly I’m getting tired of trying to track down manufacturer demo days or find shops in the areas I ski that have them on hand…I just want to get a new pair. Any advice on this potential purchase, and a good pair of bindings, would be greatly appreciated.