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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I really like the 2013 design of these skis. Ive been skiing for 4 years now and do only intermadate slopes. I heard the are only for experts. Do u think i can try them? I consider myself intermediate.
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
I like the new 2013 Blizzard Bushwacker skis. I ski on intermediate slopes and i heard they are only for experts. Can i use them? I would consider myself intermediate. What is the difference between these and beginner skis?
post #3 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Bushwacker is supposed to be a fairly easy ski to use, that`s what most (if not all) of the people with experience with them will say. Most people that have the skis are happy with them as far as I can tell.

 

Here are stuff that people will ask you: biggrin.gif You have gave some insight on some of them, please try to provide more details about yourself and people will be happy to help you!

 

BTW, about the skis, they are unchanged from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013, so unless you have something really bad against the graphics on last years model, I would suggest you to save some money and get it, it`s the same ski, different graphics! You still can find good deals on them, probably some of the folks here that run ski shops might have some sweet deal for you on them.

 

 

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing? 

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

  3. How many days a year do you ski?

  4. How advanced are you as a skier?

  5. What's your height and weight? 

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Haha...The new color scheme is one of the reason I like the 2013.

Here are some answers for you.

1. I ski in Pennsylvania at Blue Mountain, Cammelback, and Bear Creek.

2.I prefer groomed trails with some short passages though the trees. I'm up for anything though.

3. I ski about 30-40 full days a year. But these skis should last me around 3 years.

4. I go mostly on Intermediate slopes but I'm going to do a Black Diamond (Expert) this year.

5. I am 5 foot 6 inches and weigh 160 pounds. I'm 14.
post #5 of 12

...imo, used to be those places blacks required a ice pick 85% of the time. In these days of global warming a soft snow oriented Bushwacker ski should be fine however you may want to look into this years 8.0 or 8.5 flipcores.

Never been to bear and haven't been to Camelback in years, but iirc CB faces closer to solar south and most blacks are skating rinks. Blue Mt's 2xblacks end up icy up top, slush at the bottom, the blacks on the main lodge side aren't bad, BW's would be fine on those runs. Blue has some Glades, Jack Frost allows tree skiing but it's a small easy Mt. I don't know whats doing at CB. In PA i'll hit Blue if there's fresh snow because it's only 1h:15m away but i go to Elk most of the time. Elk doesn't allow tree skiing, you'd have to join the telle/randonee guys who ski the back side of Elk when conditions permit for that and then you'd need to set up the BW's for slackcountry which i don't think would be practical, least not for me.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help. Have you ever been to Blue since they redid the top lodges? It is SO much nicer than it used to be. Blue is my main place because we have season passes there and the other ones are usually just once a year. Out of all of the ski makers how high would the company that makes the Bushwacker be rated on a scale of 1 to 10 on quality?
post #7 of 12

Yes, actually i only started going there since and don't know what is was like before that or way back when it was Doe. I haven't owned a late model Blizzard but as far as i can tell they are first rate, Nordica's are also very good and made in the same factory. I think Kastle's are made there too. You can't go wrong with them but i wouldn't narrow my choice to one brand, lots of good skis out there. Try to hit a demo day if you can.

post #8 of 12

thebiga: My son is the same age as you and skis in similar areas (we live near Washington DC), but has also been to Snowshoe WV and Taos NM. He can ski easy blacks in Pennsylvania, but not the blacks at Taos. He would probably do fine on the Bushwackers and so might you.

 

My only suggestion, however, is to consider the fact that at age 14 you are still growing in height, weight and shoe size. You might want to save money by getting a season rental of some decent equipment. Skis you buy now might seem small in 3 years, as will the boots. You might even need to remount the bindings if they are not adjustable.

post #9 of 12

I own a pair of Bushwackers.  There is no reason an intermediate couldn't handle them; they aren't "demanding" in any way.

 

In my opinion, Bushwackers excel in bumps and trees.  They don't have horrible edge hold by any means, but cruising groomers on them is not where they shine.  They simply don't have that energy out of a turn that a more groomer-oriented ski possesses.  i.e., they don't make groomers very exciting.

 

It has been a long time since I have skied the mid Atlantic.  Glades?  How often are they open?  A few days a year?  Do you have much for bump runs?  Again, if you are on groomers most of the time because "that's all there is" -- there are better choices out there then Bushwackers.

 

If you were coming up to New England or heading out West on a regular basis, and had regular access to ungroomed terrain, I'd have no problems recommending Bushwackers.  If you're stuck in the mid-Atlantic for the time being though...  I'd get something narrower.  The Blizzard 8.0 is attracting a lot of attention.  I have lots of miles on the Blizzard 7.6.  I have trouble believing you'd outgrow either of them anytime soon.

post #10 of 12

If you are buying a ski on graphics, there are worse decisions you could make compared to the Bushwackers, for what you are saying you need in a ski. Go for it. 

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

I own a pair of Bushwackers.  There is no reason an intermediate couldn't handle them; they aren't "demanding" in any way.

 

In my opinion, Bushwackers excel in bumps and trees.  They don't have horrible edge hold by any means, but cruising groomers on them is not where they shine.  They simply don't have that energy out of a turn that a more groomer-oriented ski possesses.  i.e., they don't make groomers very exciting.

 

It has been a long time since I have skied the mid Atlantic.  Glades?  How often are they open?  A few days a year?  Do you have much for bump runs?  Again, if you are on groomers most of the time because "that's all there is" -- there are better choices out there then Bushwackers.

 

If you were coming up to New England or heading out West on a regular basis, and had regular access to ungroomed terrain, I'd have no problems recommending Bushwackers.  If you're stuck in the mid-Atlantic for the time being though...  I'd get something narrower.  The Blizzard 8.0 is attracting a lot of attention.  I have lots of miles on the Blizzard 7.6.  I have trouble believing you'd outgrow either of them anytime soon.

 

 

Both the Bushwhackers and the Bonafides seem to do quite well even on icy PA trails.  Blue Mountain has a tendency to get "messy" by mid-January since they refuse to blow fresh snow once they have a base.  The "snow" is more like just icy sugary pellets.  The Bushwhackers would actually work quite well in that situation.

 

Bear Creek tends to be icy all the time, but if you keep them well-tuned they are plenty grippy enough, except for the worst icy conditions.  The Bushwhackers are one of the few skis I have been on that can both be driven hard, and also skied relaxed.  As an intermediate skier you will likely find them quite rewarding, and they will work well for you as you get better.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Probably wont be getting them until sometime next week.
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