Can someone compare for me the Blizzard Magnum 76 IQ and the Rossi Exp. 83? Which one is more forgiving on the front side? Which one is stiffer, and which one requires a more aggressive skier? I'm 5'9" 190 lbs, level 7; moderately aggressive. I own the Blizzards and am thinking of swapping them out for the Rossis? Any thoughts. Thanks much!
Comparison... Blizzard Vs. Rossi's
Could it simply be time for a good tune? Maybe some other gear/alignment issue? As a self-described moderately aggressive level 7 skier, why are you looking for a more forgiving ski? Either ski should be fine which leads me back to asking when the last time you've had a good tune.
The suggestion for a tune is a good one. Blizzards in general are relatively flat out of the wrapper and can be grabby for someone not accustomed to that much grip. Also (FWIW) the Mag 7.6 is almost overbuilt for its price point. The 7.6 is priced as an intermediate ski but has a lot of sidecut and is very stiff in torsion. Combine this aggressive build with a tune that is a little flat and you may have more grip than some mid level skiers might like.
Tuning is of course a problematic thing and some shops may run a ski across a stone grinder and an edge belt and call it good. That may be even worse than what you have. OTH if you can find a shop with a good rep for hand tuning, you may be able to tame those Blizzis a bit.
I had a great tune up at Stratton last year; wonderful cross-structure on the base. I also tune my own skis. But....I guess I'm just wondering in general how the Rossi 83s compare with the Blizard Magnum 76's.
Good on ya that you got 'em tuned......way too many folks totally ignore this facet of gear tech. As I mentioned, the Blizzi 7.6 is not as forgiving as you'd expect it to be given it's relatively low sticker price. This has to do with a bunch of sidecut and very stiff torsion which can make the ski grabby on chalky snow and/or not readily skidded at the turn finish. The Mag 7.6 also has a boatload of energy which can be either good or bad depending on your tastes. While the Rossi is not really a ski for slackers, it is more easygoing than the Blizzi due to the softer torsion. Naturally, it won't grip quite as well but it is adequate for most tastes.
One caveat on the tune. Structure....while desirable up to a point, can easily be overdone. Too coarse of a structure can make a ski a bit reluctant to turn at slower speeds/lower edge angles. Not saying that is your problem, but compare the base structure of your newly tuned skis with that of a new ski on the wall. If your ski has a notably more pronounced structure, that is a possible issue.
Edited by SierraJim - 11/12/12 at 5:58pm