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Blizzard magnum 8.0

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Best ski out there. If you have not demo'd blizzard. Get on board. Not a single turn this ski can't handle. Insane power stability and reactivity and quickness. My skiing is top notch this season. Rippin it. Thanks blizzard. Pilot is important but your only good as your boards. I'm telling you. I would have never believed it. And as a side note. Loads of rocks in Colorado this year. Super great bases and edge metal used in this ski. Durable fast fast bases and tune well.
Blizzard makes skis. Others....wood with steel edges.
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Did you demo the CA or the Ti version?

 

I tried the CA version in some spring slush up at Stowe the other day (yes, we ski spring conditions in January in New England!).  Frankly, I couldn't stand it.  It just felt dead and the edge grip was awful.  I imagine the tune was off; I've been wanting to try the Ti version.

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I'm really interested in this ski -- tell us more -- how is the edge grip? How big are you & what length do you ski? What sort of terrain do you ski? I haven't seen a boatload of coverage on this one, but I'm not really up to date on the latest & greatest...

It's definitely on my short list for an Eastern 1-ski quiver...

- G
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I bought a pair of the 8.0 CA's to use as my midwestern all-mountain ski, primarily for softer fresh snow. Unfortunately we haven't had any soft snow here in Minnesota this season, just the usual ice and hard pack. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised how the CA handled these conditions, light, lively, stable, good grip, short tuns, long turns, easy and forgiving. A very fun ski, I'm guessing they will work even better in soft snow and spring mush! I had last years 8.1 Ti version and much prefered these. I'm 5' 10" 185lbs and bought the 172's.

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I'm 168lbs. 5-9. I ski 186cm. It's a super fast ski. I'm an expert skier PSIA level 3. But besides that limiting qualification. I like to charge hard and fast. Bumps are where I like to play. But you always need to ski groomers. So the edge grip is what sold me on them. They are light weight have insane turn weight as in they are balanced rotationaly while in the air. As far as turn radius on groomers. You'll need some space. It's 18m. If you push hard enough in the fall line and bend it good. You can shorten that. You can always smear if that's you thing. I don't like to smear. But it smears good. I'm just sold on its all round brawn. I go fast. As in gs turns in the bumps fast. I look for every possible chance to get air. What I like is that at 30 in the bumps it's as game as I am. It's a serious ski. But so well balanced. Everyone is different. Demo skis when you can. For my style and ability and strength. They work like nothing I've skied before. The only thing I've noticed is at high speed on groomers is if you hold onto the turn shape to long at the bottom of the turn. The tip will flex do to the tip rocker. and load the front of the ski. You'll get thrown forward as you release that turn. So I either have to pay attention and move into the new turn with more direction or get the crap scared out of me because the exceleration forward is noticeable. But that's a tip rocker thing I'm thinking. So watch how long you load the ski at the bottom of your turn. Releasing that energy is explosive. Anywho. I just wanted to send a shout out for blizzard. I am skiing super sweet thus season. As in. I am having a super fun time. It's the ski. We get along.
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CA. I'm on CA
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Originally Posted by james123 View Post

I'm 168lbs. 5-9. I ski 186cm.

AFAIK, they don't make the 8.0CA in this length.

wondering what length you really are skiing.

 

btw me= 155lb 5-7, i've got the 172cm-might be a tad long, but still a lot of fun.

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I've got the 179 CA and I think they are pretty fun.  I've been skiing purely crappy snow in MN.  Sure, they don't always carve perfectly on the hard stuff.  But they are so much easier to handle everywhere else compared to my old 207 GS skis.    I would have liked to demo them next to the ti and the 8.5 and the E88.  But I didn't have that option.  Kinda interested in the Brama for no good reason.

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I have the ti version in a 165 and LOVE it. I'm a 5'10" 165lb  female and wanted a new ski that would be rock solid for hardpack. The Magnum 8.0 ti was recommended by Peak Performance in Killington so I gave them a go and ended up buying a pair. I initially thought this ski would be too stiff for me but I've been able to ski it pretty much everywhere I've taken it....death-cookie laden groomers, bumps, a few eastern glades, and a few inches of fresh stuff. At this length it's very quick but still very stable. Fun ski!

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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

Did you demo the CA or the Ti version?

 

I tried the CA version in some spring slush up at Stowe the other day (yes, we ski spring conditions in January in New England!).  Frankly, I couldn't stand it.  It just felt dead and the edge grip was awful.  I imagine the tune was off; I've been wanting to try the Ti version.

 

Kevin see if you can demo the Ti in 179. I too am amazed at how these skis respond; the harder I push the better they ski. I bought them to use as my "everyday ski" and I've skied them everyday since the rocks disappeared. I am 5'8 170# on the 172 length.

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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

Did you demo the CA or the Ti version?

 

I tried the CA version in some spring slush up at Stowe the other day (yes, we ski spring conditions in January in New England!).  Frankly, I couldn't stand it.  It just felt dead and the edge grip was awful.  I imagine the tune was off; I've been wanting to try the Ti version.

I tried both versions yesterday at Winter park SIA demo days, they were next years skis, but I did notice a big difference between the CA and the Ti, I really liked the Ti with its strong edge hold, the CA was not for me, I like a ski that edges well and feels lively, the Ti is the way to go for strong skiers, yet I do think the CA will suit lighter weight skiers who want a very forgiving ski.

I should add that I am fairly heavy at around 100Kg and 189cm tall, Level 3 CSIA.

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Hey all.

Just got the Blizzard Mag 8.0 Ti in 172....my shop put on Atomic FFG 12 bindings...not sure about them.....Ski'd them once so far...Just wondering what bindings others used with this ski or what they recommend to use. Thanks!

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I'm on a 179cm 8.0 Ti with Look Pivots

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