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Blizzard Bushwacker... Are they a demanding ski?

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Curious for some opinions, I'm upgrading from a set of K2 Apache Raiders... A very soft entry level ski. I was given a number of options to investigate, and the Bushwacker was one of them. I have demo'd the Blizzard Mag 8.1 and found that ski to be entirely too demanding. I favor on piste skiing, but have found that the wider rocketed skis help deal with different snow types with ease. I am looking for a ski that can handle more speed than my entry K2 but not as demanding as the Mag... Would the Bushwacker be a good choice. I'm not a hard charger, and favor shorter turns but I suspect that might be because that's all my K2's will give me. I have also been told to check out the Volkl Bridge but fear the width is too much for east coast everyday. Any opinions would be appreciated. 

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I ski the women's version (the Black Pearl) and can say with total confidence that NO, it is not at all demanding! Light and easy to turn, fun fun fun! Definitely less demanding than the 8.1's. My husband has the 8.7 mags, which are similar, just wider. I also ski more groomers but the Black Pearls are giving me the confidence to venture off. They handle so much so very well.

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Bushwackers are not demanding at all. They're light, responsive, and not overly stiff. They in no way resemble the 8.1. Only similarity would be that they both say Blizzard on them.
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I can also vouch for their ease of use. I have the 173 and am no expert, I'm 5'5" x 155sh lbs in the NE. I have discovered a few things about them while trying to use them as my allmountain daily driver though.

IMO they don't really like turns much tighter than their advertized radius, at least not with my technique.

They are definately happier in soft snow,up to about a foot I would say. Much above that and they require alot more attention, but are still doable.

If your kind of between sizes, I recommend domoing them if possible, because despite there light and lively feel if sized up they can have a stoutness to them at times. I would say you will probably love them. All the skis in this category I have tried are fun. I want them all!


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