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Blizzard Magnum - final decision help

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After many hours and days of research, I have narrowed my choices down to these skis:

 

Blizzard Magnum 8.0Ti (172 or 179cm)

Blizzard Magnum 8.5Ti (174cm)

 

My stats:

5'10", 175 lbs, 40 years old, pretty athletic. Probably a total of 25-30 ski days under my belt over the past 8 years (skipped the past 3 years, but I skied 4 days this year). I live in lower New England.

 

I would classify myself as a strong advanced skier, although I try to avoid bumps when I can. I'll go through trees if it looks interesting and safe enough, but I'm on the groomers at least 90% of the time. I enjoy medium to long carved turns, and I want something that will help me in crappy snow.

 

I'm looking for some final words which will hopefully make my decision. Thanks!

post #2 of 3

I own the 8.0 Ti in 179 for my hard snow ski out west, it's great; I've ended up using it for a lot more variable snow than I thought I would, haven't wished for the 8.5, even out there.  For what you described, that's the one.

 

179 for those medium to long carved turns you like (works great on the short ones, too).

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If you are sticking to groomers, I would first recommend the 8.0 172cm at your size. The 179cm is more GS in feel, the 172cm more of a traditional carver. 

 

I love the 8.5ti as well. It is almost as good on groomers as the 8.0, but better in junk snow, especially at the tip.  Still a wicked carver, tons of energy.  Maybe more energy than some are looking for though, not a traditional damp, quiet GS carver like some of the Heads and Fischer.  

 

The 172cm 8.0 is the 174cm 8.5 in terms of length. Same running surface.  The 179cm 8.0=181cm 8.5, and is much more ski. 

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