I too love my Blizzards. They're Titan 8.2's I got on pro form the last season I taught, '04-'05 in Mammoth. Mounted Salomons at my shop, Mammoth Sporting Goods, because we didn't sell Looks. Bindings cost me all of $100 and the skis, not too much more...it was pro form. A great 82mm ski as the name indicates "mid fat" or at least that's what 82 mm was at the time. Plenty of float, yet they still held an edge like a mamma jamma at 26m radius (I think 26.) Not quite like a fluorescent yellow Fischer RC's but I needed something fatter than my older but still wicked quick and super lively Atomic 9.20's.
Of course they were quicker, it's quicker to roll a 68mm 2x4 than it is to roll a 82 mm 2x4 that's also 11cm longer. Plus, Titans are wood core so they were nice n damp, a sheet of titanal on top helped that I believe, and Atomics were lighter being foam cored, shorter, and skinnier, and duh, quicker to turn due to their much lower polar moment of inertia. Both had their time/place on the hill.
But hey, I defied all my friends thoughts, "Aw Dave, you'll NEVER get a face shot this season...you're too tall!" OK, at 6'4" it's a bit harder. And they said this in the spring. We woke up Ullr, he gave us 2' of freshies on 5/8/05, I stepped into my Atomics to get a bit closer to the snow, and wa la, I DID get a face shot or ten that day. Not as many days skied as the 150 in '03-'04 but def the best snow season I've lived/worked/skied through. "Sierra Cement" is better than "Pocono Powder" too!
Now I hope y'all are out there enjoying it for me as my 15x surgeried leg/knee isn't strong enough (yet) to risk hurting it on planks, even though my friend made a huge pile of it with the snow guns/etc he sells in MD...in his back yard to make some sort of a park w/ limited vert. A lot more miles on the exercise bike and spring skiing for me, will be 1st time since way too short Whistler/BC vacation in 2009. Jonathan even built a rope tow. Plus, it's dumping rain here and we're supposed to get 1-2" today so conditions aren't exactly "optimal." I just hope his insulation blanket for his snow pile has a nylon tarp on one side so all his accumulated snow doesn't melt. Look up snow blankets in the olympics. They're using what's like a heater blanket but it has refrigerant in it instead as Sochi is typically way too warm to have any decent snow. I sure am glad Putin spent $50,000,000,000 for this year's olympics, which is more than all the other olympics monies spent for preparation combined!