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Blizzard magnum 8.5 ti and Elan Olympus Mons

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
A freind of mine wants to sell me both of these skis, the blizzard magnum 8.5 ti and the Elan olympus mons ski. I dont know much about either so i figured ill reach to u guys. If these were the only two skis in my quiver how would you rate my quiver and why, what would be lacking and what would be the best terrain for me to ski on. Thanx
post #2 of 16
The questions should be what level skier are you, where do you ski and what kind of terrain do you ski. You can try to fit your skiing to some random skis, but its generally better to find skis that fit how and where you ski.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I ski in the east mostly, advance to expert skier. Right now i mostly ski on piste, but planning to start exploring more. He told me he thought that that they would be good. What do you think?
post #4 of 16
What are you currently skiing?
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Mostly on groomers for now but feeling the need to leave em. I try to ski pow as much as i can here in the east (not that much pow)
post #6 of 16
Sorry, what are you current skis?
post #7 of 16

These are both excellent skis and suitable for the east. The Blizzard is not for intermediates. The Elan, wider envelope. 

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
And how bad would it be if I'm not fully up to the level that the blizzards are ideal for but i ski them anyway. It's there a concept by skiing that ill grow into them the more i practice with them or will it hinder my acceleration in becoming a better skier?
post #9 of 16

You haven't said what ski you ski now.     Size is also a question - how big are you and how big are the skis being sold?      

 

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Again i ski almost always in the east. For now i ski mosty groomers but i love powder and try to go after it snows. I would use the mags for the groomers and the olympus for the pow and hopefully trees. Im 5'8 and 230. Vey stocky. But not "fat". Built like a brick. The mags are 174 and the olympus is 176
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Srry ive been skiing k2 ext. Way too soft and i grew out of them a long time ago...i definetely need a big upgrade
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by hudanibs View Post

Again i ski almost always in the east. For now i ski mosty groomers but i love powder and try to go after it snows. I would use the mags for the groomers and the olympus for the pow and hopefully trees. Im 5'8 and 230. Vey stocky. But not "fat". Built like a brick. The mags are 174 and the olympus is 176

230 pounds? You'll like the Magnum 8.5 ! Really nice all mountain skis with lots of edge grip, nice carver ( long and mediun turns), nice in bumps and trees. They are on the stiff side so demand more juice in bumps... The 174 would be the right size regarding your height and should be ok regarding your weight... I ski the 181 at 215 pounds...

post #13 of 16

The Magnum 8.5ti is, IMHO, the finest east coast on-trail ski ever made.  They're a good bump ski, they plow through cruddy piles, they have good edge grip, etc.  Tree skiing is usually done at too slow a speed to make them float.  They're probably ok in skied-out trees, but I was never much of a tree skier.  Bump skiing on them requires an active pilot in terms of absorption and extension; i.e., you need some amount of bump skiing skill to make them work or you'll get punished.

 

That said, some people who's skiing I really respect thought the 8.5ti was terrible.  One of them is much lighter than me (I'm 175 pounds, was on the 174cm length) so he might not have had the weight to bend it...  And one of them lives for tree skiing and they're not a "great" tree ski by any means.

 

No experience with the Elan's you mentioned.

post #14 of 16
I'm 6 2 and 215 on the 181 Blizzard magnum 8.5. It's not too much ski. If anything, not quite enough. Go for it. Great all mountain ski. Carving, bumps, crud, trees, light pow. Not the absolute best at any of them but good enough at ALL, esp. on east coast.
post #15 of 16

The Olympus Mons is too small and flexy for your size.

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

The Magnum 8.5ti is, IMHO, the finest east coast on-trail ski ever made.  They're a good bump ski, they plow through cruddy piles, they have good edge grip, etc.  Tree skiing is usually done at too slow a speed to make them float.  They're probably ok in skied-out trees, but I was never much of a tree skier.  Bump skiing on them requires an active pilot in terms of absorption and extension; i.e., you need some amount of bump skiing skill to make them work or you'll get punished.

 

That said, some people who's skiing I really respect thought the 8.5ti was terrible.  One of them is much lighter than me (I'm 175 pounds, was on the 174cm length) so he might not have had the weight to bend it...  And one of them lives for tree skiing and they're not a "great" tree ski by any means.

 

No experience with the Elan's you mentioned.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by JonD999 View Post

I'm 6 2 and 215 on the 181 Blizzard magnum 8.5. It's not too much ski. If anything, not quite enough. Go for it. Great all mountain ski. Carving, bumps, crud, trees, light pow. Not the absolute best at any of them but good enough at ALL, esp. on east coast.

We should start a Magnum 8.5's fan club...:D

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