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2017 Blizzard Black Pearl

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Back in December we were given an exclusive first look at the 2017 Blizzard collection.  Towards the end of the season we were able to get our hands on quite a few of the new models, the Black Pearl being one of them.  We sent out as many female testers on them as we could, and everyone is pretty psyched with the changes.  They're essentially lighter, a bit quicker, and more responsive than the previous versions without sacrificing what's made them such popular skis (i.e. stability, versatility, edge grip, and ease-of-use across varying ability levels.)

 

Click the image for the full review, and you can also find it right here on EpicSki in the article section.

 

 

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Thanks for the review!  My BPs are getting to the point that I should think about a replacement.  Sounds like if I went with the new construction BP, I'd be pretty happy.

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Bring back the Bushwacker!! We have the BP for the women but how about a lighter weight 88 width ski for us guys under 150 lbs??
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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post

Bring back the Bushwacker!! We have the BP for the women but how about a lighter weight 88 width ski for us guys under 150 lbs??

 

Enough of those around, just not by Blizzard.

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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post

Bring back the Bushwacker!! We have the BP for the women but how about a lighter weight 88 width ski for us guys under 150 lbs??

 

Have you ever skied a Rossi E88?  That ski definitely contributed to why we don't have the Bushwacker anymore, although we agree it was a great ski!

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Thanks for the review!  My BPs are getting to the point that I should think about a replacement.  Sounds like if I went with the new construction BP, I'd be pretty happy.

 

We're pretty confident just about everyone who has been skiing a BP in past seasons will like the new version even more.  There are always outliers, however we don't think there will be many.

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Enough of those around, just not by Blizzard.

 

Could you provide me with a few examples?? I actually did demo the Rossi 88 that @skiessentials mentioned. I liked the ski but felt it was a little too "turny" for me. It felt good overall though...

I'm thinking of doing a demo of the Atomic Vantage 85cti if I can find one somewhere to demo. I realize it's not quite 88 but my range is around 85-90 and between 170-175 in length. The BW met those criteria and the Rossi 88 did too.

 

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Have you ever skied a Rossi E88?  That ski definitely contributed to why we don't have the Bushwacker anymore, although we agree it was a great ski!

 

See above :) 

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Damp to lively (my opinion):

 

Fischer Motive 86 TI: http://www.yellowgentian.com/ski-reviews/all-mountain/fischer-motive-86#gijs-review-intermediate-piste-skier

Dynastar Powertrack 89: http://www.yellowgentian.com/ski-reviews/all-mountain/dynastar-powertrack-89

Nordica Nrgy 90: http://www.yellowgentian.com/ski-reviews/all-mountain/nordica-nrgy-90#gijs-review-intermediate-all-mountain-skier

Völkl Kendo: http://www.yellowgentian.com/ski-reviews/all-mountain/voelkl-kendo

Atomic Vantage 90 CTI (no review)

 

You could also use the Rossi Experience 84: the lighter, carbon little brother of the E88. I haven't skied it myself, but reports say it could be something in the rigth direction.

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The Vantage CTI is the one that really intrigues me. My local mountain(Mammoth) didn't seem to have this ski in yet for demo. They had the non CTI 85 and 95 version. Maybe next year they'll carry the 90CTI. The reviews sound great on them. I know the 90CTI comes in a 176 and the 85CTI comes in a 173. I would like to do a back to back comparison but realistically that won't happen unless one shop carries one and another shop carries another OR better yet if I could find an Atomic demo day somewhere on the west coast  :rolleyes

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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post
 

I'm thinking of doing a demo of the Atomic Vantage 85cti if I can find one somewhere to demo. I realize it's not quite 88 but my range is around 85-90 and between 170-175 in length. The BW met those criteria and the Rossi 88 did too.

Not sure it helps or not, but I had a chance to get on the Atomic Vantage 90W at Alta for half a day.  Really liked it as all-mountain because it held really well on groomers and was also fun on soft cut up powder off-piste.  Just for fun, I tried the 90W again during the Demo Day at a longer length.  Liked that too on the groomers.  I also demo'd the Vantage 95 during the Demo Day, but didn't find it exciting.

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Not sure it helps or not, but I had a chance to get on the Atomic Vantage 90W at Alta for half a day.  Really liked it as all-mountain because it held really well on groomers and was also fun on soft cut up powder off-piste.  Just for fun, I tried the 90W again during the Demo Day at a longer length.  Liked that too on the groomers.  I also demo'd the Vantage 95 during the Demo Day, but didn't find it exciting.

Thanks for the update. Hopefully, I can demo some Atomics next year :)

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Atomic Vantage 90 CTI Review

 

It's a great ski!  It does feel quite a bit different to me than both the E88 and Bushwacker.  Similar swing-weight-feel and maneuverability as the Bushwacker's abilitis off piste, but a little bit more energy and responsiveness on firm snow.  We have some employees who spend a lot of their days on a 90 CTI, but then again we have a lot of employees who prefer other skis (E88, Brahma, etc.) for similar applications, so there's definitely a bit of personal preference.

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True. It was much to bumpy, sketchy, scary for me (but I'm bit of a heavy-weight at 190 lbs)...

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Could you provide me with a few examples?? I actually did demo the Rossi 88 that @skiessentials mentioned. I liked the ski but felt it was a little too "turny" for me. It felt good overall though...

I'm thinking of doing a demo of the Atomic Vantage 85cti if I can find one somewhere to demo. I realize it's not quite 88 but my range is around 85-90 and between 170-175 in length. The BW met those criteria and the Rossi 88 did too.

 

 

I've had my 173 Bushwackers for about 4 years now and have always been very fond of them. However, I got my hands on a pair of Scott "The Ski"(s) last year and they have pushed the Bushwackers down one notch to "early season" status. Not quite rock status, but definitely no longer my #1 love. The first thing I ask of any new ski in my quiver these days is that they be among the best of type in the bumps. I started a thread here a couple of years back asking for recommendations for a bump ski that is not an all-out dedicated bump ski. While the Bushwacker was mentioned in that thread prominently, Philpug recommended The Ski. While sizing mine down to 166 cm definitely makes them more nimble in the bumps than my Bushwackers, I also like The Ski(s) better on groomers, well into firm snow territory. They can definitely rail when laid over on edge.  In soft snow, they pretty much are a push, but I much like them just a little better in every way than the Bushwackers. Even if bumps aren't a priority I'd definitely give them a good, hard look.

 

Me: 5'8" and 140#.

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Bring back the Bushwacker!! We have the BP for the women but how about a lighter weight 88 width ski for us guys under 150 lbs??


I'm selling my 173 Bushwackers.  LMK if interested.

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