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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Has anyone had a chance to ski on the Blizzard Titan XL, and what was your take on them?
Thanks for the info?
post #2 of 24
I cant comment directly on the Titan skis, but i do know that Blizzard makes GREAT skis. Unfortunately they are hard to come by in the US, due to poor distribution. My room mate/team mate has a pair of the Blizzard RS Ti GS skis. They are wonderful skis. They have a few interesting characteristics that will definitely let you know that youre on a blizzard though. One main one is that they make noise when you ski on them due to a lot of vibrations. The vibrations dont affect the performance, but they make noise. They also give you a good feel for the snow due to the whole vibration thing. I do not know if the Titan will ski similarly, but i assume that it would be close to the GS ski in terms of feel. Manufacturers tend to all have the same feel usually - from model to model within the company that is - usually also from year to year.
Later
GREG
post #3 of 24

Blizzard Skis

None of the shops that even stock the Dalbello boots seem to carry the Blizzrd skis too. Blizzards remain pretty obscure in most parts of the US. I did see them in all places at the ski shop at Alyeska Ski Resort.

Blizzards have a great heritage on the World Cup . I've looked at their line on their website and like a couple of their Skier Cross skis. I did come to think of see Blizzrd late last season participate in a demo day event at 7 Springs.

Anyway, I would like to se somebody in our area start to carry them. The issue with the ski shops is few people are familar with the skis and the public would probably shun them in favor of the other brands based on higher brand awareness. Without advertising and promotion they probably wouldn't sell very well. It seems like you have about 5-6 brands that represent 90% of the equipment purchased today. That's unfortunate, but representative of business today. I bet the Blizzard skis are an excellent quality product.
post #4 of 24
I am looking to try them at some point. My Dalbello rep also carries them so I will take some out for a run or two. Maybe I can be pursuaded with a long term, big signing bonus contract.

RT,

When were you at Alyaska? I was there in 2K and also did some of the other areas too, i.e. Alpenglow and Hatchers pass for some cat skiing.
post #5 of 24
I was in Alaska Jan. 2003 . Didn't ski however. Had a meeting up at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. Then came back down to Anchorage and drove past Aleyska on my way to Kanai to see a few people. Debated taking my stuff with me but didn't. Unbelievable scenery on the drive from Anchorage down to Kenai. . The temp when I got off the charter jet the oil companies fly everbody up on to get to Prudhoe Bay was -50F! Took a breath and coughed.
I think Aleyska was having a bad snow year that year. Maybe it was the year the US Nationals had to be rescheduled. Alaska is probably a bad place for my early first chair ski habit. I don't think it gets light out till about 10:30 AM. Anyway probably a mistake not to have skied it.

For some reason I was concerned about getting in and out of there without being held up with weather. How about the stuffed polar bear encased on its rear legs in the Anchorage Airport. Could you imagine that thing coming at you!
post #6 of 24
The ski shop that I help out at (in Alaska, no less) carries Blizzard. Bang for the buck, the best ski I've seen out there, although the prices are coming up a bit. I haven't skied the Titan XL or XXL, but the old Titan 8.2 was a rock-solid ski. Beefy for a powder ski, and lots of fun in heavy snow. Almost like a race ski for the ungroomed.

The new one, despite the upturned tail, looks to be more of the same.
post #7 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaska Mike
The ski shop that I help out at (in Alaska, no less) carries Blizzard. Bang for the buck, the best ski I've seen out there, although the prices are coming up a bit. I haven't skied the Titan XL or XXL, but the old Titan 8.2 was a rock-solid ski. Beefy for a powder ski, and lots of fun in heavy snow. Almost like a race ski for the ungroomed.

The new one, despite the upturned tail, looks to be more of the same.
Which shop are you at?
post #8 of 24
The Hillberg (Elmendorf AFB) Pro Shop. From the looks of it, we're the only ones in SouthCentral Alaska that carries Blizzard this season. Shame, the combination of Blizzard and Dalbello is solid lineup for a shop. This year, the only other brand of ski we're carrying is Fischer, because most brands have priced themselves out of our market. We still have Rossis, Lines, and Dynastars from a couple years back that just won't move- even just above cost.
post #9 of 24
We stopped at a shop, in an old tudor type building just below Anchorage and picked up some hicking shoes one summer.

Is Hillberg different than the shop at Alpenglow, another AFB?
post #10 of 24
That would be Peter Glenn Ski and Sports where you picked up the hiking boots.

The Anchorage Ski Club's hill, Alpenglow, sits above Anchorage next to the now defunct Arctic Valley, which was the Army (Ft Richardson) ski area. Hillberg sits on the back side of Elmendorf AFB. I guess it was decided that having two ski areas serving essentially the same clientel was redundant. Hillberg has snowmaking, newer equipment, and a nicer lodge. so I guess that's why it won out. Inversions would wipe out the snow at Arctic Valley, but being right next to the more challenging Alpenglow slopes made it a great place to take the whole family. Alpenglow has been struggling ever since Arctic Valley closed.

Hillberg is pretty much a bunny hill, but the lower prices introduce a whole lot of people new to colder climes to skiing and boarding.
post #11 of 24
Roundturns,

Go see Mike or Jim at Center Ski in Monroeville. http://www.centerski.com/ They started carrying Blizzard last season and have a full line of 05's in stock this year. I'm anxiously waiting for a chance to demo the Sigma X-Cross Ti.
post #12 of 24
Blizzard skis in Europe are mostly recognized as having had brilliant past and problematic present time.

No one would argue that the DH and SG skis (Goetschl, Dorfmeister, though not any more) are excellent.
Also the GS (both ladies again, Dorfi with the GS-worldcup 2001/2002) has always been a top ski.
The rest of the pack is or was not so good.

The image ob Blizzard is mostly the producer of cheaper skis.

In many European ski tests I could participate in over the last 8 years or so Blizzard skis were NOT among the best. The too often lacked the typical virtues such as grip or stability - you simply felt the difference clearly.

This is my personal experience shared by lots of skiers. Not by all, I´m sure.
It´s no official opinion or conclusion.
post #13 of 24
Matt,

You plugged Mike before I got the chance! Great shop, great guys! I buy all my stuff from them and get all my work done there!

Sam
post #14 of 24
Me too. Great guys, much better than the "other" local choices that I wouldn't let tune rental skis. Hopefully I'll be demoing those X-Cross Ti's next weekend.
post #15 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by checkracer
Blizzard skis in Europe are mostly recognized as having had brilliant past and problematic present time.

No one would argue that the DH and SG skis (Goetschl, Dorfmeister, though not any more) are excellent.
Also the GS (both ladies again, Dorfi with the GS-worldcup 2001/2002) has always been a top ski.
The rest of the pack is or was not so good.

The image ob Blizzard is mostly the producer of cheaper skis.

In many European ski tests I could participate in over the last 8 years or so Blizzard skis were NOT among the best. The too often lacked the typical virtues such as grip or stability - you simply felt the difference clearly.

This is my personal experience shared by lots of skiers. Not by all, I´m sure.
It´s no official opinion or conclusion.
So does that mean I shouldn't bother with the Blizzard Sigma SL?
post #16 of 24
Just my two-cents worth...

My wife--a complete beginner--bought a pair of low-end Blizzards last year to plough around on. Quite an inexpensive investment, we thought, for being able to slide around the greens and easier blues without having to rent all the time.

Wow! What a great pair of skis! She improved more in a half-day on those that her three previous days on rentals combined! I honestly don't know if it was the skis or if it was just a culmination of her experience--probably some combination of both--but she sure loves her Blizzards. She said she could finally "feel" the skis and confidently make them do what she wanted them to do. And she reports that she feels quite stable on them; quite different than the "tippy-ness" she felt before on rentals.

She is moving through the stem-christie phase and looking forward to working on carving during this year's trip to Breck. Thank you, Blizzard! Thank you for your part in getting my wife enthused about my beloved winter sport!

Best to all...I really enjoy reading everyone's posts...
post #17 of 24
skied Blizzard 02-03 SLK Sigma in 163sm length, had a lot of fun with them (unfortunately broke em)feels very light on feet, exelent grip and stability for such a short ski. I had tryed them basicaly on blue ice once in Collingwood Canada, when snow get blown away by strong wind, thank to Blizzard that was one of the best days last season . They realy make funny sound cuting trough ice. Also try them on dismounted GS course at Bristol didn't found any instability. from the other hand durability wasn't the best in that year models for this seasone company add some more metal in it, hope this makes ski stronger without loosing that nice flex. Definetely will try them having in mind to buy for the next season, one of the top slalom models
If by any chance you plan to go north, any where close to Rochester/Buffalo, check near by Bristol mountain, they had demoed Blizzards last year.
post #18 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
So does that mean I shouldn't bother with the Blizzard Sigma SL?
Sorry for my belated reply, I completely forgot about this thread.
No: I would never say a thing like that about a high-end ski.
You know how it goes: different skiers, different tastes.
Besides, I haven´t skied the Sigma SL.
Go and try. You might love them.
post #19 of 24
I would give the Sigma SL a try. I don't know if i would rely on it 100% as my race ski (i would want a backup that i knew was a money ride like the Elan SLX or Nordica SLR) but i think they are worth investing in. Watch Ebay, dont drop a ton of cash ont hem as they seem to go pretty cheaply. A couple of guys from Cornell and RIT raced on them last year and raved about them all year. My team mate loves his GS skis too. I skied on the previous season's GS ski and found it to be a pretty good ski. It wasnt what i was looking for in a GS ski as i like a smooth quiet ride, but it definitely went like hell. They seemed to have more of a snappy feel versus a really powerful feel. I only skied on them for one evening though.
Later
GREG
post #20 of 24
My brother skied the Sigma SXP and really liked them, although he eventually went with the Elan 666 as his ski of choice (he skied about 10 models and the SXP was 2nd choice). A customer came in with a pair of Titan XL's he had found in California and was raving about them. I have a pair of Sigma RS Ti's (GS boards, 182cm) that are awesome skis, but you have to be on them-ton of performance, not too forgiving. Anyways, from what I have heard, the Titan XL is a great ski-buy it if you can find it!
post #21 of 24
The shop my son works at sells Blizzards, they just had a clinic with the rep Tuesday night. Let me know if he can help anyone out.
post #22 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
So does that mean I shouldn't bother with the Blizzard Sigma SL?
This is my slalom weapon. It is among the three beefiest WC level slalom weapons available. I'm a big fat kid, and I love the thing to death.

I have skied on every SL ski available outside of Head.

I'm a HUGE fan of their skis in general, and I can ski on anything I want to. Some notes:
-The XCross Ti kicks butt. Kicks Supersport butt, in particular. One of the most solid consumer skis around. Not for the weak or timid.
-The CXPTi is a good 5 star alternative for the guy that wants his binding choice, and likes the sound/feel of a Titanal ski.
-If you need a ski for someone getting into the sport, the Firebird series is the best deal around...period. The Firebird X04 is 249, and it beats the heck out of many 349 and 399 skis.
-People won't buy these skis because of something called brand recognition. The marketing effort for the higher end stuff is....weak. It is getting better though.


The shop I work at daily sells truckloads of the inexpensive stuff. Every year, I try to get the boss to bring in the top end stuff, but he doesn't want to take the risk. I mean, an XCross is an awesome ski, but its not a tremendous deal compared to the other awesome skis out there. Its just a good deal. Most skiers don't want to be different, so they go and buy the Volkl.

However, Blizzard/Dalbello is on closeout. So start calling shops and get them to order you these skis at a considerable savings.

We are running two demos this year, and our rep refused to show up at the first one. How am I supposed to convince the boss to bring his skis in bigger if we don't have customers skiing on them and asking for them? I'm going to harrass him till he shows up for the second one. Heck, I'd run the booth for him. Thats how underrated I feel these skis are. And I have no personal stake in this. They don't even hook me up.
-Garrett
post #23 of 24
Garrett:

As I mentioned in a post above, my wife (a beginner) loves her Blizzards. She skis the TG3's and says she feel stable and comfortable and in control. So much so that she confidently tries new things (turn radii, earlier parallel, etc.) and still thoroughly enjoys her slide down the hill.

Since you've experience with Blizzards, could you provide us with a comparison of the various Firebird models and other brand skis we might recognize? Such as, which K2 or Volkl or Fischer (or whatever) would, say, the Firebird X04 be like? I guess we could glean some info from the dimensions, etc., nut there's nothing like a descriptive comparison!

Thanks!
post #24 of 24
Question answered via PM

I'm ironically wearing a Blizzard hat. And a Boeri shirt. Sometimes my girlfriend wonders if I own clothing that doesnt have a skiing company on it.
-Garrett
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