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Ski Review: 07 Blizzard SL Magnesium

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Details of the day and the skier:

Conditions: Okemo, VT. 30 degrees, Groomed conditions mix of man made and natural.

My specs: 5’10”195 lb. Skiing 30 years. Gear junkie by trade.

My own equipment: (as of 2/26/07 6:15 PM EST, Subject to change.)

Boots:

Dalbello Krypton Pro ID

Skis/Bindings:
Blizzard Titan 9 181cm, Salomon S900 Alium
K2 Seth 179cm, Salomon S912
Volant PowerKarve 173, Marker 8.1 (rock skis)
SKI TESTED:Blizzard SL Magnesium 165, Marker 14.0, Vist Speed lock plates

Skiing style/technique:
I am heavy on my skis. I tend to muscle a ski. I ski with a compact low stance.

Preference in skis: I like a ski that will hold and carve through a turn. I also like a ski that can handle moguls.

REVIEW:I normally ski an “all mountain” type ski this is the first time in a while that I bought/took out a “specific” disciplines ski. I will start of by saying what a cool system that this Vist Speedlock system is. With a flick of a tab, the bindings release right off the ski. You would think a system this simple in design would be inherent to slop in the integration, but not here. This is one precise piece of engineering. I could see having a quiver of skis and putting these on everything and only needing one set of bindings.

Back to the ski… I bought these for my son to take off to school next year to do some collegiate racing. This is a race room ready traditional SL ski. I am unsure of the exact dimensions, they are not listed on the ski, but the turn radius is 13.5M. I fell like a person who just found the love of his life and a few moments later she announces that she will she will be gone from me. All I can say is…”You just got here”. Dalbello had their tie with Blizzard ended recently with the announcement of their tie with Elan. I just discovered what awesome skis these Blizzards are, first the Titan Nine and now this magnificent carving tool the SL Mag.

My first run was down “Jolly Giant” a black (see: Blue) trail. I start rolling the ski from side to side and it just wants more. As I lay it over, not a peep out of the ski, it just comes back. The more I give it, the more it turns. I hit a mix of conditions from corduroy to some ice and nothing phases the ski. I have skied short radius skis before, but this is the most explosive and responsive ski of the bunch. The ski was ultra stable at any speed I threw at it and would just hold a turn like it was on rails. Both my son, who this ski is intended for, and I both loved the ski and he cannot wait to take them up to school.

I have yet to ski any of Blizzards integrated systems, but their traditional sandwich construction skis are truly world class and if you see a deal out there…do yourself a favor, pick some up, you will NOT be disappointed.
post #2 of 13
Phil, welcome to the wonderful world of race stock slalom skis.
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I fell like a person who just found the love of his life and a few moments later she announces that she will she will be gone from me. All I can say is…”You just got here”.
But, you're Phickle Phil, you'll just find another love.
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Dalbello had their tie with Blizzard ended recently with the announcement of their tie with Elan. I just discovered what awesome skis these Blizzards are, first the Titan Nine and now this magnificent carving tool the SL Mag.
Which Elan Ski will you test to ease your broken heart?
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
But, you're Phickle Phil, you'll just find another love.
It might take me weeks to get over this.


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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Which Elan Ski will you test to ease your broken heart?
we will have to see.
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I'm testing the '08 world cup SL and GS as we speak. I've skied them both in courses. They absolutely ROCK. They are in the same league with any top race stock ski. Of course ski preference is mostly opinion, but as of right now, they are my favorite race ski. They just feel so comfortable.
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I'm testing the '08 world cup SL and GS as we speak. I've skied them both in courses. They absolutely ROCK. They are in the same league with any top race stock ski. Of course ski preference is mostly opinion, but as of right now, they are my favorite race ski. They just feel so comfortable.
Aren't you typically a volkl guy? How do they compare to the volkls in your line up?
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I've traditionally been a hard core Volkl guy. These feel very similar to Volkl race skis. There was really no adjustment period at all. The Blizzards may actually have slightly more edgegrip, with a more damp, smooth feel than the Volkls. They are VERY predictable and confidence inspiring. I've tried all the top race skis, and this is the first time everything falls in place to justify a switch. It seems like there is always a negative for each brand in comparison to Volkl.

Atomic - I like them, but I really don't like their bindings. Plus we don't have strong representation in our area.

Fischer - I love their SL, hate the GS

Nordica - too demanding for me. They really lock into a turn shape. Hard to skid or adjust your line. On the feet of a really good racer, they are definitely one of the top race skis available.

Elan - This is stupid, but I just hate the graphics... They ski great though. Just not great enough to switch from Volkl.

Rossi - These feel totally different to me than everything else. They just seem weird. I'm sure I could get used to them, but at first impression, they aren't for me.

Salomon - These skis just plain suck.

The Blizzards have the whole package. Killer graphics, a non binding specific Vist plate, great performance from both the GS and the Slalom.
post #8 of 13
Top Team Austria. I'm dating myself with those ads that included Blizzard back in the late 60's early 70's. I'm with you on the removable binding and the plates. To me its a great concept. Buy one set of bindings have plates on the other skis you ski and be able to switch bindings from plate to palte easily and quickly. I'd buy that .
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I'm with you on the removable binding and the plates. To me its a great concept. Buy one set of bindings have plates on the other skis you ski and be able to switch bindings from plate to palte easily and quickly. I'd buy that .
Kinda like the origonal ESS system.

Just out of curiocity, does anyone one know that this Vist Speedlock system costs?
post #10 of 13
There are a couple different plates for the speedlock, prices vary.

$169 to $250ish for the plates.
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For the record, the race skis don't come with the speedlock.
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
Salomon - These skis just plain suck.
Could be the skier...
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Could be the skier...
I'll still race ya, you know.... I'll even race on a pair of Salomons and still whoop yer ass!!! They'll be calling you Okskier!

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