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As many of you know I own a ski shop, but also consider myself a consumer( because I want the best on my feet as well as In my store). I have been and still am I die hard Volkl Guy. A few of my favorite skis over the years have been the AC 40, Mantra, tigershark 12, . I really have loved the Head Im 88 and even though I dont sell them I like the Elan 888. I am a big guy 5'10 weight ranges from 235 to 250. I would rate myself as an expert skier.

A little over a year ago a friend who works for Volkl/tecnica tells me he's leaving for Blizzard. I am pretty surprised because this seems like a backwards move. When he explains that Tecnica bought Blizzard, I put the puzzle pieces together and believe that the Tecnica group is going to try to do the same for Blizzard as they did for Volkl and create the best ski on the market. So very quietly( I think to quietly) many key people from Volkl USA and Volkl Europe have moved to Blizzard. The result , In my opinion, some of the best products available for the 08/09 season.

The first ski I tested this season was the ac 50, assuming it would be the best ski of the tradeshow, this ski did not disappoint I loved this ski. I figured volkl had nailed it again ( and they have). I was sure this would be my favorite ski and my shops best selling. I than tested the Grizzly and I actually liked it better, but I think the price will scare some people. I left the Volkl booth knowing they once again were going to kill it. I tested other brands and still thought Volkl has the best.

I went to visit my friends at the Blizzard booth and was absolutely blown away. I skied the 8.7 and instantly thought this is the best ski Ive ever been on. It did everything It ripped groomed , it ripped crud. I couldnt find a speed limit or a condition it didnt love. the only thing i didnt like was the pricetag . I didnt think the consumer would pay 200 more dollars than the ac 50, Blizzard must have agreed and lowered the price to match the ac 50. I than got on the 8.1 , once again was blown away. seems like the ac 40 repackaged with maybe a little better edge grip. With the ac40 leaving the Volkl line up I believe this ski fills that gap. the final ski I have got to mention is the Blizzard Answer. I skied this ski expecting it to be much to soft for my weight. I have always loved the gotoma but something about this ski was amazing. I cant explain this ski , i can only say I begged to take it home with me.

I have spent approximately 20 days on the Blizzard 8.7. Every time I ski this ski it absolutely blows me away. Incredible edge grip, skis groomed like a race ski and crushes through crud and junk. This ski has replaced my head Im 88 as the ski I always put on my roof rack when heading to the mountains. As for The Answer my begging paid off and I am loving the ski every time it snows I have the " answer".
I do not work for Blizzard but I believe the 8.1, 8.7, and the answer should be on every skiers list to consider for next year. As a small sales pitch for my shop, If you cant until next year I have a few 8.1's available now.
So whenever I head to the mountains I load up the Blizzard 8.7, Volkl mantra, and the Blizzard Answer. I cant go wrong with this quiver.
post #2 of 13
Please give dims
post #3 of 13
The 8.7 is 128/87/113

The Answer is: 130/105/120
post #4 of 13
I own the Cronus which I think is great in a multitude of conditions! Just wondering if you...i.e "PTex" got to ski the either of the Magnums in bumps and what you thought of them in those conditions?

Looks like I might be getting The Answer as my widest ski instead of the Gotama based on your review!
post #5 of 13
Is the Answer fomerly the Big Akira or is it a new ski?
post #6 of 13
It is a modified (stiffened through the tail) Akira. Same shape.
post #7 of 13
After a few minutes reflecting on positive buzz, supply, demand, and prices I don't want to pay next season, I've decided to retract all my positive posts about any and all Blizzards. I was wrong. I lied.

In fact, Blizzards are pieces of s**t, rejected by styrofoam beach toy factories in rural Chad and Inner Mongolia as being too flimsy to produce, and I heard they ski like 1938 Northlands. (The one's with the screws in the edges.) I am utterly uninterested in getting good deals on them late next season, and I hope all you go buy Volkls right away.
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Thread Starter 

In the bumps!!

I liked the 8.7 in the bumps but i am a big guy, might be stiff for some. I really think if a person likes the Im 88 they will love the 8.7. Everyone I skied with loved the 8.1. I was skiing everyone from intermediates to experts. My friend who teles has been skiing the tele plate on the 8.7 and loves it as well.
post #9 of 13
HI,

I enjoyed your review,

What are the expected prices on the Blizzard skis and when will they be available and Volkl AC50?

Rob
post #10 of 13
I'll give a little background on my switch to Blizzard as well. Like P-Tex, I have been a hard core Volkl guy since 1988, when I tried the P9. At the time, that ski was far and away the best I had ever skied. I was absolutely amazed.

Over the years, I developed relationships with the various Volkl reps we have had in our area. The last several years, our local rep was a guy I used to race against back in high school. When he made the switch to Blizzard last winter, he asked me if I wanted to try a pair for a month at the end of the season. He sent me a pair of race stock GS's and SL's. I was blown away by how good they were.

I have always kept up on the current race skis from year to year. Although there are many good ones, and each have their own "feel," I never found one to be *better* for me than Volkl. When I first stepped into those Blizzard's, I knew they were better. (for me...)

Robmitchell,
The Magnum 8.7's should be priced in the neighborhood of 1200-1300 with bindings, the 8.1's around 950-1050 and the Answer will be around 1000-1100 or 1200-1300 depending on which binding you want (5.14 or Duke) You may find them a bit cheaper, but that will probably the average retail.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Pricing

In the ski world thee are 2 prices-- full retail( aspen , Vail, etc.) and MAP ( minimum advertised price) the Map pricing on the on the blizzards are as follows.
The 8.1/8.7 are priced with the 12 din binding.
8.1---899.00
8.7---999.00
The answer-- 999.00 w 14/ I think 1199 with the duke.
These are the minimum a shop can advertise them for. Doesnt mean you wont find a better deal but thats what we have to publish when advertising. I can tell you the 8.7 was originally supposed to sell for 1250 but they dropped the price to compete with the price of the ac 50. I will still sell more ac 50's but I would guess anyone who listens to the Blizzard story or demos will buy the 8.7
post #12 of 13
Any bets on whether the AC50 will win a bunch of "Ski of the Year" awards (from Ski and Skiing), from magazines that happen to have 2-page spread Volkl ads right next to the ski test section, yet get 4th place (or worse) from Ski Press? I wonder how the other superb all-mountain rides that we skied this spring and really liked will stack up?
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
Any bets on whether the AC50 will win a bunch of "Ski of the Year" awards (from Ski and Skiing), from magazines that happen to have 2-page spread Volkl ads right next to the ski test section, yet get 4th place (or worse) from Ski Press? I wonder how the other superb all-mountain rides that we skied this spring and really liked will stack up?

Surely you are not suggesting there is bias in the press, are you dawg :

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