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The local ski hill had a demo day yesterday. I decided it was a good opportunity to try out a few things. The conditions could have been better. They had made a bunch of new snow over night on top of a refrozen slab of man made junk. THe morning started cold but it warmed up to about 40 with off and on sun. They had done a minimal amount of grooming so things were pretty interesting in a few spots. By mid afternoon the new snow had become rather sticky. I am 5'10 245lbs, ski very aggressively, and fall somewhere in the 8-9 range on skill level.

Rossignol CX80 180cm.
The minute I picked them up I new they were a serious pair of skis. I was not to be disappointed when I got them on the snow. The rep had hot boxed all his skis the day before so they glided effortlessly across the snow. At first I thought it might ski like a tank but once up to speed they were just awesome. Despite their 80mm waist they were quick edge to edge. They were very stable at speed and perfectly willing to lay big trenches in the new snow. I really think this might be the perfect set up for the local hill.

Blizzard Titan Cronus IQ 180cm.
I was excited to hear that Blizzard would be on hand. I just hoped that they had some of the the Titan series on hand to try out. The lone pair was the Cronus in a 180. I made a few laps on these and over all I was not thrilled. They seemed soft and really gave up the ghost on any of the hard stuff. I had expected them to ski more like my Watea 84's but they did not. They were nice in the soft snow but I can't help but wonder if I would have been happier on a 187.

Blizzard SLR Magnesium IQ 167cm.
This ski was more like what I am accustomed to. I had high expectations but was left wanting more. They skied very heavy and damp. They were quick edge to edge and had very solid edge grip but they seems to have issues with releasing a turn in the softer snow. I will say that I would expect these to be pretty awesome on a typical midwinter night when the hill had turned to boiler plate.

Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 184cm.
I spotted these on the rack late in the afternoon. At first glance they looked more like water skis and snow skis. I had my doubts about how well they would work at the little 400 vertical ft. ski hill but I just had to try them. Surprisingly I actually enjoyed skiing on them. I could do pretty much anything I wanted with them except lay them on edge and carve some serious trenches, but with 27m turn radius that was no surprise. I could make short turns with them and really long turns. All I had to do was stay on top and stay focused. They didn't seem like the boards to take a lazy cruiser on but I was still pretty impressed. I might just have to watch for a set on Tram Dock.
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Nice reviews! Too bad you didn't get to ski the Magnum line from Blizzard. The Cronos/Argos stuff is average at best, but the Magnum skis are really where its at from Blizzard (also the race/race carvers are superb too!).
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It was either the Magnum 8.7 or the Dynastar and I went for the Dynastar. Its sounds like I should have gone the other way. I had to pass on testing K2's and Salmon's as well, so I guess I really needed another day. I really did like the CX80 though.
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It was either the Magnum 8.7 or the Dynastar and I went for the Dynastar. Its sounds like I should have gone the other way. I had to pass on testing K2's and Salmon's as well, so I guess I really needed another day. I really did like the CX80 though.
The 8.7 is my new favoritest ski of all time, I am in serious lust.
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It was either the Magnum 8.7 or the Dynastar and I went for the Dynastar. Its sounds like I should have gone the other way. I had to pass on testing K2's and Salmon's as well, so I guess I really needed another day. I really did like the CX80 though.
The LP is a nice ski though! Fun to test. The 4x4 from Dynastar is as good as it gets for a frontside ski: did they have that one?
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The 8.7 is my new favoritest ski of all time, I am in serious lust.
Phil,

Until Christmas, eh?

Neil
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The LP is a nice ski though! Fun to test. The 4x4 from Dynastar is as good as it gets for a frontside ski: did they have that one?
I think I saw a pair but had not really given it any thought. To be completely honest though I didn't finding anything that was as an all around ski as my Watea 84's.
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