First some background: 37y/o male, 6ft, 180 lb, expert skier. Home mountain: Squaw Valley in Tahoe. I usually ski a mix of old and new technique, and I have always preferred light and playful skis, so I always end up on "French" skis (some of past and cureent favorites are: XScream Series, L8K) Current everyday ski: MRs). Skis I hated in the past were: Mantra, All-Star, K2 Axis, most Atomics. I was looking to replace my current powder ski, 185 Rossi B4s, and the Blowers were the first ski I bought without demoing first, the deal was too good to pass.
Test conditions: Day 1: Christmas day- fresh powder, most of the mountain was closed, so whatever was open was pretty tracked out. Day 2: bluebird powder day, unfortunately I only got 2 hours at the end of the day, as the Mrs. got to ski the most of it while I was cruising the Links chair with our 3-year old.
My impressions: The Blower feels like a fairly heavy ski that refuses to pivot, it demands proper turn initiation technique, if you don't do it right it will punish you. It definitely does not like late edge changes, so engage your edges early... If you stay on top of it, and give it time to come around, Blower will turn very predictably and solidly, if not lightning fast. Float from a 110mm platform was plenty. However, this was not a surfing ski, the sensation was turning in powder, not necessarily on top of powder. If driven properly it would blast through the chopped up snow with authority. I tried a couple of jumps (nothing heroic though) and the feel of landing was phenomenal- much better than my B4s.
I didn't get a chance to do much carving, but from what I could, I felt that it was a rather reluctant carver (expected for a 110mm waisted ski). Bump performance was acceptable, but not spectacular (again expected for a 110 ski). The combination of soft tip and tail and a solid midsection makes the Blower feel shorter than it is, especially on a straightline where the ski feels more nervous than it width and heft would suggest. On the other hand, Blowers were surprisingly quick on emergency maneuvers- where my B4s usually have a tendency to get longer when things get tough.
The next day I took out the the B4s to compare- a totally different feeling. Their 94 waist felt almost like a natural carver, I was taking them through bumps with apparent ease (go figure...) and I again felt that trademark Rossi dampness on the straightlines. Whatever powder snow was left felt also very different- very light feeling, the ski was sinking in and bending almost effortlessly, and a lot more evenly than the Blowers. I have not taken out the Blowers after that, so I cannot pinpoint why the two skis felt so different.
The botom line- the jury is still out for me, I need to get some more snow time on the Blowers to make a better aquiaintance.