Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 4.14 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.12 / 5
Crud performance: 3.72 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.54 / 5
Question is, where lies the balance between the loose, surfy freedom of rocker and the reassuring carveability of traditional edginess? Blizzard may indeed have the answer. The big, subtly rockered twin-tip with moderate sidecut flows through crud smoothly, even as you gather speed, yet it doesn’t mind hard snow. Powder, of course, is its favored medium, and there it’s a perfect blend of flotation, agility and muscle. “Looks beefy, skis like a dream; I was totally at ease,” said Couperthwait.