Blizzard The Answer (2010)

Category ranking: No. 2 (tie) Average score: 3.55 Balance of skills: 3.54 Best for; Getting more than your share of powder Not for; Tight trees and/or Eastern versatility
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1275.00
Year: 2010
Level: 3
Gender: Male
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 135/110/125

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.


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Blizzard Magnum 8.1 IQ (2010)

Category: Men's Cruiser; Category ranking: No. 3 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.26; Best for: Long, fast arcs on the groomed; Not for: Crud, where it’s a little too edgy and energetic

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Blizzard Viva 7.6 IQ (2010)

Category: Women's Cruiser; Category ranking No. 1; Average score 3.96; Balance of skills: 3.83; Best for: Cranking tight turns on hardpack; Not for: The lethargic or unathletic: It’s got energy.

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Rossignol S7 Barras (2010)

Category: Men's Powder Super Wide; Category ranking: No. 2 (tie); Average score: 3.55; Balance of skills: 3.15; Best for: A relaxed, surfy approach in deep snow; Not for: Versatility in non-powder situations

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Blizzard Viva 8.1 IQ Max (2010)

Category: Women's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 4 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.23; Best for: Athletic skiers: It reacts quickly to pressure. Not for: Sunday drivers: This ski demands attention.