Blizzard Magnum 7.6 IQ (2010)

Category ranking: No. 1 Average score: 3.83 Best for: Instilling confidence at higher speeds Not for: Continuing to skid—a waste of its talent
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Rating: / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124/76/107

Stability at speed: 4.16 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.64 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.91 / 5

Tops in hard-snow grip, tops in stability at speed…the Magnum 7.6 sounds like it might be too much ski for a tentative intermediate. To be sure, it knows what to do when a skilled skier gives it the whip. And yet it also, somehow, puts up the top score in forgiveness. By a lot. Blizzard blends foam and wood for a lightweight, agreeable, category-crushing ride, but the energy transfer is still quick and accurate, so it’s ready to rip when you are. “A one-way ticket to being a better skier,” said Casey.


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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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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.