Blizzard Peacemaker (2017) - Ski Mag

Blizzard Peacemaker (2017)

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Rating: 2.90 / 5
Price: $720.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 104
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-104-124
Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186

Stability at speed: 2.79 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.91 / 5
Crud performance: 3.20 / 5
Flotation: 3.13 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.78 / 5
Overall: 2.90 / 5

With its 104 mm waist, the 2017 Blizzard Peacemaker is a likely everyday ride for freeriders who ski mostly Western locales. It's a looser, smearier, bidirectional alternative to the similarly wide, flat-tailed Cochise (which is also more expensive, at $900). Like the wider Gunsmoke, it's built on a foam-lightened core, but it'll be quicker edge to edge and more versatile in everyday (non-powder) resort conditions. Blizzard's Freeride Twin men's collection comprises four twin-tipped versions of the Austrian brand's highly successful bull-themed all-mountain skis (each is named for a famous rodeo bull). All models return unchanged for 2017, except for new graphics on all but the Latigo. The Freeride Twin collection's broad span of waist widths ranges from powder-specific (Gunsmoke, 114 mm) to Eastern-knifey (Latigo, 78 mm), with a couple of soft-snow generalists (Peacemaker, 104 mm; Regulator, 94 mm) in between. Compared to the flat-tailed freeriders (Spur, Bodacious, Cochise, Brahma) the twins offer smearier, more youthful, bi-directional performance, but the constructions are the same. All are sturdy laminate layups with edgy, full-length/full-height vertical sidewalls. The wider models are built on cores of durable bamboo and poplar mixed with foam stringers to keep things light (Blizzard's ISO Core). The narrower models are all wood for maximum durability and strength. All are rockered in the tip in tail, for soft-snow flotation and easy-to-pivot steering, with positive camber underfoot for enhanced edge grip and rebound energy on hardpack. Tapered tips (where the widest part of the ski is moved toward the binding) give all models an added measure of slashy surfiness in deep snow. All are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down; flat surface up). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. The newer Carbon Flipcore, in all models, has a layer of strong, light carbon-fiber reinforcement through the rocker area in the tip to save weight, increase stability, and reduce the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis. Blizzard, founded in 1945, is based in Mittersill, Austria, about 15 minutes from Kitzbuehel. It's part of the Tecnica Group, which includes Tecnica and Nordica (also Rollerblade, Lowa, and Moon Boot). The Mittersill factory produces both Blizzard and Nordica skis, as well as some skis for other brands. -J.C.

With its 104 mm waist, the 2017 Blizzard Peacemaker is a likely everyday ride for freeriders who ski mostly Western locales. It's a looser, smearier, bidirectional alternative to the similarly wide, flat-tailed Cochise (which is also more expensive, at $900). Like the wider Gunsmoke, it's built on a foam-lightened core, but it'll be quicker edge to edge and more versatile in everyday (non-powder) resort conditions.

Blizzard's Freeride Twin men's collection comprises four twin-tipped versions of the Austrian brand's highly successful bull-themed all-mountain skis (each is named for a famous rodeo bull). All models return unchanged for 2017, except for new graphics on all but the Latigo. The Freeride Twin collection's broad span of waist widths ranges from powder-specific (Gunsmoke, 114 mm) to Eastern-knifey (Latigo, 78 mm), with a couple of soft-snow generalists (Peacemaker, 104 mm; Regulator, 94 mm) in between. Compared to the flat-tailed freeriders (Spur, Bodacious, Cochise, Brahma) the twins offer smearier, more youthful, bi-directional performance, but the constructions are the same. All are sturdy laminate layups with edgy, full-length/full-height vertical sidewalls. The wider models are built on cores of durable bamboo and poplar mixed with foam stringers to keep things light (Blizzard's ISO Core). The narrower models are all wood for maximum durability and strength.

All are rockered in the tip in tail, for soft-snow flotation and easy-to-pivot steering, with positive camber underfoot for enhanced edge grip and rebound energy on hardpack. Tapered tips (where the widest part of the ski is moved toward the binding) give all models an added measure of slashy surfiness in deep snow. All are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down; flat surface up). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. The newer Carbon Flipcore, in all models, has a layer of strong, light carbon-fiber reinforcement through the rocker area in the tip to save weight, increase stability, and reduce the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis.

Blizzard, founded in 1945, is based in Mittersill, Austria, about 15 minutes from Kitzbuehel. It's part of the Tecnica Group, which includes Tecnica and Nordica (also Rollerblade, Lowa, and Moon Boot). The Mittersill factory produces both Blizzard and Nordica skis, as well as some skis for other brands. -J.C.

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