Leave tradition to the old fogies.
Fatty powder skis are a dime a dozen these days, and it seems like they're all pretty much slightly modified versions of the same thing: big rocker, soft tips, and a loose, surfy feel. Blizzard's down with the trend, but it's also ready to throw down some changes with the Spur Ski.
Don't get it twisted: riding loose, surfy skis can be more fun than swimming in a kiddie pool full of pulled pork, but they quickly get out-muscled when the snow is anything but pristine; the Spur's a little different, though. It still features a pow-crushing 125mm waist and fully rockered tips and tails to surf, float, and pivot through waist-deep creamy goodness, but has a super-progressive sidecut and tapered tips and tails that make it easy to vary your turn shapes at speed and provide a ridiculously smooth and forgiving ride. With some help from the burly sidewalls, the Spur bites into turns like a beast when you get up on edge, so you can rail through pockets of wind-affected and handle groomers like a champ on the way back to the lift.
Not only are the Spur's extremities tapered for a smooth, versatile ride, but they're also made of light and stiff carbon fiber, which actually increases the ski's stability while reducing swing weight and vibration, making the Spur a ridiculously bomber platform when you're mobbing through day-old leftovers or wind-hammered crud. Blizzard also incorporated its unique Flipcore technology, which inverts the poplar, bamboo, and ISO core during the pressing process, matching the core profile to the rocker shape for a ride that's incredibly smooth and a flex that's ridiculously consistent, no matter how hard you're pushing the ski. The Spur's following the general path of the rocker pioneers, but it's blazing it's own trail to powder- and big-mountain domination.
- Rockered tip and tail with flat camber underfoot
- Carbon Flipcore construction
- Lite ISO poplar and bamboo core
- Sandwich construction
- Full-length sidewalls
- Titanium and carbon binding interface
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Blizzard Spur is a lot of ski in a really good way. They are wide and heavy and quite stiff, which helps blast through variable snow. When you hit deep deep powder the 125mm underfoot and rocker tips shine through, letting you carve / surf bottomless powder turns.
The underfoot camber and stiff tails perform on firmer snow and steeps.
The Spur begs to be skied aggressively (honestly, more so than I'm capable of) and inspires confidence as you ramp up the speed. They are stable in a straight line and hold an edge when you need them to. The tails are there for you to ski out of trouble if you get in over your head.
Probably the biggest issue with the Spur is that I find myself skiing faster than I really should. Fun ski!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These skis are amazing. Used them for coaching freeride this past season up at crystal mountain in Washington. We had an amazing season with multiple navel to chest deep days (I'm 6'3) and many 12 to 18" days, and these things dominated. Whether I was hucking, strait lining, blasting chop, or skiing hippy dippy pow glades these felt right at home. But, when it starts to get packed out they are just too wide and heavy. I used these when it was either just stupid deep, or getting deeper every run. A little too wide for anything less than 12".
If you need the pow/ ultimate storm day ski this is it.
Just don't land switch.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been a fan of what Blizzard has been doing since they came out with their new freeride line about 5 years ago. I've skied the Cochise since their release, recently got some Bonafides, and then decided to fully drink the kool-aid and get some Spurs, too.
First, one of the things I love about Blizzard is the fact that they're still using a pretty traditional mounting point, and make skis that are pretty stiff and directional. In general, they cater more to the "charging" type skiers out there. So I had these mounted at the manufacturer's suggested mounting point, and when I got them back, I thought they looked a little bit more forward than I'm used to from Blizzard. So I was a little bit worried that the tips might dive in the deepest snow.
However, I've now skied them in a variety of conditions, including about 16" of fresh. I must say they they performed amazingly. No tip-dive whatsoever, they charge like a metal ski should, and because of the full, yet progressive rocker (combined with that mounting point), you can easily pivot/slash them around in tight spots.
Plus, the carbon in the tip and tails makes them feel lighter than they are, but they still feel damp - best of both worlds!
I also skied them this past weekend during a 3 day storm. Conditions ranged from pure powder skiing, to cut up chop, to chalky wind-buff. For such a big ski (125mm underfoot), they handled the less-than-powder conditions extremely well. I had a blast on the wind buffed slopes.
Bottom line: Blizzard continues to impress with the Spurs. I think I'll be a lifelong customer and I couldn't be happier with these skis.
Great Powder Skis
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I spent quite a lot of time researching various skis before finally deciding on the Blizzard Spurs for powder days and they perform even better than I would have hoped. I mounted them with Look Pivot 18 bindings and the feel is great with lots of control in some pretty deep stuff.