Posted on March 24 2017
I was debating for months on what ski to buy this year and leaning hard towards the Dynafit Cho Oyu when we got our shipment of Blizzard touring skis for the season at Cripple Creek. I've had a lot of great days on our shop pair of Cho Oyu's and was looking for something quick and light, kinda skinny and really sweet for spring, yet ready for combat in the powder. Soon as I saw it, the Zero G got me with its smooth profile and heavenly lightness. I changed my mind on the spot and bought it instead. (Hoping for a ski I could take on-piste as well) There are three widths available: 85mm, 95mm, 108mm. I chose the 85 waist in a 164cm length and skied it most of the season in soft snow. Weighing in at 1015g per ski these pawlonia and carbon fiberglass skis basically hiked themselves uphill. And the way down? A full sidewall, carbon fiber sheet, plus carbon fiber wrap on the rockered tip and tail provided control and quick response.
Enthused I finally made it to Buttermilk and then Snowmass to try 'em out on hard packed snow and they raised my eyebrows on the way down. Traditional camber underfoot allowed for solid edging and again the stiff construction surprised me with it's stability at speed and immediate response on turns. There were a few days this season I wished I had a fatter board underfoot, wistfully thinking about the Zero G 108.....but on hikes up, the slender 85mm of surface area below paired with the Blizzard mohair mix skin (made by Pomoca) made hiking more like gliding.
Besides skinning up and skiing down, I chose the 85 width for long rambling cross country tours ( a winter delight to me). I love heading out for a rolling hike and I feel far more stable in a bigger boot with a real ski over traditional nordic gear. Not to mention if I come across something that looks like fun I can dart off to a low angle hillside for a quick ski, NOT usually an option with skinny XC skis! These skis have taken me deep into the backcountry to glades, good views, and as much peace and quiet as I'm willing to stay out there for. They are a multi-purpose and practical vehicle for getting around in the wintertime!
I recommend this series because of the top-tier technology built into them, the performance that technology translates into, as well as the price tag! (I mean we all would love a pair or three of DPS skis but...)
The 85 is a great mountaineering ski, the 95 perfect for all mountain, and the 108 ideal for deep snow seeking backcountry skier. I believe in Blizzard alpine skis and after this season believe deeply in their touring skis too. Better get 'em before everyone catches on and drives the price sky high. Happy to spring to you all!