Blizzard Skis now on aussieskier.com - Kabookie Reviewed

Discussion in 'Noticeboard' started by CarveMan, Apr 30, 2013.

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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    I'm pleased to announce that Blizzard Skis are now available on aussieskier.com

    http://aussieskier.com/gear/brand/blizzard/?affiliates=2

    We have started with their Free Mountain range and will be adding their Magnum/G-Force and Race series.

    The Free Mountain Range have been extremely fast sellers in the USA and received a number of awards in the annual Magazine tests. It is a relatively new brand to Australia and as a consequence not well known, but a quick google will show how popular these skis are overseas, particularly in the US.

    We have a number of their 2013 skis listed at prices discounted to RRP and are anticipating the arrival of the 2014 models.

    I personally skied on a Blizzard Kabookie during my trip to France this year - you can read my review here: http://aussieskier.com/gear/2013-blizzard-kabookie-skis/#comment-2783/?affiliates=2

    http://aussieskier.com/equipment/blizzard-skis-now-available/?affiliates=2
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Here's the 2014 lineup:

    [​IMG]

    The main skis are essentially unchanged, and additions to the range of skis with and without metal - ie the new Brahma is a Bushwacker with metal, and the Scout is a Cochise without metal.

    I'm super keen to try out a Brahma as they sound similar to my pet favourites the Prophet 90 & if they have a similar feel to my Kabookies they could be quite the ski.
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    Chowder11

    Chowder11 Dedicated Member

    I love what you guys are doing here with the aussie website. Its great to see an aussie based site competing price wise with the large international sites.
    Quick question though, are you guys looking at introducing some big powder skis?
    Correct me if im wrong but your widest ski is the line influence 115. So im talking 120mm+ full rocker style?
    Again correct me if im wrong but it appears your selling skis that would be suitable for "aussie" conditions. Personally i dont ski in Aus that much anymore, due to many reasons and not just the usual excuses. But i prefer a wide ski in any conditions, and im all for supporting local business's, and especially fellow ski.com.au forum addict's.
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Hi Chowder - thanks for the kind words - much appreciated.

    Yes we have some bigger skis on order but won't take delivery until later November for people travelling OS - as we're a new business cash is tight so don't want to pay for an expensive ski right now that may linger around until the end of the year!

    I think I need to make it more clear on the site that if we stock a brand you like, but not the model or size you're after just get in touch as we can get things in from our suppliers in only a couple of days. The suppliers we are working with are committed to supporting our model and can get gear despatched quickly from their warehouses.

    We're also going to be stocking 1 or potentially 2 more ski brands & will announce that at the right time.
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    Chowder11

    Chowder11 Dedicated Member

    Thats a fantastic relationship you have with your suppliers then which again is great news for us aussie consumers. Both Line and K2 make great options in the type of ski i ride.
    I will be looking at purchasing a pow specific ski for next years annual Canada trip towards the end of this season, so ill be interested to see what other brands you guys will stock.
    Keep up the great work.

    P.s. Moment make some pretty schweet skis, wink wink haha
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room Season Pass Holder

    Cheques in the mail...
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    [​IMG]
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    The more the merrier and good luck to CM I say, but there are a few aussie based sites that have been around for a while doing good deals.

    Not too many stocking 115+ under foot ski's though.

    The Blizzards are damn sexy!
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Yeah they are really, really nice. I'm not the biggest fans of the graphics themselves, if anything the Kabookie is pretty ugly, but the quality of the graphics/topsheet is awesome - sick pearl effect etc.
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    Yes, in the flesh they look much better than in a pic IMO. One of the best finished skis over the last couple of seasons I reckon.

    A guy in a shop in Canada was telling me when they put the rocker in they do it during the shaping process, they don't shape them afterwards like many brands. I have no idea if that is true or if it matters but I found it interesting.
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Here's some 2014 Bonafides with Baron EPFs that I mounted this morning - ready to be sent to a lucky customer in Sydney:

    [​IMG]
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    Chowder11

    Chowder11 Dedicated Member

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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    What an awesome way to ensure the ski has zero pop!
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Blizzards have camber underfoot & rebound - click the link above.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    I was just saying if you profile the core to the shape of the camber like old mate was saying you get no pop. Pop is a product of preloading the wood core.

    Im not trying to be a know it all lol, just pointing out that someone has been fed some bad intel
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    Pete Ay

    Pete Ay Active Member

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    Pete Ay

    Pete Ay Active Member

    Hey Carve, any chance you'd do some demo days? More something the brands themselves do, I know, but I'm sure you had lots of skiers on here interested
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Not at this stage - but if you're a Buller skier there is going to be an expanded demo setup for Line/K2/Blizzard and the usual brand demos at the other resorts.

    Resorts aren't too keen in having retailers do their own on snow demos as it competes with their own retail interests.
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    The way skiing is taught these days one doesn't need "pop" in a ski, and by CM's article I am still a but confused as to what the frighten difference is with flip core or anything else.

    It sounded gimmicky when the guy explained it, and still sounds gimmicky, but they do look purdy!!
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Wow things musta changed since I quit! Tell me more!
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    No rise and fall/unweighting during turns, but I am not stupid enough to get into a technique debate with an ex-level 4 instructor turned ski salesman who is never wrong [​IMG]
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Wow.
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    See post above.

    I will add that I said the same thing when they were teaching it at the instructors course.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Are you still selling Blizzard skis CM? In particular the Gunsmoke?
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    I've sold through my stock, there's a bit of old stock at the wholesaler, mainly Cochise and a few other bits and pieces. I've ordered Blizzard for next year, I think they were the best looking skis at the Canberra Trade Show by a long way & a real challenge to skis like the Volkl Kendo/Mantra etc. I skied a Bonafide all winter and it was an epic ski. Next year I will probably ski on the Brahma.

    I'll see what Gunsmoke might be around.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Thanks. Looking at them for Japan in Jan. Those and a couple of others. Francis Bacon being one of them.
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Overall the Blizzards are a super stiff ski so you definitely need to bear that in mind.

    Will ski quite different from the Bacon, which I'm a massive fan of. Sold a couple of pairs last week so they're definitely going to be one of the go-to skis for Aussies heading to Japan this year.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Oh okay - didn't think they would be super stiff due to the lack of metal in them. FBs may be a better option if that's the case. Not as wide as the Gunsmokes but wider than the 98mm I have been using there the last few years. The FBs are a nice looking ski too which is always a bonus.
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    If I lived in Japan I would have the SFB as my daily and then something ridiculous like the Powabunga for the deep days.

    SFB is just so fun and playful & actually not that bad on the groomers etc. That said the groomers in Japan are pretty soft in the overall scheme of things.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Got any left in the 184?
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Yeah one pair, no more at the wholesaler either.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Hmmm. More coming or not til next year?
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    No that's it until April/May - due to the good winter and strong Japan bookings we are really struggling with some of the popular models. Also kinda due to last year's sucky season and none of us made big orders this time last year.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Okay thanks. Budget constraints next couple of weeks. I'll check back with you when things are a little bit more fluid. I may be lucky and you still have them then. BTW what's the difference between them and the Sick Day 110 besides a couple of mm?
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Main difference is in the tail - Sick Day 110 has a rockered tail but not as pronounced as the SFB nor is it a twin tip. It's a much more directional ski, a bit more carving performance but still not heavy & full of metal etc. Also designed to be skied a bit further back.
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    Ok - thanks again.
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    Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler Dedicated Member

    I've been on the blizzard bonfide for the last few years and it is the best all round ski I've been on. Highly recommended for pretty much everything, except I'd go for a specialist pow ski as it gets a bit hooky. You can read my review in the gear review page.
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    TOFF

    TOFF Old And Crusty Moderator

    I had several goes on these in NZ in August.

    Brilliant ski.
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    The only time I didn't like the Bonafide this year was in that dry spell in August when it was still cold. It was a bit wide for then, but during the fresh snow in June & July, and the spring slush, it was incredible.

    :thumbs:
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    TOFF

    TOFF Old And Crusty Moderator

    I will be buying new skis in 2015 and brahmas are the current pack leader. Will be trying lots of different skis in Tahoe and will purchase in time for Aus season.
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    dawooduck

    dawooduck Old And Crusty

    I am going to demo some powder skis in their native environment in Canada and probably buy an AT rig there. Take the Cochise and buy another rig after demo amongst the natives.

    Will need some front side skis for Oz next year however, something in the 80mm range.

    That will quiver me up for a while.
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    Sydlouise

    Sydlouise Active Member

    Blizzard skis are so so awesome. I have had great great days on the kabookies and bonafides in Canada and ended up buying bushwackers mounted with AT's for here, but don't like them so much so will sell them when I can bear to part ways, I always use my volkl mantras instead. Maybe the Brahma would have been a better choice.
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    DPS Driver

    DPS Driver Active Member

    Yeah they're one of the better makes. IMHO
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    PMG

    PMG Active Member Season Pass Holder

    CM, sorry but after picking your brain re Gunsmokes and SFBs I put a pair of SFBs on layby locally in Sydney on the weekend. The price was too good to pass up and they only had the one pair too so I thought I'd better move quickly.
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