Ski: 2017-2018 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm
Available Lengths: 192 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 191.0 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2228 & 2231 grams
Stated Dimensions: 150-124-140 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 143.7-124.0-132.7 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 26/30 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 42-55 mm / 26-33 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 0-1 mm
- poplar/balsa/beech/paulownia/ISO (synthetic)
- partial titanal layer + carbon tips/tails + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.8 cm / 87.7 cm from tail
Boots / Bindings: HEAD Raptor 140 RS / Marker Griffon
Test Locations: Arapahoe Basin
Days Skied: 4 (so far)
Ever since we first laid eyes on it, we’ve been talking quite a bit about the completely redesigned Blizzard Spur — you can check out our SIA Coverage on the Blister Podcast, and our thoughts on the Spur (and asymmetrical skis in general) in our Blister Awards.
You can also read our review of the 16/17 Spur here, and Blister members & Blister Deep Dive subscribers can check out our article on the entire 16/17 Blizzard Freeride lineup— the Brahma, Bonafide, Cochise, Bodacious, and Spur — and how we think of each of those skis independently and their place within the collection.
In short, we think that the 16/17 Spur is an incredibly good ski, and there’s no question that the 17/18 Spur is an incredibly interesting ski. The two skis now have little in common, aside from the fact that they are both 124mm-wide pow skis.
The 17/18 Spur gets a rather wild new tip and tail shape, and it cuts weight, too. According to Blizzard, “The new Spur is a total modernization of the traditional powder ski and is unlike anything we have ever done before.”
Blizzard engineer, Michele Botteon, also adds this: “We approached the Spur design using inspiration from surfboard shapes because true powder is, in many ways, similar to water. So much of what you see is based on Hydro-Dynamics.”
We look forward to surfing the new Spur, because on the face of it, it seems like this ski is going to ride very, very differently from its predecessor. Stay tuned…
NEXT: Buyer’s Guide Update + Our Initial On-Snow Review