Ski: 2017-2018 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm
Available Length: 192 cm
We’ve been talking quite a bit recently 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 current Spur here, and Blister members & Blister Deep Dive subscribers can check out are 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.
And while we think that the current Spur is an incredibly good ski, there’s no question that the 17/18 Spur is an incredibly interesting ski. The two skis now have little in common (especially when it comes to weight and shape) aside from the fact that they are still both fat pow skis. (The new Spur has a stated width of 124 mm, and we measured the current Spur at 124.5 mm wide.)
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. We will probably send the Spur immediately to Alaska, where our reviewer Paul Forward is chomping at the bit to get on it. And given that Paul is a heli guide for Chugach Powder Guides, he is very well suited to see what the new Spur can do in fresh snow.
For now, here are some profile pics of the new Spur.
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