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First Look: 2017-2018 Blizzard Spur

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Blizzard Spur for Blister gear Review.

Blizzard Spur

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.

NEXT: Rocker Profile Pictures

6 Comments

  1. Morgie February 25, 2017 Reply

    Those skis are damn sexy!

    Mind blowing, I just want to stare LOL

    Almost bought the current Spur, now waiting to hear about these beasts

    When do you expect them on the market for sale? fall of 2017?

  2. Blister Member
    Daniel February 28, 2017 Reply

    Is it just me, or is Jackie Paaso riding these on the FWT on the wrong feet?? https://youtu.be/0NKZdShI61U

    • Author

      It reaalllly seems like you’re right, Daniel. What the hell?

      • Blister Member
        Daniel February 28, 2017 Reply

        Can’t imagine you’d do that by accident, but also can’t think of why you’d want the longer edge on the outside. Get her on the podcast and let’s find out!

  3. cmb March 20, 2017 Reply

    More effective edge for variable conditions…

  4. Julian Lobato June 4, 2017 Reply

    These look like they could reduce the centerline roost and face shots that symmetrical skis do so well.

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