2017-2018 Blizzard Spur

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Blizzard Spur for Blister Review

17/18 Blizzard Spur

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

Construction:

  • 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)

Intro

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

11 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?

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    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?

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        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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    Bruno Schull October 21, 2017 Reply

    Ok, I gotta ask. How do these asymmetrical skis work? I think I understand the basic idea: longer effective edge on the inside, with a shorter edge on the outside, so it doesn’t catch when you turn…something like that? If all else were equal (of course this is almost never the case) how would the asymmetrical shape change the way skis feel? Thanks for the great work–I can’t wait for the year review.

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    Dane October 21, 2017 Reply

    Interesting, I added last year’s Spur to the quiver at the end of the season but haven’t skied them yet. Reading this review I think I’m glad I went with last year’s model as I think it covers the top range of my quiver better as a powder work-horse than this more pivoty model. Sounds like a fun ski though.

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    Bruce October 21, 2017 Reply

    Looks like a really fun ski for the trees and deep pow. A comparison with the new K2 Catamaran could be in order. Was wondering if the shovels on the new Spur will hold up in deep chop or fold up like noodles like the old Rossi S7?

  8. Mattias November 27, 2017 Reply

    Do these skis have skin capabilities? would the asymmetrical tip and tail disable skins to be put on? Would the same problem occur on the K2 catamaran?

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    John December 28, 2017 Reply

    I have been skiing a pair of 2013 Cochise based almost exclusively on your review. I can’t overstate how great these skis are. As an old guy (55) and from the East coast, they make me a better skier than I have any right to be. That said, I don’t think they are great in really deep powder. I’m a little too old and too heavy to really float the Cochise in bottomless powder. So, I bought the new Spur. Again, based exclusively on your buyer’s guide and my experience with the Cochise. Wow, what a fun ski. It has that same old school Cochise ‘suspension.’ It’s flat, it pivots, rails, surfs and, most importantly, it floats. The same Blizzard ‘flipcore BS’ DNA is in there but it’s a much easier ski than the Cochise. I’m not prepared to say it’s my go to side country weapon, but for deep (really deep) Jackson headwall, side country, and back country powder, they rock.

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