Blizzard Power X8 Ski Test Results 2016 ReviewSeptember 16, 2015
- Explosively powerful
- Endless grip
- Very stable
- Lots of pop
- Awesome at mid to long range turns
- Lots of work to make shorter turns
- Not as exciting at moderate speeds
- Needs to be driven
Blizzard makes excellent skis for skiers who love to make crisp, high-powered, medium to long range turns while moving quickly down the mountain. The Power X8 is a perfect example of that capability.
With the widest waist widths in the Frontside category (81mm), a couple millimeters of early rise in the tip, and two sheets of titanal around a full wood core, Blizzard’s Power X8 is remarkably powerful, versatile, energetic ski. It likes to charge the fall-line, make wildly exciting medium to long range turns, and lay its edges into the hardpack with a vise-like hold. When testers stepped into this ski it was like they stuck a ski pole into the socket and started skiing with their hair on fire. Definitely a high-powered board.
If you don’t want that kind of frozen liquid lightning of a ski, the Elan Amphibio, Scott Majic and Salomon X-Max will provide better short swing turns and more effortless initiation. But if you want to ride a thoroughbred with a little bit of bronco attitude, this IS the ski for you.