Expert Review: 2023 Blizzard Sheeva 10 Skis [with Video]
Ski Expert Jessica Whittam tested the 2023 Atomic Bent Chetler 100 skis on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Ski Expert Jessica Whittam tested the 2023 Blizzard Sheeva 10 at Powder Mountain in Utah this past spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but don’t forget, every skier is different and what works for one may not work for all. If you have any questions on the Sheeva or would like recommendations on what skis would be ideal for your needs, reach out to a Ski Expert here on Curated.
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What does Blizzard claim about the skis? The brand claims that these skis are optimal for East Coast powder or West Coast all-mountain. They say that it's a perfect blend between an all-mountain ski and a freeride ski.
What is your overall impression of the ski? These are one of my favorite skis that I've tried so far. They're super playful and super responsive. For the 2023 ski, the Blizzard Sheeva line hasn't changed since last year. I do really love the graphics that they came out with this year. They're sick. I know graphics are the last thoughts for when you're looking at a pair of skis, but these are really pretty. The graphics are like the icing on the cake. They're great.
How are they to turn? These were really fun on groomers, but they're definitely not made for them. They're 102mm underfoot, so that means these are going to be more of an all-mountain ski. Not an ideal ski for groomers. Taking some narrow turns on groomers, trying to do some short slalom turns, is a little bit difficult. But I will say that they are really responsive.
Could you speak about the ski’s playfulness? These skis are rocker-camber-rocker and have an early rise in the tips and tails. This helps these skis be a little bit more freestyle, a little bit more playful, and surfy. These skis will be a little more playful than a couple of other Blizzard skis. The Blizzard Black Pearls are the little sister of this ski. This ski, compared to its little sister, the Black Pearl, is going to be a little bit more playful.
What about riding switch? They do have the rise in the tail so I could ski switch in them, ski backward, with no problem.
How would the ski be in powder? The skis’ rocker-camber-rocker profile and early rise in the tips helps them float in deeper powder. Not to mention that these are 102mm underfoot, which means these are wider skis. Compared to the Blizzard Black Pearls, this ski is a little bit more freeride and surfy, and does a bit better in the powder.
How is maneuverability in the trees? At 102mm underfoot, they're a little wide for the conditions that we're skiing in right now. But I could take them in the trees and have a really good time with them, even though the conditions weren't ideal.
Who would you recommend this ski to? So this ski is going to be an advanced-to-expert ski. You're not going to want to hop on this ski if you're on the East Coast or skiing mostly groomers or icy conditions. These are definitely going to be playful, more powder-oriented skis. You can definitely use this as your powder ski on the East Coast, but it wouldn't be your everyday driver.
Who would you not recommend this ski to, there are other better options for them out there? I would not recommend this ski to beginners or people who ski consistently on groomers. Again, this will be a playful, freestyle, and all-mountain-oriented ski.