Top Frontside Skis 2013: Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ti

For grippy, race ski performance
Staff Writer

The Magnum 8.0 earned SKI's highest marks in the hard snow category, thanks to its quickness, stability and, above all, its agressive edge grip. This thing is like an angry peregrine falcon, ripping down the mountain at 200 mph and gripping anything—groomers, bumps, corduroy—it can sink its talons into. Seriously, though, this isn't for the laidback skier. It's called an all-mountain ski (and it performs fairly well in soft snow), but it delivers race ski performance. Get ready to get your rip on.

Best For: Hard-core carve technicians who want to up their game.
Overall: 3.40 | Carving/Edging: 4.26 | Stability: 4.20
Length (cm): 158,165,172,179
Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 122/80/107
$850 (without bindings); (on sale for $700)

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