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Blizzards extensive racing heritage lends trickle-down tech to a recreational 'race' - we test the Firebird CA ski to see how it performs.

Level
Recreational
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Intermediate resort skiers who fancy a taste of the racing life!
Price
£470
Season
2020/21
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
7
Energy
8
Value
10
Edge hold
8
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
8
+
Accessible and capable, and wants to go fast
Slightly one-dimensional

Blizzard's Firebird range of racing skis has won fans and accolades for some time, but you don't need to be a fearless pro to take advantage of the brand's know-how in this regard.

The Firebird CA takes Blizzard's top skis and distils their essence into a piste ski (we can't really consider an entry level ski in the race category, can we?) that is accessible to all.

And as you may expect, labelling the Firebird CA as a 'recreational' ski does somewhat undersell it; this ski punches above its weight. With a full wood core and carbon topsheet it is actually beefier than some in this category, but of course it's way less stiff than most of the Firebird range.

Good in quick linked turns; it won't kick your butt, but if you push it you'll be rewarded with good feedback from the ski. It really does outperform the recreational tag. And it wants to go fast!

Overall a very accessible ski with good turn initiation in both long and short turns, and easy to handle. On the downside, it's perhaps a little one-dimensional and for that reason slightly unremarkable. That said, it's a good price for a genuine taste of the racing life, and will suit a surprisingly wide range of skiers despite the 'recreational' tag.