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The Blizzard Firebird Competition 76 is an on-piste carving machine, that skis like a de-tuned race ski. Perfect for smashing some long fast turns on the piste.
Level
Advanced, Expert
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Fantastic for skiers who enjoy carving turns at speed.
Price
£780
Season
2019/20
lengths
154,160,166,172,178,182
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
9
Energy
9
Value
9
Edge hold
10
Stability
10
Turn initiation
10
Overall Score
9
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The tip engages very easily which makes it easy to generate pressure above the fall-line
Perhaps not suited for lighter more relaxed skiers.

The Blizzard Firebird Competition 76 are a power hybrid of a race ski and a high performance piste ski, and at 76 under the boot not too far away from some all-mountain skis. To say that they are versatile is an understatement.

The first thing you notice when skiing on them is the pick-up and the way the tip engages at the start of the turn. Once you are carving you then feel the edge hold, which seems to come on automatically even if you do not charge them hard into the turn. However, the harder you push them the better they seem to perform.

The construction is wood core but with C-Spine technology; two thin carbon fibre layers are positioned vertically between the middle laminates of the woodcore and run tip to tail. This gives the ski its superb torsional stiffness and rebound at the end of the turn.

The relatively wide waist works against them in short turns, as it takes a fraction of a second longer to switch edges in transition, but at 15m radius they are ideally suited for medium to long radius turns where that edge hold really comes into play.

If you like speed and carving with big edge angles these could be the skis to choose.

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