Fire up the Quattro! Blizzard Skis' new 'frontside' all-mountain machine revs up the engines and takes you to places in style - making it one of our favourite all-mountain skis of the year.
Sharing a name with Audi's 1980s famous 4x4 vehicle, the Quattro 8.0 Ti looks a little like KITT from the '80s TV show Knight Rider in ski form - but instead of talking back at you, it just quietly gets on with the job of gliding over every surface you might face on a typical ski day. Performing more like a high-end rally car on nitrous oxide when you crank it up and then forgiving enough to let you absorb the bumps and lumps when you dip off the groomed stuff.
Serious grip during short and long radius turns on hard pack snow make it appealing to advanced skiers, but they purr at low speed and roar through the choppy stuff.
Underneath the bonnet you'll find a sandwich wood core with a metal plate that provides stability and strength to the skis. The 8.0 model drops the carbon, which reduces the price and perhaps tones down the responsiveness a little - but certainly not the overall performance.
We think they would suit both aggressive and mellow male skiers who want to push themselves all over the mountain with 70/30 split between on and off-piste.