REVIEWS AND TESTS
Ski Tests & Reviews
2012 Blossom Off Shore
Length Tested: 185
Camber: Flat/ slight Camber underfoot /Flat
Binding: Rossi WC MFX
Mount point: Boot Center
Location of Test: Vermont
Number of Runs: 20+
Snow Conditions: Terra firma to 4"
Demo or Own: Own
Height/Weight: 5'9" /145#
Ski Days/Season: too few of late
Years Skiing: 33
Current Quiver: Blossom Hook 185, Off Shore, Overlimit + WC FIS GS 189, Follow Me WC FIS SL + 165
Preferred Terrain : all mtn
Yet why I believe this ski really shine is not the pivoty short swing turns, but the hauling super G style, hip scraping, epic arching turns. I've always looked at certain faces on the mtn & thought that my ideal run down them would be a handful of just fast cruising S turns. You know these places. They are where the instructors stare for hours planning their descent, the tourists fall sideways, & the majority of your experts end up hop turning in a series of speed check maneuvers. Typically a lesser ski would death rattle at the speeds were speaking of. Not these! They are plenty powerful to arch, yet smooth to absorb the terrain. The Off Shores have that really mature blend of power & suppleness to allow this to happen. The other day I lapped Lower Superstar at Killington on these for a few hours. I made 3 turns down the pitch, even as it got skied off. I've never skied that section so well before. I had actually had someone stop me in the lift line & say "holy shit......you're that guy, how to you ski like that?!"
The skis are that kind of altering equipment.
Conclusion: The Off Shore is a charger that is just as easy to ski slow as it is fast.
Pros: With just a little snow, the ski provides a new age platform for high speed fun. Just let the snow build under the skis as you cut across the hill & the construction feels like you are cutting virgin untracked powder.
Cons: This is a big stick. Most folks are not going to want a 120mm ski for an everyday pair of skis.
Blossom's construction & attention to detail is also simply first rate on these. These are as amazing skiing as they are wonder works of art. The full box construction & bold topsheets are a rare find thes days in the land of copy cat skis & ugly graphics. If you are looking for the next small brand to catch some attention, here they are!
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