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2019 Blizzard Sheeva 9 Women’s Skis

The Blizzard Sheeva line, closely mirroring the Rustler men’s line, is a high-energy freeride line of skis that has three levels (widths) to accommodate and please pretty much any advanced to expert skier. The Sheeva 9 sits at the narrowest end of the spectrum at 92 mm underfoot. The width, combined with the progressive rocker technology, makes the ski surprisingly surfy and floaty, but still manages to have awesome edge grip and carving ability. The metal plate underfoot allows for some great carving performance, while the softer tips and tails make the journey into softer snow both fun and easy. For an all-mountain/freeride ski hybrid, the Sheeva 9 will be a favorite of a wide variety of skiers. Our testers loved the toy-like feel of the skis, and the playful nature and character did not disappoint. All of our testers used the 164 cm length.

Katrine Wolfgang railed some turns on the Sheeva 9 and found that they had “nice snap to the skis. The narrow waist made it easy to turn—and it does love to turn.” The 14 meter turn radius at that length is pretty turny for a freeride ski, and Katrine also noted that “it stayed pretty stable when I ran it wide and fast, and would be best in bumps.” So given the relatively tight turn radius, she found the ski handled the speed and length of GS turns just fine, but also noted that mogul performance would be exceptional thanks to the “narrower” waist and quick radius.

Kristi Brown took the Sheeva 9 out for a spin and loved the quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness of the skis. She found that they felt a bit on the short side, but that didn’t seem to hinder her fun whatsoever. “The Sheeva 9 is super-fun and reliable—peppy and pretty. Turns like a mini-cooper!” We infer her to mean that it’s quick and responsive.

The word “pep” pops up again with Susan Dorn’s review. She notes it as “peppy, floaty, fun. Light sounding, light feeling, quick turning. Great ski for advanced women.” The picture being painted by the testers so far certainly circles around quickness and maneuverability.

Jenny Lawson also loved the pleasant and quick feeling of the ski, but did note that it lacked stability and edge hold on hard surfaces. Finishing on a positive note, though, she says: ”This ski was playful and easy to turn.” Again, the common theme of playfulness and fun prevails.

From Pascale Savard: “Good overall ski, best in softer snow. Tips are really soft, which makes the ski bounce around at higher speed.” She notes as well that the skis are better suited for less-aggressive, but accomplished skiers. Pascale drives a ski pretty hard, so it’s not terribly surprising to hear that she feels this way. When you stand on the metal plate underfoot, the ski feels solid, but certainly the tips and tails leave something to be desired for the most aggressive skiers on the hill who are looking for the highest levels of stability.

The Blizzard Sheeva series is making skiing fun again—what they lack in brute strength they more than make up for in playfulness and fun. The full wood core with metal underfoot sends the message that these skis are made to be danced with, not slammed on. Advanced skiers will love the pep, snap, and light weight feeling of the 2019 Blizzard Sheeva 9.

Testers

Katrine Wolfgang SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 54Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot

Susan Dorn

Age: 60Height: 5'1"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

Pascale Savard SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Pascale Savard

Age: 51Height: 5'3"Weight: 116 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise and smooth with a top to bottom attitude

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Josi Kytle SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Josi Kytle

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Super fun and smiley

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  1. I can’t decide between the Sheeva 9, Sheeva 10 and Black Pearl 98. I loved the Sambas so thats making me lean towards the 98’s but looking for a more fun and playful ski but not too wide. So maybe the Sheeva 9’s are the ski to go with?

    How are these skis similar to the Rustler series?

    1. Hi Emily!
      Yes and yes. We talk a lot here about the similarities between the Sheeva 9 and the BP 98 and we feel like the Sheeva is a better option for many skiers. They pretty much rip on groomers, but also have the playfulness to handle the soft snow and all-terrain skiing. They are the same as the Rustler skis aside from lengths and graphics. Have fun!
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      1. Great! Thanks for your reply. Are the Sheeva 9’s similar stiffness to the Rustlers? I demoed the Rustler 10’s in a 172 and think I need a shorter, maybe more forgiving ski. So was thinking the Sheeva’s may fit this category?

        One more question: how would these handle being mounted with a touring binding?

      2. Hi Emily!
        Same exact construction between the models, just different graphics and sizing. We’ve seen a bunch get a touring binding, whether it’s a platform or a tech binding, it looks just great! Happy skiing!
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  2. HI, I am looking for a good all mountain ski for my wife who is a good skier but not at the advanced level yet. Although she will be now that we live and ski in Whitefish, MT alot where the terrain varies and snow is fairly light.

    Thanks, Dan

    1. Hi Dan!
      Those Sheeva 9’s are pretty sweet. My wife demoed them the other day and loved the light swing weight and overall versatility. She’s normally on a Nordica Santa Ana 100 but really liked the playfulness of the Sheeva. I think it’d be a great western ski for sure. For comparison, check out the K2 Fulluvit 95 or the Liberty Genesis 96. Have fun!
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  3. Hi
    I have been skiing on volkl kenjas for 5+ years and looking for a new ski. I love the kenjas overall but looking for a ski that is maybe a little lighter and more playful that still offers stability. I tested the nordica Santa ana and they were NOT the ski for me at all. I am looking at the volkl secret, Salomon qst, sheeva 9. I am an expert skier and ski mostly in winter park so ski lots of bumps by default. Any thoughts on any of the skis I am looking at or other suggestions?

    1. Hi Dominique!
      I love the QST 92 for what you’re talking about. They’re a great all-mountain ski that is light, maneuverable, and still quite responsive. The Sheeva’s are cut from the same cloth, but perhaps have more in common with the Santa Ana than the QST. The Secret will likely feel like more of the same as your Kenja, which if you like that, that is probably not a bad thing. But for bumps and all-mountain skiing, the QST is hard to beat. Have fun!
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  4. Hi there – coming down to making a decision on the Sheeva 9 vs the BP 88 – looking for a ski that will hold an edge well, be versatile enough for moguls, but also fun on groomers. Between the two – which one? Typically ski a 158/159 and not sure I’m confident enough to jump to a 164 on the Sheeva….

    1. Hi Kelsey!
      Both are great choices. You’ll get better soft snow performance and maneuverability out of the Sheeva, but not quite as strong of a groomer performance. I’d say the Sheeva is a more well-rounded ski overall. It’s not a huge jump to the 164, but if you’re not overly aggressive, I’d stick to the shorter size. Hope that helps!
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  5. I am looking to upgrade from my ancient Nordica Conquer (162cm). I have liked them a lot but I think they must weigh 20 pounds. I am in my mid 40s, about 135 pounds, 5’8”. I ski a variety of terrain (with the exception of tight trees) and conditions in the CO Rockies. I am not a very aggressive skier and my technique is good but not perfect. I am considering Sheeva 9, Ripstick 94W or Salmon 92 QST. I have read a ton of reviews but they are leaving me even more undecided. I’d love to get your opinion.

    1. Ha! Ancient!
      The nice thing about all these choices is that they’re all very good. Your list is awesome, and you’ll love any of those skis. The Sheeva has a metal laminate underfoot, and is a pretty strong carver as a result, but it doesn’t lose anything in the swing weight and maneuverability department. The Ripstick is a super-fun ski that loves to be on edge, and is a very capable ski for how light it is. The QST 92 is the type of ski that if you put it on anyone’s feet, from an intermediate to a pro, they’d find a lot of love there. It’s just a great all-mountain ski with a ton of versatility, but no one highlight. If you’re on the less-aggressive side, I think you’d really enjoy the Ripstick. Again, all great skis. I’d stick to that low-160’s range in terms of size. Have fun!
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