2020 Blizzard Alight 8.2 Ca

Blizzard’s women’s Alight skis are designed for frontside performance and utilize a ton of women’s specific technology and design. The wood core reduces weight by 12% compared to most of Blizzard’s skis, then they integrate carbon fiber stringers into the fiberglass layer to add stability, torsional stiffness, and rebound. What’s even more special, perhaps, is the fact that Blizzard has totally redesigned their sidecut profile to work better for women’s bodies. They move the binding mount point forward, which quite a few manufacturers do, but they also move the center of the sidecut forward, which is quite unique to Blizzard. Based on our previous experience, it gives their skis a great feel for women and an intuitive nature.

Allison Ruschp really enjoyed the Alight 8.2 Ca. She skied the 162 cm length and scored it 5 out of 5 for quickness/maneuverability and forgiveness. We also saw high scores for stability, playfulness, and torsional stiffness/edge grip! “Excellent edge hold for this type of ski. Carbon keeps the chatter down. Easy to carve, light, and forgiving on the knees. Perfect for the intermediate skier that skis on-trail. Likes to make short radius turns, but can still handle longer arcing turns.” That’s great feedback from Alli and we think she’s spot on with her recommendation. Intermediates are going to love the Alight 8.2 Ca, but we also think a less aggressive advanced/expert level skier that doesn’t need metal would also enjoy it. Those looking for more stability and vibration damping can opt for the Alight 8.2 Ti.

Ariel Aidala also skied the 162 cm length and thought it ripped! She awarded the Alight 8.2 Ca 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, and torsional stiffness/edge grip. That’s really impressive for a ski without metal that is this easy-going and approachable. “This women’s specific build from Blizzard rips. Really great stiffness and edge grip. Quick turns and really excelled on groomers. Would be perfect for someone who sticks to firm snow.” This construction clearly worked well for Ariel, which is another reason why we think it could satisfy an upper-level skier. You get impressive levels of edge grip and stability out of this ski from the carbon-based construction.

Katrine Wolfgang was another tester who was impressed by the performance the Alight 8.2 Ca achieves. She too tested the 162 cm length and scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, and torsional stiffness/edge hold, just like we saw from Ariel. Again, those are impressive figures for a ski that just relies on a wood core and carbon for its performance, and perhaps even more impressively, we didn’t see a single score under 4 from Katrine. “This ski surprised me, how good it held at speeds without metal.” Katrine described its feel as “stable and fun.” She was also impressed by its value, commenting that it’s a “great price for an aggressive intermediate to advanced skier.”

The Alight 8.2 Ca is a great women’s ski. Our testers were impressed by its performance, and somewhat surprised as well. Considering there is an Alight 8.2 Ti with metal, it’s easy to peg the Alight 8.2 Ca as more of a recreational, intermediate-only ski, but its responsiveness and overall performance will make a lot of different skiers happy. Their women’s specific designs aren’t gimmicky, they definitely work well for women’s bodies. Impressive stuff from Blizzard!

Testers

Allison Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer who's calmed herself down

Susan Dorn

Age: 61Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 49+Height: 5'5"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

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