2020 Blizzard Alight 8.2 Ti

The Blizzard Alight 8.2 Ti is the top-of-the-line ski in their Women’s Piste collection. Blizzard puts a lot of thought and detail into the production of their women’s skis. They have a lightweight wood core with carbon fiber woven into the fiberglass layer to add responsiveness and energy. This particular ski utilizes a titanal metal layer to add in vibration damping and stability, although skis that use metal are typically more demanding and ask for a higher-level skier than those without. The sidecut design of the Alight skis is also specifically designed for women. The binding mounting point is moved forward, but unlike other manufactures, Blizzard also moves the center of the sidecut forward. This is designed to work seamlessly with the female center of gravity, and based on our previous experience, gives the ski a very intuitive feel. The Alight 8.2 Ti is 82 mm underfoot, uses turn radii ranging from 10 to 14 meters depending on length, and features minimal rocker in the tip and tail, just 3 mm of rise.

Caroline Kessler really enjoyed testing the Alight 8.2 Ti. She skied the 162 cm length and thought it was “another extremely fun carving ski!” Caroline tested a whole bunch of skis in this category. “I would compare these to the Rossignol Nova with their quick turns and stable performance at high speeds, but still pretty playful.” Caroline is likely referring to either the Nova 10 or 14, both of which did well in our test. The Alight 8.2 Ti earned 5 out of 5 for quickness/maneuverability and torsional stiffness/edge grip from Caroline, which are some impressive scores! “I would recommend the Alight 8.2 Ti for a fairly aggressive all mountain carver, or for someone just looking to make some nice round turns on groomers or hardpack. A necessity for an east coaster’s quiver.”

Allison Ruschp also tested that 162 cm length and had plenty of good stuff to say about the Alight 8.2 Ti. “Smooth and playful, easy to ski,” according to Alli. Mostly 4’s and 5’s out of 5 from Alli, with playfulness and torsional stiffness/edge grip both earning the coveted 5 out of 5. “Ladies learning to complete their turns, this ski will help you improve. Edge hold and stiffness are moderate, which is perfect for this level ski.” It’s not so stiff that it’s going to punish you, but it still has the performance advanced skiers look for. “Titanal helps make the ski more stable and less chattery than skis without metal.”

Kristi Brown loved her test runs on a 162 cm Alight 8.2 Ti. Not a single score lower than 4.5 out of 5 from Kristi! “The Alight is more than all right. It’s like a well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc blending notes of minerality and zest.” I certainly don’t claim to be a sommelier, but that sounds pretty darn good to me. “The 8.2 Ti rolls through turns and adapts to various turn shapes and terrain. The low tip profile hugs the snow, contouring turns.” That low-rise rocker really gives you great control when you’re on the Alight 8.2 Ti. It also makes turn initiation very smooth, unlike some stiffer, full camber carving skis. Kristi rips, so if it lived up to her expectations, we can confidently recommend it to advanced to expert level women.

The performance achieved by the Alight 8.2 Ti will satisfy those upper level skiers, but it’s also a fairly approachable ski for an intermediate who values stability and a smooth feel. For less aggressive skiers or those that prefer lighter skis, the Alight 8.2 Ca has similar performance, but drops the metal for a lighter feel. You lose a little bit of stability at speed and vibration damping, but for some women, that’s just fine.

Testers

Allison Ruschp

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

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

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

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

Darcy Mangan

Age: 43Height: 5'6"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and happy, just like it should be

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Caroline Kessler

Age: 24Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

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