2020 Blizzard Sheeva 9

The women’s Sheeva 9 is the narrowest ski in Blizzard’s Women’s Freeride collection. The Sheeva collection is designed to offer more playful soft snow performance compared to the Black Pearl series. They use more pronounced rocker and early taper as well as metal laminates that taper and end as they reach the tip and tail. Blizzard calls it Dynamic Release Technology, and the goal is to give the ski easy turn initiation, solid edge grip, and the ability to release that edge with ease. At 90-92 mm underfoot, depending on length, they should be able to make quick edge to edge movements, but also handle soft snow conditions well. All-mountain versatility is the goal of the Sheeva 9, and we were excited to put that to the test.

Nifer Hoehn tested the 172 cm length, which happens to be the longest available length in the Sheeva 9. Her scores were downright impressive: 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and also overall impression. “Really fun ski. Superficially, I loved the graphics. Moving on, really stable throughout the turn and a lot of pop coming out of the turn. This was so much fun to ski on. Light, but not flimsy and a work-horse that was fun to zip around on. Loved the shape and was able to make nice and easy tight turns and also GS turns on it. Definitely recommend this ski.” We thought we’d provide you Nifer’s entire response to the Sheeva 9 as she does such a great job describing the personality of the Sheeva 9. It’s stable, but also maneuverable, makes both short and long turns, and is a distinctly versatile ski.

Shelby Parenteau tested the 164 cm length and was most impressed by the maneuverability and playfulness of the Sheeva. “Very easy to maneuver and get edge to edge. Overall, a pretty playful ski.” Shelby isn’t as experienced of a skier as Nifer and aligns more with the intermediate level, so it’s nice to know she didn’t feel the Sheeva 9 was difficult to ski. Her scores supported that, with quickness/maneuverability earning 5 out of 5 and playfulness, forgiveness, and torsional stiffness/edge grip all receiving 4 out of 5.

Catherine Ferguson also tested the 164 cm Sheeva 9 and had a similar reaction as Nifer, impressed by its combination of performance characteristics. “Stiff, but playful. Would be great for an east coast powder day.” High scores from Catherine for flotation, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. We know from experience that the Sheeva 9 (and men’s Rustler 9) are, in fact, a whole lot of fun on an east coast powder day. They have the perfect shape and plenty of width for all but the deepest eastern conditions. Bonus: they can also carve!

Ariel Aidala fell in love with the Sheeva 9 after her turn on the 164 cm length. She basically drew a line through the 5 out of 5 column, although forgiveness did drop slightly to a 4.5. “This hard-charging women’s ski is a great overall option is you want one ski. It performed amazingly well on the hard pack and I am sure would be even better in some light fluffy stuff. With the right amount of metal (you can see exactly where it is in the ski), this ski gives you just the right amount of dampness. The edge hold was great and it performed well in quick, snappy turns as well as big, long radius turns.”

If you’re looking for a versatile all-mountain ski, the Sheeva 9 better be on your radar. With its mix of rocker, early taper, and partial metal construction, it’s both maneuverable and powerful, stable and lightweight, serious and playful… we could go on and on. A lot of women would thoroughly enjoy skiing the Sheeva 9.

Testers

Nifer Hoehn

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

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Shelby Parenteau

Age: 27Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder

Catherine Ferguson

Age: 26Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride and freestyle oriented with a flair for fun

Ariel Aidala

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

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

7 Comments on the “2020 Blizzard Sheeva 9”

  1. Hi, I’m debating between the Sheeva 9 and the Black Pearl 98. I ski a wide variety of terrain, from backside bowls to steep frontside groomers, some moguls and occasionally in and out of the trees chasing after my kids. 75% of my days are in the midwest and 25% in the Rockies, so I’m looking for something that can carve the ice here at home but also have fun in the powder out west. I demo’d the BP98 this year and really liked them, however I’m also on the taller/heavier side for a woman at 5’9″ and 160-165 pounds, so I’m wondering if the metal in the Sheeva would give me more stability when laying down GS turns in the Midwest. I do like to carve and go fast (I feel like if I’d grown up skiing as a kid I might have some racer in me…) and am replacing a pair of 2007 165cm Dynastar Legend 8000’s that have served me very well, minus powder performance. They carve like champs though, and I don’t want to fully give that up when switching to a more powder-friendly ski.

    1. HI Jenn!
      I think you’ll like the precision and response of the Sheeva versus the 98. It being narrower, as well as the metal laminate puts it more in your court. It doesn’t sound like you’ll miss the float of the 98 all that much with the amount of time it sounds like you spend in or seeking powder. I’d say the 164 is the proper size in that ski. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks so much, Sheeva 9 it is! Still debating the size…164 vs 172. Based on most size charts (I’m advanced skier, 176cm tall) I should be more up in the 168-175 range, but my 165cm Dynastars have skied fine (granted they are a pretty stiff ski). What do you think?

      2. Jenn,
        I’d go 172. They’re pretty easy to turn, and while you might find them to be a handful in tight bumps and trees, overall I think it’s a better choice. Have fun!
        SE

      3. Jenn, I am 175cm and have the Sheeva 9 172 and love them; I ski in the northeast but have had them out west as well. Such a versatile ski and they are fabulous in bumps and trees. Thinking about stowing away a 2nd pair incase something happens to mine!

  2. I am trying to decide between the Sheeva 9 and the Black Pearl 88. We live in New England so I ski on the groomers and often on icy conditions. However, we do occasionally ski out West so I am looking for a great overall ski. I’m a solid intermediate skier and I ski the steep fronts and the moguls but I don’t go into the trees very often. I am 5’2 and 106 lbs so looking for a ski that is fun, responsive and not too much to manage. Would greatly appreciate advice on the ski and the size (I currently have 151 but considering possibly going shorter). Thanks!

    1. Hi Valerie!
      I think the Sheeva in the 148 is the way to go. There’s nothing wrong with the Pearl, but the partial metal laminate of the Sheeva will give you more torsional stiffness, and therefore better grip on the hard snow. They’re not quite as light as the BP88, but they do have a higher-performance ceiling. Have fun!
      SE

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