2022 Blizzard Sheeva 9

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lengths: 148, 157, 164, 172 cm
radius: 15.5 m at 172 cm
sidecut: 124/92/114 mm at 172 cm
price: $ 479.95

What more would you want out of an all-mountain ski? The Blizzard Sheeva 9 returns unchanged for 2022, much to the delight of pure well-rounded skiers looking for one ski to do it all. At 92 mm underfoot in all lengths other than the 148 (90mm), the Sheeva 9 is a lot of things to a lot of different skiers. If you’re an advanced or expert skier who is looking for one ski for the whole mountain, the Sheeva 9 is a fantastic choice. Light enough for quick and agile turns, but strong and powerful enough for rugged and deep carves in the groomers, this ski has something for everyone. Playful in the lighter tips and the turned-up tails, this ski has a lot of freeride influence in terms of shape and profile, but it’s in an all-mountain format, allowing skiers to really take advantage of the versatility of the Sheeva.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Poplar, Beech, Balsa, Paulownia
D.R.T. Titanal Laminate
Carbon, Fiberglass
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

On the 164, Louise Lintilhac noted that she’d likely size up to the 172, but found the 164 to ski true to size. Like any good all-mountain ski with versatility, Louise scored the ski all 4’s right across the board. Sometimes it seems like you don’t even have to think too hard about skis like this when it comes to scoring—they're equally at home railing a turn on a groomer as they are dancing through the powder bumps in the woods. Louise notes that the Sheeva 9 “is a solid all mountain ski that likes to make medium radius turns at medium speeds. I definitely found the top end of stability when I started to push pace, but for slushy turns, the skis shined when I dialed it back and made more turns. Would recommend for intermediate skiers who are looking for a consistent daily driver on mountain.” I think the range of the ski shows in this comment—that it has fun both in shorter and longer turns and at varying speeds. Another strong skier on the 164, Catherine Ferguson liked the length, and had mostly 4’s on her scorecard as well, with a few 3’s for stability, forgiveness, and edge hold. Catherine notes that the Sheeva 9 is “stiff but playful. Would be great for the eastern pow days. Best for moderately aggressive skiers, and my only real criticism is that I’d like the edge hold to be a bit stronger.” That’s kind of what you’re going to get, though, with a shape and build like this versus a Black Pearl 88 or a Brahma 88.

Nifer Hoehn liked her 172 cm test length, and her scores mostly dipped into the 5-range, with lone 4’s for forgiveness and versatility. The rest were 5’s, and that’s a pretty amazing scorecard. “Really fun ski. Superficially, I really loved the graphics. Really stable throughout the turn and a lot of pep coming out of the turn. This was so much fun to ski on. Light, but not flimsy, and a workhorse that was fun to zip around on. Loved the shape and was able to make nice and easy tight turns as well as GS turns on it. I would definitely recommend this ski to a lot of strong-skiing friends.” Again, the range sticks out to me here, as the ski does have the ability to make both long and short turns at a variety of speeds.

The fun part of skiing is that you get to experience a lot of different sides of the mountain. From different trails to varying aspects, there’s a lot of change on the hill from day to day and hour to hour. A ski like the Blizzard Sheeva 9 has a good grasp on how to handle all of it so you don’t have to think too hard about it. They’re incredibly fun and intuitive, allowing the skier to focus on her line rather than her gear.