Thanks to Big Sky’s vast and variable terrain, I skied the Blizzard Rustler 10 on groomers, moguls, hardpack chutes, classic Big Sky chalk, and classic Big Sky rocks.
When I tell people I have skied on 75 pairs of different skis this year, the obvious response is, “What was your favorite?” Without question, I decided the Blizzard Rustler series to be the leader of the pack.
Having never skied any Blizzard ski in the past, I had no expectations or preconceptions of the brand before taking out the Rustler 10. What I found was my dream ski. A thinner sheet of titanium alloy (titanal) lays edge-to-edge underfoot, tapering out between the binding and tips. Like most skis with metal, the Rustler 10 is torsionally rigid on edge and stable at 60 mph though chopped snow. But the tapered shape and thickness of the titanal is what sets this ski apart, making it more playful, somewhat forgiving, and just plain fun.
I love to charge and faster than you but I still need a playful ski to keep a smile on my face. This is why the Rustler 10 has my dream flex pattern; stiff enough to pass my speed test (center punch a mogul field), but soft enough to pop an ollie.
Aside from flex, the 17.5-meter turning radius lets me dart around between tight trees, and still channel my racing background on the groomers. I had no problem letting these Blizzard skis slash to burn speed, and they stayed strong at high speed carves. —Spencer Harkins