The Blizzard Peacemaker is back for 2016 with a new graphic. The Peacemaker is still is a versatile all-mountain freestyle ski that allows you to jump, jib, carve, and surf down the mountain. The Blizzard Peacemaker is great for the skier who loves to play in the park, but wants the ability to take that same style to the rest of the mountain.
2016 Blizzard Peacemaker On Mountain Video Ski Review (Sorry for the wind noise)
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Ski Personality: The Peacemaker is a playful all-mountain freestyle ski that offers some solid stability.
On the Snow Feel: The Blizzard Peacemaker has a pretty significant amount of rocker in the tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot. When flat, the Peacemaker is quite loose and playful, but doesn’t have the same unstable feeling of a full reverse camber ski. Get the Peacemaker on edge, and the traditional camber and relatively stiff flex allows for a stable ride.
Powder: At 104mm underfoot, the Blizzard Peacemaker isn’t going to be your ski for just skiing pow, but with a significant amount of rocker in the tip and tail, the Peacemaker floats pretty well. In the soft snow (5”-10”) the Peacemaker was super fun. It has enough tip and tail rocker to feel surfy and playful, but never so much that it felt loose and unstable. In the deeper snow (12+”) I felt that I had to lean back to keep the tips from diving too much, really making the Peacemaker more at home in the soft, but not too deep, snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: With a significant amount of tip and tail rocker, the Peacemaker is quite maneuverable and easy to pivot at slow speeds, and at 104mm underfoot it’s not a chore to get the ski on edge. The stiffer flex does make this ski a bit less forgiving, and it does take a little bit more effort to get the ski on edge, although it’s still not challenging. Turn initiation is smooth, and once on edge the Peacemaker has a decent amount of pop. It’s not a powerful snap from edge to edge like a more front-side oriented ski, but rather a lively yet smooth transition.
Speed: The Blizzard Peacemaker lacks the metal found in Blizzards Cochise and Bonafide and as a result has a much lower speed limit. However, the Peacemaker is a little more burly than the K2 Shreditor 102, or the Nordica Soul Rider (both of which are in the same category of skis), and as a result offer a slightly higher top end.
Uneven Terrain: Again, the Peacemaker lacks the same terrain crushing ability of the Cochise, but for a ski with a softer flex and narrower base, the Peacemaker provides a pretty stable ride in the crud and chopped up conditions. In the soft snow, the Peacemaker was exceptionally fun, allowing me to either crush through to chop or bounce and jump off of the small piles. But, when the chop was deeper or harder, the Peacemaker was much more inclined to throw me around.
Moguls: The Blizzard Peacemaker has a pretty steep rise in the tip and tail, helping to keep the ski maneuverable and easy to pivot, and if you like skidding turns through moguls, the Peacemaker is great. However, the Peacemaker is also a bit harder to get on edge and a bit sluggish from edge to edge. I think people will like the forgiving nature of the Peacemaker in the moguls, but there are quicker skis out there if that’s all you plan on skiing.
Edge Hold: The significant rise of the tip and tail reduces the overall effective edge of the Peacemaker. I will say that despite this the Peacemaker has a pretty decent edge hold. On soft snow the peacemaker was fun, and really solid, but as the snow hardened the edge just felt a bit short.
Flex: For an all-mountain freestyle ski the Blizzard Peacemaker was actually relatively stiff. This allowed the ski to be better in the variable snow, but still playful enough if you wanted to butter and job around the mountain.
Switch: The peacemaker is a true twin that was quite comfortable riding switch.
Jumps and Park: The Blizzard Peacemaker felt slightly stiff and slightly heavy, but was still really fun for park jumps, or backcountry booters. The flex still allowed for buttering and nose presses as well, but there are easier skis out there.
The Blizzard Peacemaker is a great all-mountain freestyle ski. It’s has that playful freestyle attitude you’d expect, but it offers more stability, and dampness than you would expect for a freestyle ski. This is a great option for those who like to jib and jump all over the mountain, but want a stable and damp ride for when conditions aren’t the best.