2023 Blizzard Sheeva 10 Review
A no-nonsense ski for ladies who don’t shy away from big mountain lines
This article was first published by SkiMag.com.
The Scores (out of 10)
- Overall Score: 7.4/10
- Rank: #4
- Versatility: 7.83
- Crud Performance: 7.17
- Flotation: 7.33
- Playfulness: 7.5
- Responsiveness: 7.67
- Quickness: 7.33
- Hard-Snow Integrity: 7.33
- Stability at Speed: 7.67
- Forgiveness: 6.67
- Price: $700
- Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180
- Dimensions: 131.5-102-121.5
- Radius: 14.5 (172cm)
- Weight: 1,850 g
- Level: Advanced, Expert
In a Nutshell
- Pros: Versatility (#2), Responsiveness (#3)
- Cons: Forgiveness (#7), Crud Performance (#7)
Unchanged from last year (except for the graphics), the Blizzard Sheeva 10 once again ranked at the top of the women’s All-Mountain Wide category. Testers’ general consensus was that, despite its wider waist, the Sheeva 10 shines on the hardpack due to its responsiveness and energy, but they were equally impressed by its off-piste abilities.
Blizzard’s Carbon Flipcore Dynamic Release Technology (D.R.T) creates a decently deep, natural rocker for the Sheeva. This is achieved by waiting to mold the ski until it’s in its final rockered shape. Thus, there’s no need to artificially alter the shape of the already-rockered ski. According to Blizzard, the result is a natural flex, even pressure distribution throughout the ski, and excellent stability.
Testers were indeed impressed with this ski’s balance of energy and stability, something they traced to the tip and tail feeling playful and soft while the area underfoot feels stiff and stable. They found that the Sheeva 10 has a lot of energy to give, particularly on hardpack where you can really feel this ski bend against firm snow. Testers also commented on how balanced the Sheeva 10 felt in gnarly crud. “It’s just so easy to stay balanced on these skis,” reported longtime SKI gear tester Tracy Gibbons. “Super consistent feel when conditions were less than perfect.”
Testers loved the Sheeva 10 off-piste, too. Its turning radius of 16 meters in the 172cm length is a nice middle ground for most skiers, regardless of style, and makes it maneuverable even in tight terrain like bumps.
The Sheeva 10 clocks in at a pretty average weight in comparison to the rest of the skis in the category, though most testers said it felt burly to them (which we can likely attribute to its stiff construction). While advanced testers loved how controlled and easy-to-turn the ski felt on the hardpack, others argued it would be a bit much for beginners. “It works all over the mountain, but is a bit heavy if you’re not a strong legged skier,” said tester and SKI Editor in Chief Sierra Shafer. “You have to be pretty on top of it, but it goes where you lead.”
Tester Courtney Harkins, a former ski racer based in Park City, agreed. “This ski nuked if you could get it enough speed on a big enough run,” she said. “If you tweedled it down the side, it’d ski you. But once you get it moving, it has a ton of energy and movement.”
It’s not the most forgiving ski in the category, especially for beginners. But if you’re an intermediate ready to level up and wanting to be more aggressive, the Sheeva 10 will show you what it takes—you just have to be ready to work for it. Bonus (if you care about this sort of thing): The new top sheet is a gorgeous gradient reminiscent of the northern lights.
Kelly Klein is an associate gear editor specializing in skis and bikes. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.