Like a caffè Americano, some of these Trenchers cut their hard-snow chops (espresso) with off-piste maneuverability (water). This is definitely a straight shot of caffeine and proud of it. Advanced and expert women looking for a no-joke corduroy slayer should give the Viva 8.0 serious consideration. It thrills with attention-getting initiations followed by damp, smooth, round arcs and a slingshot finish. All that, and its energy is remarkably easy to harness. “I’d take this on any trip where firm snow is in the mix. A real carving masterpiece.”
At 80 mm, the Viva 8.0, which returns unchanged from last year, is the widest ski in the Viva series of frontside cruisers, with just enough width and rocker designed to prevent and aggressive female carver from trenching too deeply in soft snow. Of all the Vivas, it has the most wood in its core construction, for durability and responsiveness. It's also the only Viva sold flat (no binding). The Viva series is the female counterpart of Blizzard's Magnum men's offering of frontside cruisers with moderate waist widths appropriate to everyday East and Midwest conditions. To suit women, the Vivas feature lighter, softer constructions, built for reassuring hard-snow performance, with in most cases grippy, solid vertical sidewalls. Blizzard gives all but one of these frontside cruisers a touch of rocker tip and tail - to ease transitions and absorb shocks - though it's almost imperceptible. Where the Magnum men's models feature full wood cores at the high end, Viva models feature lighter constructions with foam cores reinforced with wood stringers for durability and integrity. Most Viva models are sold as system packages with Marker bindings, with the exception of the flagship 8.0, which is sold flat. All Blizzard skis are built in the company's Mittersill, Austria, factory headquarters, near Kitzbuhel and the Kitzsteinhorn.