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Blizzard Sheeva 10 Review

While it's fun in fresh snow and better than expected on-piste, this ski doesn't stack up against the review's tough competition
blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review
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Price:  $650 List | $519.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid powder performer, better on hardpack than expected, stable underfoot
Cons:  Not great in crud, tip flap, not stable along the whole length of the ski
Manufacturer:   Blizzard
By Renee McCormack ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 6, 2022
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  • Stability at Speed - 20% 6.0
  • Carving Ability - 20% 6.0
  • Powder Performance - 20% 7.0
  • Crud Performance - 20% 5.0
  • Terrain Playfulness - 15% 5.0
  • Bumps - 5% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Blizzard Sheeva 10 does a wide variety of things with a degree of competency but doesn't necessarily stand out as an exceptional ski. Our expectations were also perhaps too high for this ski: One tester is a little obsessed with her pair of Black Pearl 88's, and she imagined the Sheeva 10 would be similar but fatter and better in powder. Unfortunately, this is not nearly as dependable as a versatile all-mountain ski. While it does float well in powder, it's not as sensational as we'd hoped from a ski measuring 102 millimeters underfoot. There is also a constant tendency towards tip-flapping that we found problematic.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Blizzard Sheeva 10 on March 6, 2022, with additional information on value and a direct comparison between this ski and similar products.

The latest graphics for the Sheeva 10 are pictured above. This ski's shape and design specifications are the same as the model we tested. Updated: October 2021

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Pros Solid powder performer, better on hardpack than expected, stable underfootCrud blaster, dependable, great one-ski quiver option, good for every ability levelCarving machine, powerful yet accessibleAwesome powder tool, fabulous fun factor even for light skiers, affordable priceGreat stability at high speeds, good on hard snow and crud, more affordable than others
Cons Not great in crud, tip flap, not stable along the whole length of the skiNo wow-factor, not a lot of reboundSinks a little in powder, too beefy for bumpsGets bouncy in crud, slight tip flap, doesn’t carve perfectlyOnly for shallower pow days, needs strong skier to guide them
Bottom Line While it's fun in fresh snow and better than expected on-piste, this ski doesn't stack up against the review's tough competitionA great all-rounder ski that we think is the most versatile option for a one-ski quiverAccurate and easy to carve, this ski is a dream on the groomersA fun and responsive toy for powder days, groomer antics, and bumps, with a value-oriented price tagThis model will do great in everything but the deepest powder and is ideal for an aggressive skier
Rating Categories Blizzard Sheeva 10 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Kastle FX96 W - Wom... Elan Ripstick 94 W Faction Dictator 2.0X
Stability at Speed (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Carving Ability (20%)
6.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
8.0
Powder Performance (20%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
9.0
5.0
Crud Performance (20%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
9.0
Terrain Playfulness (15%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Bumps (5%)
4.0
7.0
4.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Blizzard Sheeva 10 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Kastle FX96 W - Wom... Elan Ripstick 94 W Faction Dictator 2.0X
Waist Width 102 mm 98 mm 96 mm 94 mm 96 mm
Sidecut (Tip-Waist-Tail width) 132-102-122 mm 132-98-120 mm 133-96-119 mm 136-94-110 mm 127-96-117 mm
Available Lengths 156, 164, 172, 180 cm 151, 158, 165, 172, 179 cm 156, 164, 172 cm 154, 162, 170, 178 cm 155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187 cm
Length Tested 172 cm 172 cm 172 cm 178 cm 171 cm
Turn Radius 16 m 16.3 m 16 m 18 m 18 m
Camber Profile Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot Progressive rise, dual rise, low camber Rocker tip and tail, cambered inside edge, Amphibio tech Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot
Weight Per Pair 7.0 lbs 8.1 lbs 8.0 lbs 7.4 lbs 7.9 lbs
Construction Type Sandwich compound sidewall Energy Ti W Powerzone, sandwich-sidewall construction SST sidewall Sandwich
Core Material Poplar, beech, balsa, paulownia Performance Wood & Metal Paulownia, beech, poplar Tubelite wood Paulownia & Poplar
Ability Level Advanced-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Advanced-Expert

Our Analysis and Test Results

We felt that Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore DRT technology, which attempts to strengthen the area of the ski underfoot while "reducing the torsional strength of the tip and tail," had pretty much exactly that effect. The part of the ski under our foot felt quite solid and stable, but the lightened tips and tails (done in hopes of better powder flotation and greater ease of turning) felt insecure. Unfortunately, this ski's buoyancy didn't seem to be enhanced enough to sacrifice stability.

Performance Comparison


blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - this blizzard ski was fun on a powder day, keeping us afloat with...
This Blizzard ski was fun on a powder day, keeping us afloat with its 102-millimeter waist.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Stability at Speed


You can see the tips flapping on the Sheeva 10 from a mile away when you get it moving at higher speeds. However, there is a certain steadiness immediately underneath your feet. Alas, the front third of the ski dancing around like a frog in a blender makes it uncomfortable at very high speeds. The edge hold capabilities are in the middle of our test group.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - we felt and saw the tips of the sheeva flapping wildly when we...
We felt and saw the tips of the Sheeva flapping wildly when we pushed the speed, but its edge-hold underfoot on hard-pack was decent.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Carving Ability


Once again, the stability the Sheeva 10 displays underfoot make it fun for carving, if you can ignore the flappity-flop of the tips. It skis a little shorter than many others in our test and also feels surprisingly quick for its large size. The edge-to-edge agility is impressive for something as wide as 102mm underfoot. The 16m turn radius is unusual for a ski of this width, and it provides a zippy carve when laid on edge.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - the center of the ski, under foot, likes to hold the edge and carve...
The center of the ski, under foot, likes to hold the edge and carve, but the tips and tails get a little loosey goosey.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Powder Performance


The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is a floaty, fun ski in the powder, but it didn't blow us away in this metric as we'd hoped from a fat ski. "It did the job," said one tester but didn't do it spectacularly. This ski was solid and reliable in the fresh snow but didn't inspire us to stick with this model until the last chair.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - the wide 102mm waist plus rockered tips and tails help the sheeva...
The wide 102mm waist plus rockered tips and tails help the Sheeva stay on top of deep snow.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Crud Performance


We'd had hopes that the Sheeva 10 would be a goddess powerful enough to bulldoze the chop, but in fact, it gave us a pretty bouncy ride and felt very limp and feeble towards the front of the ski.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - the big tips tend to get deflected in the choppy snow, and they...
The big tips tend to get deflected in the choppy snow, and they don't feel strong enough to push the chunks out of their way.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Terrain Playfulness


While the Sheeva 10 is more playful than expected from such a bulky shape, we still didn't find the responsiveness and rebound we were looking for in this ski.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - powder is where this ski has the most fun.
Powder is where this ski has the most fun.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Bumps


The strength this ski provides underfoot makes it ski fairly well in the bumps, despite its behemoth form. It is more spry than anticipated from its size and can move rapidly through the moguls when prodded.

blizzard sheeva 10 all mountain skis women review - while we got a kick out of the sheeva in fresh snow, it wasn't...
While we got a kick out of the Sheeva in fresh snow, it wasn't versatile enough to be ranked higher.
Credit: Nate Greenberg

Should You Buy the Sheeva 10?


The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is simply unremarkable. Even if you are exclusively a powder skier, this ski does not perform well enough across the board to justify it as a versatile, all-mountain option. There are certainly higher-scoring skis at a similar price point that will likely suit most skiers a bit better.

What Other Women's All-Mountain Skis Should You Consider?


The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is a jack of all trades but master of none. Although it was fun in fresh snow, the Elan Ripstick 94 W is a better powder ski. If you are looking for a playful ski to hop in and out of moguls, the Icelantic Riveter 95 is much more fun. If you'd rather have a stable, front-side carver, our top pick is the Volkl Secret 96. And of course, one cannot go wrong with the Nordica Santa Ana 98, a solid crud-buster and overall the best-performing ski in our review.

Renee McCormack
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