Best Intermediate Ski

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All mountain skis aren’t always about having the power to charge through any obstacle placed in front of you. The Blizzard Rustler 9 suits those who like to make tight, technical turns from the groomers, to the trees. It’s more hard snow oriented than many of the other skis on this list, and by nature of its construction loves to catch and hold a turn. They’re soft and easy under normal conditions, but the most aggressive riders might find themselves overpowering the skis at high speed. 

The core is made of a lightweight wood and synthetic blend reinforced with only a partial titanal plate, making it one of the notably lighter options on this list. It’s a nice counterpoint to Blizzard’s Bonafide series, keeping it stiff underfoot but allowing for plenty of flex on the tips and tails. It’s definitely limited by its design- you can expect chatter at high speeds and issues engaging an edge when conditions are overly icy.

The Rustler 9 is a little bit of a different approach to an all mountain design. It’s arguably frontside oriented just because of how turny it is, but it can still be ridden pretty hard in variable snow. If you want to rip big-mountain style, these probably aren’t the skis for you, but are a great option for beginner to advanced riders looking for a playful ski.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    Very fun and playful take on an all mountain ski
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    Holds up better on hard days than other similar skis
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    One of the best options under $700 USD

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot the most stable at speed
  • check-markYou probably want a powder ski too

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Rustler 9

Specs & Features

  • Wood composite and synthetic blend, partial titanal sheet
  • Full Sidewall Construction
  • Less rocker, more geared for hard snow conditions
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Very fun and playful take on an all mountain ski
  • check-mark
    Holds up better on hard days than other similar skis
  • check-mark
    One of the best options under $700 USD

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNot the most stable at speed
  • check-markYou probably want a powder ski too

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