Read the Review Transcript: Hunter here just got off the 8.5 Magnum from Blizzard. It's another 5 star ski in the Blizzard line. It skis much different than the 8.0 much more stable, point it down the hill. Feels like a much like a GS ski but with more snap and rebound out of the turn. For your skier that preferrs stability at speed over energy out of the turn this is a great choice again a much different feeling than the 8.0 but still a 5 star ski.