2021 Blossom Cross Wind

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Even those who are in the know are still somewhat familiar with Blossom and the White Out, the reference ski in the Turbo collection. But for those looking for a bit more off snow versatility and maybe even as the elusive one ski quiver, Blossom offers a 85mm wide White Out called the Cross Wind. The tip and tail dimensions stay basically the same as the White Out, but the waist jumps from 77 to 85 mm underfoot with the tip staying at 131 mm and the tail inching up from 111 to 112 mm. These changes in shape sacrifice some edge to edge quickness for a bit more off-piste performance without the nervousness of a ski with a lot of shape.

Insider tip: This is a bargain-priced alternative to the Stöckli Laser AR.​
 
Who is it for?
A skier who appreciates the quality feel from a fully cambered ski.
Who is it not for?
Those looking for slalom-ski-like performance, this one has a slightly longer turn radius.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
Frontside, All Mountain
Ski attributes
Groomers, Moguls, Trees
Segment
Men

Specifications

HighFives
Available sizes
166, 172, 178, 184
Dimensions
131-85-112
Rocker profile
Full camber
Construction design
New graphics only
Binding options
Flat, System
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Philpug

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Long Term Update: I had a chance to spend some time on Cross Wind at Mammoth and where I originally said the Cross Wind was an 85mm version of Tail Wind or a bargain Laser AX, I need recant these thoughts, the Cross Wind is more a bargain priced Stormrider 88 (or even MX 84). I have asked why Blossom didn't offer a 88-90mm ski, well while Cross Wind measures 85 mm under foot, this skis much more like an 88mm ski. The 18 meter radius in the 178cm length really feels true to measure with the Cross Wind. The ski was stable and sublimely smooth in Mammoth's mixed conditions.
 

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11/16/20 Update: I had a chance to spend some time on Cross Wind at Mammoth and where I originally said the Cross Wind was an 85mm version of Tail Wind or a bargain Laser AX, I need recant these thoughts, the Cross Wind is more a bargain priced Stormrider 88 (or even MX 84). I have asked why Blossom didn't offer a 88-90mm ski, well while Cross Wind measures 85 mm under foot, this skis much more like an 88mm ski. The 18 meter radius in the 178cm length really feels true to measure with the Cross Wind. The ski was stable and sublimely smooth in Mammoth's mixed conditions.
Do you think this is a good option for a frontside-oriented Tahoe ski? Obviously not on powder days, but outside of that?
 

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Do you think this is a good option for a frontside-oriented Tahoe ski? Obviously not on powder days, but outside of that?
If you are thinking a mid to upper 80mm ski, yup.
 

Dougb

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If you are thinking a mid to upper 80mm ski, yup.
Thanks for the quick response. I'm thinking I need to replace my ~95-100 ski and I am trying to stretch here. Probably need to stick to the larger size up for more utility.
 
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Andy Mink

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Long Term Update: I skied these for several runs today at Mt. Rose. Super nice skis. Very smooth and silky over the snow. Hold a good edge but don't demand that you carve every turn. These would be a great frontside Tahoe ski.
 

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