Advanced+ level all-mountain skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
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"A good frontside all-mountain ski is an agressive carver to lay trenches on the groomers and should also be able to handle bumps, skied of pistes and up to 10cm of fresh snow. A combination of a sportive character and comfort."
The Scott Black Majic is quite easy to ski in less than perfect snow circumstances. When the pistes are ruined, the Black Majic still carves effortlessly through and over everything. In tracked deeper snow the ride remains stable and comfortable. The 3 dimension sidecut might have something to do with that. In short it means a short radius in tip and tail for easy turn initiation and release and a long radius in the middle part of the ski to increase stability and edge hold. And I think it works. In bad circumstances that is. Because on perfect groomers the carving performance falls short of what you could expect from a 78mm wide underfoot frontside all-mountain ski. The very flexible tip, which is so nice in bumpy conditions, starts flapping about when you're skiing fast. And that's why I can give it only a 3 star rating.
Who is this ski for?
Seeing the pro's and con's of the Scott Black Majic, I would think that intermediate skiers as a whole will love it, because it's so easy to ski and so forgiving. Also advanced skiers who don't like high speed skiing, but do like a ski that has effortless control and comfort in all possible snow conditions will like the Black Majic. That way they know for sure that they will come down the mountain whatever the piste looks like.
Scott about the Black Majic
"The award winning SCOTT Black Majic is back for a second season, delivering ultimate performance with an elliptic titanal sandwich construction and exceptional torsional stiffness. The combination of SCOTT’s unique 3Dimension Sidecut and a full ski-length wood core guarantees unmatched precision and versatility. Inspired by The Ski, Black Majic attacks the front side of the mountain.", says Scott. I agree on the versatility, not on the unmatched precision. Therefore the tip of the ski is way too flexible.