Blizzard Bonafide 97 – Test 2022

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BEST FOR: Those who like a western daily driver to ski fast and on edge.

Blizzard Bonafide Test 22

This is the epitome of a metal laminate ski: damp, powerful and precise. If you’ve got the strength and technique, this ski will deliver “a true performance ride,” said Steve Acciaroli. If you don’t, it will just take you for a ride. The reason is the construction. It has a unique core of narrow strips of poplar and beech wood, carefully positioned to tune the flex and stiffness of the ski. Sandwiched on either side of this heavy, stiff ski are sheets of Titanal, and there’s carbon at the tip and tail. That’s great for charging through crud, edging on firm snow and skiing the steeps. The faster we went and the more consequential the terrain, the more dependable it felt. But for lighter testers, it demanded a lot of energy. “I love it, but only for a couple of runs,” said Chris Grover. A great choice for technically proficient skiers, especially in drier areas, where its firm-snow performance will shine between dumps.

LENGTHS:             165, 171, 177, 183, 189

DIMENSIONS:        136/97/118 @ 177

RADIUS:               17 @ 177


OTHER MODELS: Cochise 106, Brahma 88, Brahma 82

from Buyer’s Guide 2022 issue

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Ryan Stuart
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