2015 Blizzard Freeride Collection Ski Review

“The Blizzard Free Mountain collection with proven Flip Core technology continues to dominate the mountain. From the award winning Bonafide to the new Spur powder ski to the lightweight Scout and playful Gunsmoke, you can count on products that are extremely easy to ski while offering incredible performance.

2015 BLIZZARD BONAFIDE SKI:

The darling of ski testers world wide, the Bonafide is back again for 2015. Unbeatable in the 98mm waist category and the most versatile ski in the Freeride line-up, the Bonafide isn’t just a Jack-of-all-Trades, it’s a Master. Whether east coast ice, firm fast groomers, back bowl crud, bumps in Taos, or Sierra cement, this ski will take you there no matter what the conditions. Flipcore construction, two sheets of metal, rocker tip, camber underfoot, and an early rise tail make this ski truly high performance yet easy to ski. Try a pair for yourself and feel the advantage.

SPECS:
Lengths:166, 173, 180, 187 cm.
Sidecut::133-98-118 mm
Radius:21.0(180 cm)
Binding:Flat
Weight::2090g (180cm)

FEATURES:
FLIPCORE
Tip & Tail Rocker
Sidewall

CONSTRUCTION:
Sandwich Compound Sidewall
Poplar-Bamboo-Paulowniea – ISO-Woodcore
Double Ti & Ti Binding Interface

2015 BLIZZARD BODACIOUS SKI:

The brainchild of the late Arne Backstrom and the ski that inspired an underground slogan with Blizzard Bros “tools not toys”, the Bodacious is the ultimate big mountain weapon. Flipcore construction combined with two sheets of titinal make this 118mm waisted weapon extremely versatile for any conditions you will encounter in big terrain. For 2014/15, we made the Bodacious 15% softer which makes it float better creating a better experience in powder, as well as making it even easier to manipulate in variable snow without compromising any stability or power. 3 sizes: Awesome – 176, Awesomer – 186, and The Boss – 196.

SPECS
Lengths:176, 186, 196 cm.
Sidecut::142-118-132 mm
Radius:32.0(186 cm)
Binding:Flat
Weight::2450g (186cm)

FEATURES:
FLIPCORE
Full Rocker
Sidewall

CONSTRUCTION:
Sandwich Compound Sidewall
Poplar-Bamboo-Paulowniea – ISO-Woodcore
Double Ti & Ti Binding Interface

2015 BLIZZARD COCHISE SKI:

The Cochise is the ultimate one ski quiver for someone that is always hunting for soft snow off-piste. This ski really kicked off the Flipcore revolution for Blizzard and is now 15% softer making it exceptionally versatility. At 108 underfoot with a rockered tip and tail and camber underfoot, this ski floats like a waist width wider in softer snow, yet its’ Flipcore construction makes it feel like a waist width narrower in hard and variable snow and makes this ski even snappier and more crisp feeling on the groomers. Chances are you know someone who is obsessed with their Cochise skis. See what you’ve been missing!

SPECS
Lengths:170, 177, 185, 193 cm.
Sidecut::134-108-122 mm
Radius:28.5(185 cm)
Binding:Flat
Weight::2300g (185cm)

FEATURES
FLIPCORE
Full Rocker
Sidewall

CONSTRUCTION
Sandwich Compound Sidewall
Poplar-Bamboo-Paulowniea – ISO-Woodcore
Double Ti & Ti Binding Interface

FLIPRCORE DEFINED:

Blizzard Flipcore is a revolutionary rocker technology. Natural spring, lightweight floatation in powder, while yet retaining excellent stability are the immediate advantages of Blizzard’s new construction. All of this is made possible by matching the core shape and the mold shape which are both produced in the final shape of the ski. The natural rocker shape is produced without having to bend or artificially shape the ski in a press. The end result is a new rockered construction that reaches a new level of stability and even pressure distribution that is unheard of in freeride ski construction.

FEATURES
Exact matching core (NO pressure needed)
Harmonic pressure distribution
Natural flexcurve

BENEFITS
• Extremely easy and smooth handling
• Floating effect, natural rocker
• High speed balance control
• Easy switch “edge to edge”
• Lightweight, less fatigue
• Great edge grip and stability

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