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Blizzard skis, in my experience, have a reputation for charging. Models such as the Bonafide and the Rustler are snow plows that give skiers the most return when they’re pointed directly downhill.

This season’s impressive lineup of Blizzard skis features several new reconceptualized offerings of old favorites that open up exciting possibilities for skiers across the board. From frontside rippers to serious freeride machines, Blizzard has a ski for every skier.

Our in-depth review of the top 10 ski options from Blizzard is followed by the story of the company in brief. It’s a good story.

To see how our top picks from Blizzard stack up compared to the rest of the competition, check out our best all-mountain ski page.

Otherwise, we present today’s top 10 skis by Blizzard:

Blizzard has a couple of legendary skis, and the Brahma, while not foremost amongst them, is one of the more popular frontside skis still on the market. And for good reason, with a ride that’s best described as “very flexible yet super damp” there isn’t a skier out there who couldn’t have a good time on the Brahmas.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich compound sidewall
  • True Blend Flipcore Construction
  • Dual Metal Sheets
  • Subtle Rocker Profile
  • 3 Layers of Wood Stringers
  • Carbon Tips and Tails
  • Rounded Tips for Impact Resistance
What we like:
  • A more narrow-waisted take on the all mountain ski
  • In a word “snappy”
  • Bringing fun back to the frontside
What we don’t like:
  • A little bit smaller in the waist than we would normally want from something marketed as an all mountain ski
  • Blizzard may be better off keeping this ski a little lighter and losing the double metal sheets

As far as all-mountain options that are more modest underfoot go, the Brahma is fun and sensible. It might not shine when fresh snow starts to accumulate, but every other day of the year and particularly in the spring, the Brahma 88 is a can’t miss option.

It’s a great resort ski that has a good flex for dealing with crud, while the 2 titanal overlays tie everything together nicely for good power on the edges.

The Black Pearl isn’t just one of Blizzard’s best selling skis, it’s one of the best selling women’s skis in the world. Though similar in shape as the above listed Brahma, the Black Pearl is definitely a standout among Blizzard’s lineup.

To start, it’s one of the more well-rounded skis that we’ve seen, taking full advantage of the proprietary “Trueblend Flipcore” technology coupled with an extra wide titanal plate. The end result is a ski with plenty of flex in the shovels to help eat up variable snow, and some serious torsional rigidity to lay down aggressive turns.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Women Specific Designed Trueblend Flipcore
  • Extra Wide Titanal Plate
  • Carbon Sheeting
  • Carbon and Fiberglass Laminate
What we like:
  • Updated, lighter version of one of the best selling skis in modern history
  • Blizzard’s TrueBlend Flipcore is rigorously engineered with worthwhile results
  • More well-rounded than a lot of skis that Blizzard released
What we don’t like:
  • We would love to see some wider, or other specialty versions of this ski to round out Blizzard’s women’s lineup

The Black Pearl brings the same aggressive downhill mentality that Blizzard is known for, and translates it to a more appropriate size and weight for female skiers. The Black Pearl is a trusted tool that has long-since earned its place as one of the premier women’s skis on the market. Excepting serious powder days, the Black Pearl should be more than enough ski to take you wherever you want to go.

The Bonafide has been a long-trusted tool of aggressive and technically proficient skiers everywhere. It’s not the most forgiving ski, nor the most playful ski. But it strikes a fair balance between a competition ski and something that’s more suitable for recreational level skiers.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • True Blend Flipcore Woodcore
  • High Density Wood Stringers
  • Dual Titanal Layers
  • Carbon Tips with Fiberglass Laminate
  • Rounded Tips for Impact Resistance
  • Minimal Rocker
What we like:
  • A real “single quiver” ski that feels stable in any conditions
  • One of the only skis that can turn a bad day into a good one
  • Feels closer to the older versions of the Bonafide, doubling down on weight and accuracy
  • Rides off-piste just as well as it chews up groomers
What we don’t like:
  • One of the heavier skis on the market
  • Expert level ski that demands an expert level skier
  • Not a “fun” ski by itself, very little rocker or pop

The Blizzard Bonafide has been around for just shy of a decade at this point. Though it’s been through several iterations, this most recent model is on the heavier side. Coupled with a shallow rocker, and a fairly large turn radius, the Bonafides can’t be described as “forgiving”. They need some speed to get them to turn, and good form to hook into the snow to do anything beyond slarving.

In a departure from their usual robust and aggressive style of making skis, the Blizzard Rustler 11 is notably softer and more accessible than the other “big” skis that they produce. One of the more notable features is that the waist width increases as the length of the ski increases. But that doesn’t imply any shortcomings on the Rustler’s part- with a couple of Freeride World Tour appearances, the Rustler 11 is a great option for intermediate to expert level skiers looking for a powder-oriented option.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Dynamic Release Technology
  • Tip and Tail Rocker with 2mm of Camber
  • Carbon Flipcore Tips and Tails
  • Fiberglass Laminate
What we like:
  • A “fun” oriented Blizzard ski, that still lives up the moniker
  • Tons of fun to ride and performs reasonable well outside of powder
  • Light enough to be a viable touring option
  • Can be forced into tight turns despite being a long ski
What we don’t like:
  • Still fairly directional compared to other skis in this category
  • Isn’t light enough to not have a very noticeable swing weight

Blizzard describes the Rustler 11 as “the ultimate resort powder ski.” This is quite the tagline, and while I hesitate to call anything the “ultimate”, there’s no denying that the Rustler 11 has earned its reputation. For those interested in something with a little more punch and a true all-mountain mindset, I encourage you to investigate the more modestly waisted Rustler 10.

The whole Rustler series is a well-balanced collection, each tackling different takes on all-mountain skiing. The Rustler 9 might have a similar overall shape to the rest of the series, but it’s built much more for tearing up the frontside and pushing slush around on spring afternoons. In terms of narrower skis that in the all-mountain category, the Rustler 9 offers a playful approach to the aggressive skiing style that Blizzard skis encourage.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Dynamic Release Technology
  • Tip Tail All-Mountain Rocker
  • Carbon Flipcore D.R.T.
  • Partial Titanal Layer
  • Fiberglass Laminate
What we like:
  • Snappy downhill feeling that shines on firmer snow
  • Plenty of rocker for play and off-piste performance
  • Great for connecting hard and short turns
  • In a word, could be described as playful
What we don’t like:
  • Stability doesn’t hold up under high speeds
  • Limited powder performance from its narrow waist
  • Not a very good trick ski for something seemingly freestyle oriented

The Rustler 9 is a little different kind of freeride ski than what you’ll see in the rest of the Blizzard catalog. It’s nimble and playful, more at home on harder snow than it is at peak season pow days. The Rustler 9 is for people looking for a playful frontside ski that turns itself, or a good option for springtime fast laps.

If you were previously familiar with any other Blizzard ski, chances are it was the Cochise. Though its several reconceptualizations, the Cochise has always been known for being a heavy hard-charger that can be ridden in any conditions. It’s the heart and soul of Blizzard’s freeride skis, and this most recent version was created with the intent of getting more people riding the Cochise, without compromising on its burly charging capabilities.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Carbon Flipcore Construction Tips and Tails
  • Dual Titanal Plating
  • Rounded Tips for Durability
  • Fiberglass Laminate
What we like:
  • Deadly downhill precision and powder
  • Feels damp at speed even on bad snow
  • Capable of blasting through anything in its path
  • This version is lighter and has a shorter turn radius to make it more accessible
What we don’t like:
  • Despite considerations to make it more accessible, it’s still too much ski for entry level skiers
  • Weight is good for skis like this, but the Cochise has always been very heavy and this latest version is no exception.

The Cochise is a serious ski, and we’re excited to see it being broadcasted to a wider audience than ever before. The Cochise is a demanding ski despite the efforts Blizzard has made to make it more accessible. That being said, it’s a ski that won’t hold you back, and will return every investment that you make into it.

The Spur is a long-loved and dependable powder ski that is best saved for the deepest days. Skiers in the market for a beloved new set that will never touch the ground will find it a well-suited match, it’s built to float and not much more. The Spur is one of our favorites in the 120+ waisted category, those looking for something with a little bit more everyday skiability should look towards the asymmetrical Spur Concept.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Partial Sidewall
  • Flipcore Construction
  • Carbon Tips and Tails
  • Rocker Camber Rocker
  • Fiberglass Laminate
What we like:
  • Huge powder ski more than capable of ripping big lines
  • Active camber allows for some impressive dynamic turns
  • Stable enough for some reconsolidated snow
What we don’t like:
  • Only a ski you’ll want to ride when the snow is deep
  • Not an entry-level powder ski
  • Not as maneuverable as the Spur Concept

The Spur is a serious ski for seriously deep days. If you need something that you’re only going to break out during the biggest storm cycles than look no further. But, those in the market with something with a little more versatility would have better luck with the Spur Concept or the Rustler 11.

This asymmetrical version of the Spur is the antithesis of everything you’ve come to expect from a Blizzard ski. Between the uncommon shape of the tips and the impressively low weight, it’s definitely out of left field for Blizzard. Though the Spur has always been known as a powder ski, this latest version shifts the focus away from blasting down big mountain slopes, and instead takes a more creative and playful approach to your powder days.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Dynamic Release Technology
  • Rocker/Flat/Rocker
  • Carbon Flipcore D.R.T.
  • Titanal Plating
  • Fiberglass Laminate
  • Asymmetrical Shape
What we like:
  • Great ski for the deepest of days
  • Playful and poppy while skiing fairly soft
  • Super easy ski to ride, anyone with a little bit of background can hop on it and have a good time
  • Light enough to be a deep powder touring ski
What we don’t like:
  • It takes quite the hit on charging capabilities for the weight and the play it offers

The Spur is special in it’s wide accessibility for skiers of all skill levels, which in itself is a major departure from what we’ve come to expect from Blizzard. The Spur Concept is the perfect tool for anyone looking for a dedicated powder ski, it’s not a one-stop-shop for your whole season, but for a large-waisted romper look no further.

Blizzard’s freeride series wasn’t the only thing to get overhauled this season. Their acclaimed touring ski, the Zero G, has also seen a nearly complete redesign much to the benefit of uphill enthusiasts everywhere. The new Zero G is notably lighter than the previous version, and is among the lighter touring skis currently available that still delivers dependably downhill.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Carbon Drive 2.0 Construction
  • Lite Core Woodcore
  • Carbon Plate Reinforcement Under Bindings
What we like:
  • Easy uphill access with dependable downhill results
  • Very lightweight for its size
What we don’t like:
  • May not do quite as well in variable snow as previous versions of the Zero G with the reduced weight

Not all of Blizzards skis are built to blow up the mountain, the Quattro series is for frontside devotees and progressing skiers who want something that will grow with them. This lightweight, carbon piste ski is a forgiving, turnable, option for that feels more like a reliable carver than it does a beginner ski. It’s a perfect option for those coming into their own as skiers, and something that will grow with you as you get your technique dialed.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • IQ Sandwich Compound Partial Sidewall
  • Quattro Technology
  • Partial Titanium Plate
  • 80mm Underfoot
What we like:
  • Piste ski targeted at developing skiers
  • Very easy to turn, without punishing form
  • Can be pushed like a performance ski when you want to
  • Bindings included
What we don’t like:
  • Only for use on-piste
  • Expert level skiers will quickly want something with more power

This lighter carbon-enhanced version of the Quattro has an edge on the rest of the series because it’s a little lighter, and for the vibration dampening qualities of its construction. For piste skiers looking for a little more driving power, check out the Firebird or one of the full Ti versions of the Quattro.

The Firebird is Blizzard’s professional-grade race series, and the HRC is the fan favorite out of the line. It’s Blizzard’s attempt to bring some liveliness back into piste skiing, the HRC achieves this through a fast-yet forgiving feel while headed downhill. You can feel the force beneath your feet, without having to worry about being eaten alive like with comparable race options.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • Racing Construction C-Armor
  • C-Spine Core
  • FDT Race Plate Pro
  • Full Camber
  • 76mm Underfoot
What we like:
  • Aggressive GS style ski with a more forgiving side
  • Still skiable on soft snow
  • Absolute rocketship when you reach the hardpack
  • Bindings included
What we don’t like:
  • Doesn’t have an all-mountain applicability
  • Expensive for a one-trick pony, even with the bindings included

Whether you’re looking for something to give you the edge in your casual league, or simply enjoy making the kinds of turns that the Firebird likes to make, Blizzard has delivered on one of the more reasonable recreational racers currently available. For a less-aggressive version of a frontside ski, the Quattro line also has some interesting options.

A Quick History of Blizzard Skis

Blizzard officially came into existence in 1953, but the first skis that would later become Blizzards were made by Anton Arnsteiner in 1945. Shortly after their official incorporation, Blizzard forever changed the ski world with the first factory-produced polyetheramine bases. They went on to be early adopters of modern materials such as metal and fiberglass in their manufacturing.

Still based in Austria–like Atomic–Blizzard has solidified themselves within the race circuits with numerous podium appearances throughout the decades. More recently Blizzard has earned themselves a win at the Freeride World Tour in 2014, and their first ever Olympic gold in the slalom.

Blizzard as a corporation, like so many of these major ski manufacturers, is in the odd position of having changed hands many times over, while retaining a slice of the ethic and culture that they were inspired by. Currently Blizzard is owned entirely by the Technica Group, the parent company of the eponymous boot manufacturer.

Blizzard Ski Tech

No two skis are built the same, and no two ski companies tackle common issues on the slopes in the exact same way. Blizzard skis are packed full of their proprietary technology, here we’ll dig a little deeper into what all of those words under their tech specs actually mean.

Sandwich Compound Sidewall

Most Blizzard skis are made with a “Sandwich Compound Sidewall”. This is Blizzard’s in-house language for a full ABS sidewall, backed up by a strip of titanal reinforcement for extra longitudinal rigidity. ABS sidewalls like those featured in Blizzard skis are, as a whole, further proof of the care and craftsmanship that goes into their production. Skis with this style of construction are more durable, and have notable performance benefits.

Carbon Flipcore

During the process of production, most blizzard skis have optimally placed pockets of carbon included in their bases. This manufacturing choice not only saves weight, but adds to the dampening properties of the ski. These elements of design also help add some shape to the rocker in the tips and tails of Blizzard skis.

Dynamic Release Technology

Dynamic Release Technology is featured in all of Blizzard’s rockered skis. It’s a method of combining a specifically shaped strip of titanal plating near the tips and tails of the ski, with the dampening aspects of Blizzard’s Carbon Flipcore.

Skis built with Dynamic Release Technology are easier to twist the nearer you move towards either end. The end result is a turn that is much easier to release or smear, and a damper, more stable ride than you would expect from skis with so much rocker.

Quattro Technology

Blizzard’s Quattro line is developed around the concept of skiability. Their piste-skis built with this technology are designed around 4 concepts- agility, stability, precision and control. Quattro skis are designed with burgeoning skiers in mind and are shaped for optimal control while you’re headed down the slopes.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Völkl Skis

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    Are Blizzard skis any good?

    Blizzard has been a long time big name in the industry, and they have earned enough titles across multiple ski disciplines to earn their extended stay. Blizzard’s reputation is mainly for their hard-charging skis most tailored to skilled skiers who want to dominate the mountain. But they also make a wide selection of playful powder skis, dedicated frontside skis, and a few other varieties.

    To see how Blizzard stacks up against the competition, check out our best all-mountain skis article from this season’s top picks. For more on Blizzard, see our best of brand page to see model-to-model comparisons.

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    Where are Blizzard skis made?

    Blizzard, despite changing hands several times throughout the course of the decades, still does all of its manufacturing just outside of the Austrian Alps. Nordica skis are also produced in this factory. The Mittersill factory is nearly as legendary as the skis that it’s produced.

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    How to pronounce Blizzard skis?

    Blizzard’s brand name doesn’t have any tricks in its pronunciation, it’s just like the snowstorm. Despite what you’ll hear people tossing around base areas it’s definitely not pronounced with a hard “-ard” like “chard.”

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    What is the best ski company?

    You can always count on some brands to consistently deliver on exciting new skis on a season-to-season basis. Who makes the best overall ski will vary, and brands have their particular followings within different disciplines. To see what our favorites are across the industry, be sure to check out our top ten all mountain skis list. Otherwise, here are some brands that have built a name for themselves in the modern ski industry.

    Best Ski Brands

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