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The Blizzard Bonafide has a cult following in the ski world, and a reputation as one of the top “heavy-hitter” options out there. Dedicated Bonafide riders love the stability, power, and ruggedness of the ski. They’re a great every day ski, but what makes the Bonafide line stand out is their ability to eat moguls, bounce off of rocks, and absolutely smash through variable front side conditions.

This year the Bonafide line is seeing a major update that seeks to soften their hard reputation. The ski has seen a complete overhaul in design, but most prominently now incorporates a 2-wood blended core. That reflects some struggles in the past for skiers who had to break in the older models; otherwise, they were pretty stiff and had a mind of their own the first few days.

The Blizzard Bonafide can still be ridden as hard as before, but the new design makes engaging an edge on those high-speed turns a little easier. It’s still a ski built for the most demanding riders, and one that promises a good return on the effort it takes to pilot.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Tough ski built solid enough for the most demanding frontside conditions
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    Updated design makes it much more accessible for less-advanced skiers
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    A real “single quiver” ski that feels stable in any conditions
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    Rides off-piste just as well as it chews up groomers

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markStill a demanding ski to use
  • check-markDoesn’t perform as well in deep snow or off-piste
  • check-markOne of the heavier skis on the market

Where to buy:

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Bonafide 97

Specs & Features

  • Blended Wood Core with Two Titanium Sheets
  • Sandwich Compound SidewallSandwich Compound Sidewall
  • High Density Wood Stringers
  • All Mountain Rocker with more Traditional Camber
  • Dual Titanal Layers
  • Carbon Tips with Fiberglass Laminate
  • Rounded Tips for Impact Resistance
  • Minimal Rocker
  • 97mm waist
  • Sizes range from 171-189cm
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Tough ski built solid enough for the most demanding frontside conditions
  • check-mark
    Updated design makes it much more accessible for less-advanced skiers
  • check-mark
    A real “single quiver” ski that feels stable in any conditions
  • check-mark
    Rides off-piste just as well as it chews up groomers

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markStill a demanding ski to use
  • check-markDoesn’t perform as well in deep snow or off-piste
  • check-markOne of the heavier skis on the market

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