The Blizzard Bodacious is back for 2016 and unchanged since last years redesign of the tip and tail. The Bodacious has a carbon flipcore construction that helps to reduce the swing weight while still retaining the hard-charging feel of the old Bodacious. This was my first time on the Bodacious so I can’t comment on how different it really feels from Bodacious of the past. Both Brian and I felt that this was a lot of ski (Even in the 185cm), and definitely geared towards bigger, more aggressive skiers that want to ski fast and straight. We feel this ski will be most at home on big AK type lines, and not recommended for those who want to make quick tight radius turns or ski at slower speeds. Big skiers will probably love it, and smaller guys will probably find it to be a lot of ski.
Blizzard Bodacious On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Size: 185 cm
Riders: Brian and Matt
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Bumps, Tracked Out
Ski Personality: The Blizzard Bodacious is a big ski. It’s powerful, stable, and loves long radius arcs. I think it would be best described as a big mountain charger that is wide enough to have some fun in the powder. Just don’ expect a very playful ride.
On the Snow Feel: Stable. We found this ski likes to run, and although it was actually surprisingly responsive, it’s not a ski that likes tight radius turns and slow speeds. This ski wants to be on edge and run straight and fast.
Powder: Sure, you could classify the Bodacious as a powder ski, but don’t confuse it with a playful and surfy ski that wants to slash every turn. Even with a flat camber underfoot, the ski never seemed to really want to smear, and we found it so much more fun to just let them run. I think this could be a fantastic powder ski for big AK type lines. You know, those runs you see on ski films where you have 4000 feet of vertical and un-tracked powder, and the skier just points it and runs (Maybe leave this to the experts though). On the other hand, this ski would be a lot of work on runs where you can’t pick up any speed. So don’t expect to hit the green or blue runs on a deep powder day at the resort and feel like you’ll just cut through without working. Bottom line, the Bodacious has the waist width and rocker/camber profile to float in powder and be fun in the deep snow. Just don’t expect a super easy and playful ride, especially at slower speeds.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I was actually pretty surprised at how responsive the Blizzard Bodacious felt. Maybe it’s the carbon flipcore, but it seemed simple enough to get the ski on edge Now, again don’t confuse this ski with some light-weight carver that wants to turn on a dime. The ski still wants to run straight and fast, and trying to get it to make shorter radius turns is a lot of work. Still, when I went to tip the ski onto it’s edges it would respond fairly well. On edge, the ski is solid and stable, and I felt a lot of power in the ski. Still, turns weren’t very energetic. The ski doesn’t throw you from edge to edge. This definitely wasn’t surprising given its large radius (27m), and propensity to want to run. That doesn’t mean that the ride wasn’t fun or exciting. It just means that it’s going to cater more to powerful skiers that want to ski fast, than it will to those who want to make a lot of turns.
Speed: Ok, all this talk about the Blizzard Bodacious wanting to run means it better hold up at speed, and it certainly does. The ski is powerful and stable, and I think it could make some pretty big verticals feel pretty small. I never had a chance to really open it up, but the few times I pointed the ski and went I never hesitated or slowed down. Last season the ski was made slightly softer (15%), and maybe even slightly more forgiving. Again, I haven’t skied the original Bodacious and can’t compare to the feel of the old Bodacious, but this ski still feels damp. Smaller skiers will probably prefer the new version to the old, but this is still a big ski. Like I mentioned above, I was surprised at how responsive the ski was, and that it wasn’t overly difficult to get on edge, but the ski definitely wants speed to get up on a high edge angle and hold.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I think this is an area where the Blizzard Bodacious really excels, but it does take a strong skier. The Bodacious is stable and damp enough to blast through or over roughed up variable snow, but doing it at speed requires a strong skier in order to keep yourself under control. On several runs I opened it up at the top and carried a lot of speed into tracked out snow at the bottom. The ski smoothed out the terrain beautifully, but hitting bigger bumps and thick chopped up snow required soft knees and strong legs. Since the Bodacious doesn’t like short radius turns, it can be hard to change direction quickly if you get in trouble. I had no problem letting them run through chop, but if I encountered anything that required me to turn quickly, I could be in trouble quickly.
Bottom Line: I really like Blizzards freeride line, but they are definitely not skis for everyone. The Bodacious is a big ski, and even though it’s not necessarily overly demanding, it does require a strong skier. The 185cm is about as big as I would want in this type of ski, and I really couldn’t see using it every day. I think this is a fantastic ski for rounding out a quiver that may already include your carver, your all-mountain skis, and your powder skis. Yes, you could classify this is a powder ski, but I think it’s best suited to big mountains and variable terrain. I really think that big, strong skiers will love this for the days they going to spend the majority of time in deep snow or roughed up variable terrain, and want to cover a lot of vert in a short amount of time.
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