The Blizzard Brahma is back for 2016 with updated graphics. It has the same construction as last season, and remains a fantastic all-mountain frontside ski. The Blizzard Brahma the smaller brother of the Bonafide. While there is some truth to this there are a few key differences. The Blizzard Brahma is a lot more front-side oriented than the Bonafide. It’s a great hard snow ski that likes GS style turns and going fast on the mountain. The Brahma is also surprisingly quick and quite fun in short radius turns. At 88mm underfoot, it’s not going to be a great off piste ski. It will get you through the powder when you need to, but you just won’t get a lot of float out of this ski. It does a decent job in the crud, but it’s not as burly as the Bonafide. This ski is best for those who want to ski fast on the groomers and spend the majority of their time on the frontside.
2016 Blizzard Brahma On Mountain Video Ski Review
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
Ski Personality: The Brahma is an exciting carver that still feels super smooth and stable. This is one of the most versatile all-mountain frontside skis for the east coasters.
On the Snow Feel: The Blizzard Brahma is a stable and sturdy ski that makes you feel confident anywhere on the frontside of the mountain. A small amount of rocker in the tip and tail gives the ski a little bit of maneuverability in the softer snow, but it doesn’t have that loose or surfy feel you get with wider rockered skis.
Powder: The Blizzard Brahma has a small amount of rocker in the tip and tail, but at 88mm underfoot it’s just not going to have the float of a wider ski. That’s not to say you can’t take the Brahma in the powder. Just don’t expect it to float like the wider all mountain skis. Off trail, the Brahma gives you a bit of versatility, but again the wider all-mountain skis will perform better here.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Blizzard Brahma is a solid ski that is built for edge hold, dampness at speed, and stability all over the mountain. Many times skis with this construction can be tough to get on edge. The Brahma, however, offers just enough tip rocker to aid in turn initiation. It’s still not a super forgiving ski. I would look to the Rossignol Experience 88 if your wanting a ski that’s more forgiving, but it’s also not super hard to get the Brahma on edge. Because of the stiff construction it takes a bit of work to really get the ski to flex, but if you do you will be rewarded with a powerful rebound. The Brahma has a radius of 19m, and the ski was fun and poppy in short to medium radius turns, but it was also very at home making GS style turns down the mountain.
Speed: The Blizzard Brahma has a poplar, bamboo, and paulownia wood core with two sheets of titanal. This allows the Brahma to be snappy and lively, while still being really damp. The stiff construction is noticeable when skiing fast on the smooth and roughed up groomers. At speed, the Brahma is damp and stable, inspiring confidence to go as fast as you’d like.
Uneven Terrain: On the soft chop or rough groomers the Blizzard Brahma was quite stable and damp. As things firmed up, I still found the Brahma to be capable of handling the uneven terrain. The Brahma really smooths out the ride, and carving turns in less than ideal conditions was still fun and confidence inspiring. I still really like the wider Cochise for the uneven conditions, as it’s more powerful with its wide base, but also slightly more playful. The Brahma does a great job, though, and if your intending on speeding down groomers more often than playing off piste, the Brahma is a much better choice than the Cochise.
Moguls: For aggressive skiers with good technique, the Brahma is a great choice. It’s stiff and unforgiving, but it’s maneuverable and quick. I still prefer a much softer and more maneuverable ski, but if you’re the skier that likes a stiff ski for moguls, the Brahma is a great choice.
Edge Hold: On anything from soft to hard snow, the Brahma held very well. On hard steeps, the brahma lost a bit of edge hold, and there was very little on the ice.
Flex: The tip of the Brahma is stiff and the tails are very stiff.
Switch: Blizzard calls it rocker/camber/rocker, but the tail is just slightly upturned. This makes the Brahma much happier going forward.
The Blizzard Brahma is a great ski at speed, and does a good job in the variable terrain. It’s a great ski for those who spend the majority of their time on the frontside groomers, and like to make GS style turns at high speeds. The Blizzard Brahma is also quite powerful in short to medium radius turns, but does require you to be a bit more on your game. If you’re looking for a similar ski that is more forgiving (and better for beginner or intermediate skiers) I would look into the Rossignol Experience 88. For those who want a more versatile all mountain ski for the soft snow and crud, I would look into the Blizard Bonafide, or Blizzard Cochise, or the Volkl Mantra or Rossignol Experience 100.