winner: best in test
Our testers aren’t engineers, they’re skiers. But one bit of engineering they universally adore—often unknowingly—is when a manufacturer strips excess weight from the tip and tail of the ski, reducing swing weight. With the Bonafide, Blizzard took a proven rockered shape and damp wood core, and added weight-saving tapered carbon fiber tips and tails. That upgrade took an overly demanding ski and made it easier to sluff in and out of turns off-trail—without sacrificing Blizzard’s characteristic power beneath your feet. On the test hill, the original Bonafide was always a fun ski to arc into longer radius turns on groomed snow. But now we take the new iteration off trail from the opening bell. “It’s so balanced and predictable that after one run, it feels like I’ve been skiing it all season,” said a tester.
Swami gripe: It’s not quite fat enough for bottomless powder days, but then you have some fat skis for that—we hope.
Swami like: In the Mountain West, you’d ski the Bonafide 90 percent of the time and never wish you’d hauled a second pair to the area.
Overall: 5.0 Floatation: 4.9 Carving: 4.7 Dimensions: 133/98/118