Blizzard Bonafide Skis

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When comparing the Blizzard Bonafide Skis to the Cochise or Bodacious, it might seem to be the "baby-bro" of the three. However, there is nothing juvenile about this immensely well-received ski. The Blizzard Bonafide Ski is the winner of numerous awards, praised for its all-mountain effectiveness, and sells out every year. Coming in at 98 mm underfoot, it is an ideal all mountain ripper for frontside skiers who don't want to limit their options when the pow hits. Unlike the Cochise and Bodacious, the Bonafide sports a generously cambered mid section for ultimate hard snow edging performance, while retaining moderate tip and tail rocker for the occasional powder day.


  • Wood core is constructed like a sandwich with layers of precisely-milled strips reinforcing each other to create a lightweight, snappy ski with smooth and easy handling
  • Sandwich sidewall titanium construction for exceptional edge grip

Lining and Layers:

  • Two Titanium Layers

Traction and Grip:

  • Light camber underfoot assists with grip on hardpack


  • Sidecut 133-98-118 mm
  • Poplar, bamboo, and paulownia core makes the Bonafide light and reactive
  • Blizzard builds the rocker without bending the core, creating a naturally flexing, responsive ski that turns easily, resists high-speed chatter and shreds crud and pow
  • Large sidecut radius
  • 98-millimeter waist
  • 98mm waists require bindings with wide brakes
  • Tip & Tail Rocker profile
  • Radius 21 m (180 cm)
  • Ability level: : Advanced- Professional
  • Slight Cosmetic Blem
  • Sidewalls direct power right to the edges of the skis, resulting in quick side-to-side response
  • 40% On-Piste 60% Off Piste
  • Metal alloy reinforcement
  • A dual titanium laminate increases stiffness during the turn, adding power that aggressive skiers will love
Christy Sports

Blizzard Bonafide Skis – Men’s:  The Bonafide Men’s Ski is the most versatile ski in the Free Mountain line from Blizzard.  Built with Blizzard’s Flip Core Technology this ski reaches unheard of levels of stability in a 98mm wasted ski.  For two years running this has been the top rated ski in the ski tests.  The wood core ski is pressed into its Rockered profile without bending or shaping the ski artificially.  This is a real and noticeable difference in performance when compared to all other Rockered skis.  The Natural Rocker tip and tail with slight camber under foot allows this ski to be versatile whether knifing through hard pack or floating in deep soft POW, this ski will not let you down.  This is the ski for the 1 ski quiver! (2014)
Some say that the Blizzard Bonafide Skis are the little brother to the Cochise and the Bodacious, but have no doubt that there is nothing childish about this pair. They rock a full set of features that enable you to destroy any chunk of the mountain you choose. A 3D Tip-Tail Rocker kicks your ends up while putting camber beneath your feet to deliver a pristine combo of float, playfulness, power, and control. This highly decorated set of planks utilize Flipcore 3D Tech to naturally mold their shape, and they also utilize Spaceframe 3D advancements to deliver lightweight performance, enhanced torsion transmission, and balanced flex. Getting some has never been so fun. Make it happen with the Blizzard Bonafide Skis.

The Blizzard Bonafide Ski has no problem ripping the mountain from top to bottom, whether it's a storm day with two feet of fresh, wind-buffed chalk, or a thin layer of corn. It has a mid-fat waist and rockered tip and tail for float in the soft and deep, and metal reinforcement and a large turn radius for high-speed stability. Sandwich sidewall construction make it a precise and powerful turning machine on hardpack or dodging trees. Blizzard's Flipcore technology gives the ski rockered shape naturally, so there's no bending or weakening the ski's integrity. This is one solid, stable, snow-loving board.

REI (2013)

The hard-charging Blizzard Bonafide skis attack any terrain on the mountain with rocker designed to reduce floppiness and chatter on hard snow and maneuver well in soft snow.

Recommended skier and snowboarder weights are a general guideline. Additional factors can affect which size will best suit your needs. If you have questions regarding ski and snowboard sizing, please contact us at 1-800-426-4840.



It isn’t very often you come across a pair of skis that are truly built for it all. From groomers to powder, the Blizzard Bonafides are waiting to be taken out in any condition. It is no coincidence that Blizzard used an ox for the graphics of the skis because they are built strong. Sandwich titanium gives the skis a stiff feel while the poplar-bamboo-paulownia wood core provides reactive turns. (2015)
These are some Bonafide Free Mountain Skis from Blizzard that will have you taking on southern drawl as you realize that it really is all in the name. Bonafide is built with sandwich sidewall titanium, poplar bamboo paulownia wood and double Titanium to keep you floating through the powder effortlessly. The tip and tail rocker keep your tips from diving into the deep snow while you ride through all sorts of snow on these free mountain beauties.

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From the all new Free Mountain series- the Bonafide is the ticket to all mountain freedom. All new Flip Core technology is revolutionary in the way that it allows for lightweight floatation in powder while retaining excellent stability. All this is made possible through the flipped wood core (the ski is actually upside down in the mold), whose downward facing convex side forms the natural-rocker.The end result is a new rockered construction that reaches a new level of stability and even pressure distribution that is unheard of in freeride ski construction.
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Activity:Downhill skiing
Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:21m (@ 180cm)
Base Material:Sintered
Binding DIN:N/A
Binding Weight Range:N/A
Bindings:Not included
Bindings included:133/98/118 millimeters
Camber:Flip Core tip and tail rocker
Construction:Sandwich Sidewall Titanium - Polar-Bamboo-Paulownia- Wood, Double Titanium
Construction Type:Sidewall
Core:133/98/118 millimeters
Core Material:Flip Core 3D, Sidewall
Dimensions:133/98/118 mm - Raidums 21,0 m (180 cm)
Features:Flipcore 3D Technology
Model #:8A206200 001 166
Radius by Length:21m @ 180cm
Recommended skier weight:20 meters
Sidecut radius:Groomed and powder
Sidewalls:Sandwich Sidewall Titanium Construction
Ski Gear Intended Use:All Mountain
Ski camber:Groomed and powder
Ski design:Downhill skiing
Ski dimensions:All-mountain wide
Ski terrain:All-mountain wide
Special Features:Sandwich Compound Sidewall Construction
Tail Profile:Flat
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:133/98/118mm (@ 180cm)
Turn Radius:21m (size 180)
Type:All-Mountain Wide Skis (91-110)
Waist Width:96-105mm
Warranty:One Year
What Binding is Included?:N/A
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Blizzard Bonafide Skis Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Easily the BEST skis i have ever owned

So I have been skiing a very very long time, 43 years to be exact, and have skied on so many different kinds of skis in all those years and after 6 days on these I only wish I had them sooner.

I Do NOT recommend these for super light, or novice skiers.
I HIGHLY recommend them for heavier, or more aggressive skiers as they will get the most out of them.

someone once described NYC as a city that needs to be ruled not governed and these skis are exactly the same way. If you ski them, rather than have them ski you, the rewards are many. If, however, you want to just ride them then they might be a bit much for you.

The upsides:
Carving is a dream. Once you get them on edge they don't want to get off the edge and as importantly they seem to make their own energy. I come out of a turn faster than when I went in. It requires a good dose of confidence to keep from trying to reign them in (something they decidedly do not want to do)

Front side skiing is really fun with them. I have skied them on East coast crust and ice and they held tight to hill. They also performed incredibly as the slope varied from crust, to ice to slush with the early rise, and 98mm underfoot.

When it dumps these boards are my go to foot extenders. The float is consistent across the length, and because they can handle both Piste and off-piste they work well in the transitions.

The BAD: The early rise gives them quite a bit of chatter when not on edge. If you are looking for Downhill skis these are most decidedly NOT them. They like fast, but fast only comes with an Edge if you want to feel stable.

All in all they are wonderful skis and I have compared them with my brother's Volkl Mantras and they match up almost identically with my Bonafides a bit stiffer in the tail, and a little more rise in the tip.
Irondaddy at REI on 01/01/2014

Just spent my second day on a set, demoed them yesterday against a Line Prophet 98 and then the bonafide today. I was skeptical about all the hype of these skis thinking they would be to damp, lifeless at slower speeds, and just to heavy compared to my other skis but they blew me away. FIrst day was normal groomers, busted up heavy crud, found a foot of heavy untracked powder, so little bit of everything. Amazingly versatile with so much fun in all those different conditions. They were heavier than the prophets, especially in the tips with a heavier swing weight. I noticed it just on the chair rides alone. As great of a ski I thought the Prophet 98 was after switching back and forth all day long between the two I chose to go with Bonafides as my one ski quiver ski. Prophet was easier, more forgiving, lighter, turnier, and still ripped everything in sight, very smooth and stable ski. But the Bones surfier, easier to smear tail when needed, and the absolute turn shape variety blew me away. I could dance quick slalom turns and then carve out high speed GS turns with incredible speed and power. More energy and rebound than I was ever expecting. I have owned mantras in the past and still have the original Kendo so I know these types of skis well. Today I just ripped firm icy groomers and medium sized hard moguls and had a blast. The ski does everything you want it to do and does it well! And by the way this ski just flies, probably the fastest ski I have been on in many years and has no speed limit. I have a pretty big quiver of skis but I can say that if you have no idea what the conditions are going to be then you will not regret picking these for any day on the hill, from deep powder to icy groomers. Im 6' 1" and 178lbs and chose the 180cm and its the perfect size. This ski is not for intermediates, those people should be on something else.

nwskifreak at on 12/15/2013

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

Hi, I'm Thom. I just got off the Blizzard Bonafide. 5 out of 5 for this thing all day long. It's one of my favorites and one of the most exciting skis out there right now. 98 under foot, so it's your super versatile dimension, it can go anywhere, it can do anything. It absolutely rails turns on hard pack. It has that finishing power that adds that, kind of flare, that excitement to the ski that a lot of other skis don't have. So real dynamic, super stable, definitely meant for either your heavier guy or your advanced skier though. It's not something that you want to put an intermediate on and hope they'll do alright. It's a demanding, powerful ski that gives you back everything you put into it.
Thom P. at on 09/09/2013

Bonafide ROcks

I skied this Ski at a demo and liked it so much that I bought it for the upcoming season. For the last few years, Blizzard has been making some remarkable skis. And the Bonafide is no exception. There is reason why if you read the magazines that all the testers rave about this ski. If you are an expert level skier that likes all conditions, this is the ski for you. This ski handles the groomers, chopped up snow and some powder remarkably well. If you are looking for a powder specific ski, look somewhere else, but if you are all over the mountain in all conditions, take a look a the Bonafide, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Skipatrolguy at on 10/10/2013

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

Trey here with Blizzard's Bonafide. I give this ski 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you're aggressive, and big and powerful skier, you're going to absolutely love it, you'd probably give it 5 stars. I'm not quite that big, but I really did enjoy how stable and powerful the ski is. I think if you ski like, in the Sierra's or the Northwest, where you get a lot of heavy, thick snow, you're going to really like this ski, because it'll power through anything. Very stable, quick enough under foot to get you through about any situation, but definitely a demanding ski.
Trey R. at on 09/09/2013

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

I'm Kyle. I just got off the Bonafide. This ski is a 5 out of 5. I really liked them. You can ski all over the mountain with it. You can hit pretty much groomers plus go off terrain and hit any kind of little bumps and a little bit of stashes and stuff. This ski held an edge really good even though how fast you can go, it doesn't matter. And it's still really playful on lower speeds too so it was really surprising. Once again going to give this 5 out of 5.
Kyle M. at on 09/09/2013

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

Hey, it's Hunter here, just got off the Blizzard Bonafide. It's a 5 out of 5 ski for me. I'd give it more stars if I could. It's for the skier that's really willing to work at it. If you're in the backseat, not ready to ski, it'll beat you up, but if you want that snap out of a turn, if you want your skis airborn between carves, this thing will do it. It's a demanding race car of a ski and I love it.
Hunter A. at on 09/09/2013

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

I'm Adam and I was just skiing on the Blizzard Bonafide. I give this ski 5 out of 5. If you're looking for a well-rounded ski you can take anywhere. It's 98 at the waist. It has a little bit of metal in it. Blizzard's Flip Core Rocker makes it really easy to ski in pretty much any type of condition. As long as you like going strong and fast, or maybe you're a little bit heavier. 5 out of 5.
Adam P. at on 09/09/2013

Great ski

I ski in the northwest, weigh about 170 lbs and like to push my limits. I have numerous skis including the Bushwacker, K2 Sidestash and Line Influence. These quickly became my go to skis. I agree with the earlier review, you need to drive these skis hard to enjoy them. If you want something lighter and more playful try the Blizzard Bushwacker.
Downhill Stan at REI on 01/01/2014

This is my favorite ski in the last ten years. It is a ski that I will save forever so I can be better than my kids when I am old and gray. Sure, there are skis for other aspects of skiing, but this one is just so much fun all the time.
Background: Former ski racer, big mountain enthusiast, ski model elite.

Patrick Packy Westfeldt at on 10/19/2013

Neutral Reviews:

2014 Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review

Hi, I'm Steve and I just got off the Blizzard Bonafide. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's really actually a very awesome ski, but it's too much ski for me. It has 2.5 sheets of metal and with 3 knee surgeries and being in my 50's, it just would tire me out within a few runs, but it's amazingly stable. If you're a big guy and you like to run your skis really hard, really load them up and give them all you got, this ski would be an amazing ski. It was extremely stable, and at fast speed, it was solid as a rock, but it was definitely for a guy that is a much stronger, bigger skier than I am.
Steve K. at on 09/09/2013