Blizzard Dakota

2014

Top Performer
Women's Freeride
Blizzard
Price: £519.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 134-108-122
Turn radius 25.5 (177)
Lengths 163, 170, 177
Construction Flip core
Full rocker
Sandwich Sidewall Double Quadrax
Strengths Stable and confidence-inspiring when going for it
Weaknesses Quite wide, so trickier for shorter turns

They say

The Dakota uses a similar design to the award-winning Cochise, but a lighter poplar/bamboo core. The ‘Flip Core’ technology inverts the core to produce natural rocker, rather than being forced. 

We say

The Dakota is a rocksolid ski that would really appeal to skiers who love going hard and fast in backcountry conditions. It feels really stable at speed and even with the ability of our test team, never felt close to its limits. On the groomed runs - even with its 108mm waist - it surprised us with its capability to arc out long, grippy turns. It really comes into its own in powder, rising up quickly and giving the skier confidence to rip out some big turns. Like the Cochise, it has a remarkable ability to make difficult terrain and conditions feel easy. For strong skiers, this is a brilliant ski.

Tester Comments

Lynn Mill
Great in deep off-piste. Made me want to charge all the time!