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The darling of ski testers everywhere.

The Blizzard Bonafide Ski has no problem ripping the mountain from top to bottom, whether it's a storm day with two feet of powder, wind-buffed chalk, a thin layer of corn, or hardpack. Giving it a 98mm waist, Blizzard designed the Bonafide to be the most versatile ski in its freeride lineup. Its mid-fat waist and rockered tip and tail offer excellent floatation in the steep and deep and easy turn initiation wherever you are on the mountain. Dual metal sheets combine with underfoot camber to offer superior stability on hard snow and at high speeds. 

This Jack-of-all-trades tears up groomers, backbowls, crud, bumps, boilerplate ice, and champagne powder with aplomb. Sandwich sidewall construction makes it a precise and powerful turning machine, and a poplar, bamboo, and paulownia ISO wood core provides smooth and fluid turning. Utilizing its revolutionary Flipcore technology, Blizzard put the Bonafide's core into the mold upside-down, giving the tip and tail a naturally rockered shape rather than weakening the ski's integrity by pressing it into shape as is the case with most skis. This is one solid, stable, snow-loving board.


  • Tip and tail rocker
  • Underfoot camber
  • Sandwich compound sidewall construction
  • Poplar, bamboo, and paulownia ISO woodcore
  • Flipcore technology
  • 98mm underfoot width

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Is there any reason why one would not purchase this ski? The reviews are awesome and I'm looking for an all mountain ski that functions anywhere on the mountain (other than moguls). I'm also looking for a stable ski that won't chatter when I'm carving at speed. Thanks

Responded on

The reviews have been right on for years now about the Bonafide. In my personal opinion if I have to point out one flaw is that the ski is a little heavy in the shovels if you are a jibby jump around like an energizer bunny type of skier. That's why I went Kabookie route after many days on my Bones. Other than that its an awesome performer! Even in mogul fields I find it an absolute blast due to its rocker profile.

Other skis to consider are the new Mantra if you want skis with some rocker to them for off piste enjoyment and an easier to slide and smear around when needed.

The Bonafide is a very stable ski with incredible edge grip but it is a little different than a full on camber ski, again due to its rocker profile. I won't go back to full camber as a daily driver unless its on a short race type carving ski and I'm trying to dig trenches on groomers for the day.

4 5

damn near awesome

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this ski as a quiver add-on for inbounds with a particular focus on days when the off piste is played out. it is a ripping ski for groomers and hard snow. amazing edge hold that just keeps carving and turning until you back off the accelerator. and its super stable at high speed.

it's very stiff - two layers of titanium and slight rocker in the tips and tails ... so it takes focus to really push it. i'm big at 6'4" and 250 pounds so i love the stiffness. for a smaller and lighter person it could be more work. I'm on the 187 length mounted tele with 22Designs Vice binders mounted boot center as suggested by blizzard.

my one gripe is that the stiff tails make working bumps in soft snow more of a challenge. its not smeary and the tails can hang up. but i didn't get it for those conditions either so i can live with that.

this would be a ripping ski for east coast conditions, and a great quiver ski for days when playing around on inbounds terrain is your option

Responded on

I'm not sure how much time you have spent on them yet but you will learn to love them in a mogul field, trust me. I thought my 180 Bones slithered through any size bumps extremely well and the tail was my favorite part. I ended up selling them for a Kabookie strictly for the swing weight but I have a blast all over the place.

Kabookie isn't really any softer than the Bonafides just lighter and not as damp due to the lack of metal. The more energetic Kabookie took me a little bit to adjust too in the bumps over the Bonafide but now I love them even more than my narrower non rockered Kendo by far.

You will have a smile on your face in no time, be patient.

Getting back into skiing after 10+ years of riding and considering The Bonafide or Sick Day 95's. I'm 6'1, 205 lbs and like to ski front side/back side and pop into the trees, pow, etc...I demoed this ski and liked it but don't have anything to compare to. 180cm seems to be a good length but wondering if it makes sense to bump up to 187 based on height/weight. Any advice for a guy who's just getting back into the game and deciding between these 2 skis would be much appreciated.

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5'11" 240 here
I have the 187s for about 60+ days.

While I can bend these easily I'm glad I went long.

Rockered tips and tails make for approximately as long as you're tall optimized.

If you'd rather billygoat in tight trees and cliffs/bumps while avoiding freeway speeds the 180 would do you fine.

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Sorry for the late response but did you buy anything? I don't want to jump in if you already made a purchase, that will just play with your mind.

5 5

A life changer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No doubt the world would be a better place if everybody skied Bonafides. Camber underfoot with slight early rise in the tip and tail and 98mm waist has all the makings for a great one ski quiver. However, the secret ingredient, and the one that brings it all together, is the flip-core. By molding the ski in its natural shape, a process unique to Blizzard, you get a ski that will out preform any high performance ski on the groomed then turn around and crush bumps, trees, crud, and the lightest Alta powder. Its not just going to do it all, its going to be the best at everything. Try one and tell me I'm wrong.

A life changer
Responded on

Loves me them bones.

Flipcore sounds like a gimmick, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Bonafides eat up terrain like nobody's business. Short slow turns in steep tight spots; check
Big radius fast sweepers; check
Variable radius for variable shape turns for momentum control;
CHECK
The Bones carve like a frontside ripper, crossing over as aggressively as possible has you feeling like Ligety while a subtle intuitive pressure shift smears a railed carve into a greased smear that feels oh so good.

One criticism about being demanding may be true, but move the binding up from the factory mark a wee bit and they become easy steezy friendly tame rodeo bulls that magically take you wherever you like.