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2013 Blizzard Dakota


Pros: Very stable in big steep and deep bumps

Cons: Not going to be a one ski quiver


Length Tested: 170CM

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Squaw Valley

Number of Runs:  ~15K verticle

Snow Conditions:  Firm pack early then nice spring corn

Demo or Own:  Demo and now own!


Tester Info:

Username:  Daria

Age: 56

Height/Weight:  5'5" / 140 lbs

Ski Days/Season: 70

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate(Finesse)

Current Quiver: 2013 Blizzard Dakotas, 2012 Armada VJJs, 2009 Volkl Aura, 2008 K2 Burnin Luvs

Home Area:  Northstar and Squaw

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees


I was fortunate to demo these skis yesterday (Apr 22) at Squaw with an amazing group of skiers in wonderful spring conditions.  Trekchic and I were skiing together.   As we worked our way over to areas on the mountain with early sun, we hit some still crunchy terrain in lumpy groomers and some bumps.  The Dakotas did well but I was still trying hard not to like them.  I had skied TC's Sambas the day before and fell in love so I really didn't want to love the Dakotas too!  But wow, fall in love I did!


We were all over the mountain in varying conditions...steep, not so steep, big bumps, small bumps, chutes, etc...  These skis performed so beautifully.  Where I really fell in love was when I got into some big steep and deep bumps.  I felt like I could fly on these skis!  Very stable while at the same time wanting to turn when I needed or was ready to.  When heading back to the lift, I could hold an edge in really nice big turns.


These are big beefy skis that want to RAWR on big, open terrain.  I would not take this ski out for tight trees or bumps.  I would choose the Sambas for those conditions


As a "died in the wool" Volkl Aura fan, I am now a huge Blizzard convert and loving it!!

2013 Blizzard Dakota

Once again, Blizzard brings their innovative technology to their women's line with the Dakota. Flipcore makes this ski extremely easy to handle, giving you a super smooth and consistent performance, and at 108 underfoot you’ll enjoy tons of stability for attacking the entire mountain. Go ahead.....Send it! Construction: Sandwich Sidewall Titanium + Woodcore + ISO-Core + Bamboo + Titanium Technology Features - Flipcore 3D Sidewall camber Rocker Tip & Tail, Flat Underfoot Target User: The Hottest Hotties with Even Better Bodies

Lengths170/177 cm
Turn RadiusRadius 27.0 m (177 cm)
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialISO Core/Wood/Bamboo/Titanium/
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingN/A
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2013
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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