Pros: Super fun on challenging terrain
Cons: Doesn't respond well when you don't show up to ski
Pros: Easy to ski in challenging terrain
Cons: Doesn't respond well when you don't show up to ski.
Product: Blizzard Dakota
Length Tested: 170 CM
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 25M
Camber : Flip Core rocker, flat tail
Binding: Salomon Sth14
Mount point: Suggested (1cm fwd of previous year)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test:Squaw Valley
Number of Runs: Multiple
Snow Conditions: Varied from firm AM, to spring corn,
Demo or Own: Demo
Aggressiveness:Finesse skier with a desire to be more aggressive
Current Quiver: Blizzard Samba, Scott TheSki, K2 Remedy 102, Nordica Wildfire, Blizzard Dakota
Home Area: Northstar and Squaw
Preferred Terrain: Trees, moguls, and the occasional groomer
The Dakota was revamped for 2014 by taking metal out and moving the mount point forward. For starters, the flex of this version of the Dakota is still the same hard charging ski that its predecessor was, But Better! I'm not sure if its the lack of metal or the movement of the mount point, but I found this Dakota to be much more nimble and easier to lay over when you're hitting groomers, but it still maintained the stability and strength that I love when I headed for the steeps and chutes.
I'm not quite sure how Blizzard pulled this one off, but they took a ski I loved and made me love it more.
Blizzard Dakota Act one gave a great performance, but Act 2 deserves a standing ovation.