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2014 Blizzard Samba Woman Ski


Pros: Extremely versatile

Cons: Hmmmm,


2013 Blizzard Samba

Length/size Tested: 
166 cm
TR: 19M
Tip and Tail Rocker, Slight Camber underfoot, flip core technology


Environment of Conditions:
Varied - Chalky groomers, 18" fresh, chopped up mank.
Runs taken:  too many to count
Tester Info:
Age: 47
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 lbs
Average days on snow:  60+
Years Skiing:  27


Aggressiveness: The moderate side of aggressive.
Anyone who's read my reviews over the past year know that I've been wow'd by the Black Pearl, Samba, and Dakota from Blizzard Ski's Women's Flipcore line. 

While they all have a place in a nice west coast quiver, its the Samba that gets out on the hill most of all.

I've had the chance to take the Sambas out in a variety of conditions including spring crud, slop, refrozen chunks and powder, but the condition we've had to ski most of all is man made groomers.  The Sambas continue to amaze me with how well they make RRX on the firmest of days. 


Its been a while since they've had a chance at powder but I'm sure they'll ski powder as well as I remember.  

At the end of the day, there is only one phrase to remember.......I'm always ready to Samba! 


Pros: rips, floats, turns, jumps, does anything you want it to

Cons: best for short radius turns, doesn't bite on ice

I've been skiing seriously for only seven years but dove in head-first when the opportunity arose. I'm in my fourth year of ski instruction, teaching at my third resort.

I ski a lot. 50% on piste, 50% off piste. And this was the most fun I've ever had skiing.

Lucky me got to demo these skis on a fresh 8" pow day and DANG they changed everything! Medium flex for quick turns that are easy to engage, fast to respond, and ready to release when you are. They dip, jump, and float on the sweet pow, but are ready to charge the groomers too. I was hesitant to pick up such a fatty ski with not much apparent sidecut but was pleasantly surprised. The early rise rocker allows for a longer ski length for great flotation, but doesn't have that annoying wobble-tip coming into the lift line. You could easily ride boards 10+ cm longer than regular carving groomer skis because of that rocker.

Fresh tracks were fun, groomers were fun, jumps and bumps were fun (it's true!) and I felt like their superb construction amplified my ability, making me a better skier! The only downside I noticed was the skis seemed to get tired or something during long carving turns, just not wanting to hold that edge. And sliding around an icy turn was not the best either, but when is that ever fun?

After the first turn, I knew it was love. If you're in the market, these come highly recommended by this full-time skier chick.

(Plus, it doesn't have all those pink flowery things all over like every other women's ski, so you feel hardcore, inside and out.)

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2014 Blizzard Samba Woman Ski

Ladies, Yes all you Ladies - Say Samba now. The Samba is the perfect one-ski ladies quiver. Similar to the Bonafide, but with no metal, this ski will rip in any condition, and is super fun & stable. And not to be too girly, but check out the graphic! Sick!

Lengths 152, 159, 166, 173
Turn Radius20M @ 173
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialWood
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2014
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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