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2015 Blizzard Samba Skis


Pros: Fun, responsive, easy to turn, confidence building

Cons: Cant think of any!


2014 Blizzard Samba

Length/size Tested: 
166 cm


Varied-wet spring snow, ungroomed, groomed, icy, typical mid SE conditions, powder
Runs taken:  everything from slow greens with a beginner to aggressive blacks with the boys, trees, bumps
Tester Info:
Age: 33
Height/Weight: 5'5" 160 
Average days on snow:  15
Years Skiing:  29 (with a 7 year break for grad school)


Aggressiveness: Moderate (unless I'm with the boys, then aggressive or they will make fun of me) 


I bought a pair of Sambas after trying them at a Demo day. After trying a pair of Black Pearls and hating them, I didnt put much faith in these. But boy was I wrong. The Sambas were super fun, responsive and handled anything I put in front of them. I was a bit worried jumping from a carver (76 waist) to these at 98mm underfoot, but I found them just as easy to carve on groomed trails and more adaptable to chopped up ungroomed snow. The same ungroomed/choppy conditions that would slow me down in my old carvers were super fun on the Sambas (they seem to just float over anything and keep going). Update-had the chance to try them on fresh powder and deep ungroomed runs as we got 26" last weekend. I LOVED the way they rode. I feel super confident on these skis which makes me feel like I can attack anything.


THe only thing I cant comment on yet is durability as Ive only had them since December. 


I loved them so much, I bought a pair (2014, 166s) originally thinking they would be my fresh/ungroomed ski but Im so love struck that Im not sure i want to put anything else on my feet.  


Pros: Extremely versatile

Cons: I really haven't found one yet.


2015 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, fresh, chopped up mank.
Runs taken:  too many to count
Tester Info:
Age: 48
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 (ish)lbs
Average days on snow:  60+
Years Skiing:  30


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.

This may seem like a repeat of my previous reviews of this ski but I have not found another ski that can knock it out of its spot in my quiver or in my heart. 

To this point:  The Samba, may seem a little wide at 98mm under foot, but for the female skier who loves to cover the entire mountain with confidence in every condition, this is your one ski quiver.  The Samba can carve on the groomers, play in the moguls and slay the powder with confidence putting a huge smile on your face. 


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2015 Blizzard Samba Skis

The women’s Free Mountain collection is made for women who like to charge but want the responsiveness and maneuverability to keep the ride fun and agile. Flip Core Technology combined with women’s constructions, make them super easy to ski while enhancing flotation, stability and edge grip in any conditions or terrain. WEIGHT: 1,750 g +/- 50 g (166 cm) CONSTRUCTION Sandwich Compound Sidewall Poplar-Bamboo-ISO-Wood + Ti Binding Interface TECHNOLOGY FEATURES Lite weight FLIP CORE Sidewall Tip & Tail Rocker

Lengths152-159-166-173 cm
Dimensions131-98-116 mm
Turn Radius19M@166cm
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialPoplar-Bamboo-ISO-Wood
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2015
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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