Blizzard Brahma 88 All-Mountain Ski 2022 – 2023 | Review

This legendary all-mountain platform lives on in a touch more forgiving package that still retains its powerful nature

Why we chose the Blizzard Brahma 88: Powerful, damp, fun 

Lengths (cm): 165, 171, 177, 183, 189
Sidecut (mm): 110 / 88 / 128 (177 cm)
Radius: 16m (177 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,100g
Price: £550


When it comes to making a pair of metal laminate, traditionally mounted directional skis, it’s fair to say that, more often than not, Austrian-based Blizzard comes out top trumps. Their Cochise could easily be seen as a class-defining freeride all-mountain ski, while these, the Blizzard Brahma 88, absolutely boss the sub-90 mm all-mountain category.

How does it do this? Well, it’s largely thanks to a combination of a powerful construction and a narrow platform. These two factors work together to provide heaps of power and energy response, and make hard snow and groomed conditions an absolute blast. Let’s dive into exactly what makes the Brahma 88 such a joy to ski. 

Blizzard Brahma Build

Sitting at the heart of the Brahma is Blizzard’s new and updated True Blend woodcore. This core construction is made up from three different densities of wood that have been laminated longitudinally together. Blizzard has mixed up the blend of the three different densities of wood to optimise flex and stiffness exactly where it’s needed. 

In the case of the Brahmas, the True Blend core features a softer flex towards the tips and tails to give easier turn initiation. This allows the tails to be released easily. There’s also a medium flex zone in front of and behind before the stiffness fully ramps up underfoot. Strong torsional and longitudinal rigidity, in the right zones, helps to deliver edge grip and stability.

This balance in densities of wood also means that Blizzard has been able to tune their core construction to match different lengths of ski. That means the longer you go, the stiffer the skis become. This is handy stuff for experts looking for a pair of skis that won’t fold on them. It’s also good for intermediate skiers seeking a slightly more forgiving ski.

Sitting on top of this core are two layers of contoured titanal which, when combined with Blizzard’s flipcore technology, work to provide the fantastic snappy energy return that has quickly become the Brahma’s party piece. Speaking of that camber tech… 

Blizzard Brahma 88 Shaping

Blizzard’s flipcore technology is produced from creating a natural rocker shape to the wood core technology, without the need to artificially shape the camber or rocker in a press. This results in optimal pressure distribution on the edges, a natural flex and fantastic stability at speed. We’ve long been fans of this camber technology, and are glad to see Blizzard continue with this thinking in the Brahma.

The Brahma features a classic rocker-camber-rocker, although both the tip and tail rocker is, quite understandably, pretty subtle. This subtle rocker gives the Brahma improved grip on harder snow, thanks to a longer effective edge.

Who Is The Blizzard Brahma 88 For?

So, the Brahma name lives on in this updated all-mountain ski. The ski has quickly become the class-leading ski in the sub-90 mm class, and it’s easy to see why. Blizzard have brought in a few handy updates to make the skis a touch more forgiving, which we like to see.

Although Blizzard are looking to make the Brahma appeal to a wider range of skiers with these updates, these things are still more than capable of taking everything you can throw their way. They’ll also send a tonne of energy straight back at you, which is cool. 

What Is The Blizzard Brahma 88 Good At?

Versatility: 6/10
Carving: 8/10
Stability Snow: 9/10

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