The Blizzard Brahma, now the Brahma 88, has made a name for itself in recent years for being a high performance, powerful all-mountain ski. Blizzard’s All-Mountain Freeride skis use aggressive construction that is quite similar to race skis. A poplar and beech wood core is sandwiched between two full-length sheets of metal and Blizzard integrates bi-directional carbon fiber into the tip of the ski to increase torsional stiffness and precision. While it’s described as a rocker-camber-rocker profile, there’s not much rocker at all. Slightly more pronounced in the tip than the tail, but the Brahma 88 is mostly camber. That shape combined with those two sheets of metal and powerful construction is recipe for an advanced/expert level all mountain ski that will satisfy even the most aggressive skiers.
Kagen Dewey had a fantastic reaction to the 180 cm Brahma 88 and described its performance very well, so we’re providing you with his entire response. “The 2020 Brahma lives up to its reputation. As an on-piste ski, the full lengths of metal are all there, allowing the aggressive skier to drive through chopped up surfaces on a powerful, stable edge. Plenty of energy and rebound exiting a dynamic turn, however I cannot see myself “taking it easy” for the day on the Brahma 88. At a 20 m turn radius, short radius turns require strong steering or aggressive bending, in other words, a lot of work. Rewards the precise skier in bumps with strong rebound and good dimensions, but punishing on the occasional mis-step, backseat turn, or inside lean. If you like to charge the whole resort until you can’t charge anymore, the Brahma will be right there with you.” The Brahma delivers all the power you could ever ask for in an all-mountain ski, but it does come along with a demanding feel. Intermediates and less-aggressive skiers need not apply.
Kelby Furrer also tested the 180 cm Brahma 88 and was so happy with their performance he slipped “I’ll probably buy a pair” into his feedback. In our opinion, that’s the highest praise a tester can give a ski during our test. “Damn! First ski of the day, not sure if I’ll find one that I like better.” Kelby made that comment at 9:30 in the morning on one of our test days. At 3:30 that afternoon, it was “still my favorite ski of the day. Crushed everything I put it through.” Kelby gave the Brahma 88 high scores, including a 5 out of 5 for overall impression and a whole slew of 4s out of 5. The only criteria that was lower than 4 was for flotation. “Great on groomers and crushes junky terrain.”
Dave Carter tested the 173 cm Brahma 88 and was impressed by its high levels of stability. 5 out of 5 for that criteria, with most everything else receiving 4 out of 5. Only playfulness and forgiveness dropped down to 3 out of 5, which isn’t too surprising given the demanding feel of the Brahma 88. “Overall, one of my favorite skis. Ride an edge at all speeds and is agile enough for all terrain.” Going back to Kagen’s response, you do need to have accomplished technique if you’re planning on using the Brahma for off-piste terrain, but as long as you have that technique, it can be a lot of fun.
Jeff Neagle skied the 180 cm Brahma 88 and scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. Playfulness and forgiveness were his lowest scores, which isn’t terribly surprising. “In an ever-expanding list of 88-90 mm all-mountain carving skis, the Brahma 88 is still the most powerful. With that, however, comes a pretty demanding feel. Intermediates need not apply, there are plenty of better options, but advanced and expert skiers will love the power and precision of the Brahma 88.”
If you’re looking for a powerful all-mountain ski, you’re probably already aware of the Brahma 88. Maybe you’ve come here to confirm that it will give you that upper-echelon level of stability, vibration damping, and edge grip. If that’s the case, yes, yes it most certainly does.