Intermediate level freeride
skier Gijs' rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
For the heavy few
The Blizzard Brahma (I tested the 180 cm length) is a beast. It claws to ice and powers through powder like no other ski I have been on. The Brahma is the most stable and solid ski in its class. But it is not playful, nor is it forgiving. And therein lies the Blizzard Brahma's biggest limitation: most skiers will not be strong, heavy or fit enough to ski it for an entire day. It has been very popular and has been given quite a few rewards. But I suspect those are all based on just one or two runs.
Brahma the creator?
The Destroyer would be a more appropriate name for the Blizzard Brahma. It does not just eat up anything you throw at it, it will consume your legs as well, if you are not careful and constantly on top of them. The danger with these rewards being awarded based on consolidated ski tests conducted by expert skiers, is that also mere mortals buy them and ski them. Not only do they destroy your knees if you are not able to control them; you will be a danger for others too. Especially on the carvy blues where most beginners are and where these Brahmas will push you to sometimes uncontrollable speeds. These skis are for the heavy weights, literally and figuratively.
Blizzard about the Brahma
"The Brahma is the go-to ski on days when cold temps and dry spells make for firm snow conditions. At 88mm underfoot, the Brahma is a narrower version of the award-winning Bonafide, and it makes those tooth-rattling hard-snow days fun. Roll them over on groomers thanks to Brahma's camber underfoot bookended by rocker in the tip and tail. Have fun carving turns on ice, blasting through crud or floating on fresh because of Flipcore technology. You'll be linking turns on this quick, responsive ski all season.", says Blizzard. Quick linking turns? Not quite. Mach speeds? Definitely.