2012-2013 Blizzard Dakota Ski review

By Martina Hulten

Height: 5’06”

Weight: 125

Size ski: 177cm mounted with Marker Barons

Sidecut: 135-108-123mm

Most days out on the hill you will be skiing several different snow conditions. I really value a ski that performs well in every type of snow I encounter at the resort or in the backcountry. I like to know that I can trust my skis all the time, which is exactly why the Dakota is a great ski. Blizzard basically took the award winning men’s version, the Cochise, and tweaked it slightly for females. Its just a touch softer.  Its nice to find a women’s specific ski that really takes good women skiers seriously!

On the last powder day I was stoked to be skiing on my Dakotas. They float really nicely and they are super playful. The new Rocker Technology that Blizzard developed (Flip Core) is really working well. The flipped wood core creates a natural rocker with stability. Blizzard has created a stable and fun every day ski. Unless you are planning on buying several pairs of skis that are each dedicated to a specific snow condition, it is difficult to find something better than this ski for our skiing here in Tahoe. The Dakota is a great powder ski yet still performs on hard packed snow and groomers. What more can you ask for?! I like the graphics too!

About me:  I grew up in a small town in the south west area of Sweden. I think I stood on skis my first time when I was about 4 years old. After several years going on ski vacations I started to ski for the local ski team.  After high school I wasn’t good enough to be part of the Swedish national team, so I was trying to find another way to ski and also go to college. I found Sierra Nevada College by Lake Tahoe. I represented the ski team for four years and graduated with a double major in business. I currently live in Squaw Valley and work full time at a business in Incline Village.

Thanks For reading!

-Martina

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