2016/2017 Blizzard Samba ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s All-Mountain Back Category and awarded it an Editors’ Choice honor.

Testers bestowed this Editor’s Choice winner the highest ratings for stability of any ski in the category, as well as the claim to fame for securing the overall top spot. “One word…BOMBER,” says Riley. The 98-mm-waisted Samba won accolades for stability last year as well, though this year it returns with an update. As a way to increase torsional stability without adding too much weight, Blizzard has added a unidirectional carbon frame into the construction of the ski called Carbon Flipcore, a process which creates tip and tail rocker in the molding process instead of bending it afterwards. Other details include sandwich sidewalls, a poplar/beech wood core and a layer of titanium. “This ski might be too much for a beginner, but it’s an awesome one-ski quiver and can rip turns no matter what the size or shape,” says Harkins.

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