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Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski

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When you’re high in the alpine, picking your way through consequential terrain, having reliable partners and equipment is a must. For years, the Zero G line has been a staple of legendary ski mountaineers and has proven itself in some of the most demanding places in the world. Now back and better than ever, the Zero G 85 seeks to keep what made it synonymous with durability and razer-like edge grip, while making it less demanding in other types of conditions. Blizzard achieved this by refining the Carbon Drive laminate, which is a carbon overlay that allows for precise control of torsional and longitudinal stiffness. Combine this with an intelligent 3D construction, carbon-reinforced mounting plate, and partial sidewall, you get another Blizzard Zero G 85 that lives up to its name. That is, maximum performance with zero grams of unnecessary weight.

  • Carbon Drive 3.0 laminate allows for the flex to be fine-tuned.
  • 3D milling provides torsional rigidity while keeping weight down.
  • Long sidecut makes the ski less catchy in variable snow.
  • Carbon-reinforced mounting plate helps with durability and binding retention.

Update 2023/24: The ski remains the same but has a new dark blue paint job.

Lengths (cm) 150, 157, 164, 171, 178
convert to ounces
910g [150]
945g [157]
1005g [164]
1070g [171]
1160g [178]
Weight (pair) 1820g [150]
1890g [157]
2010g [164]
2140g [171]
2320g [178]
Dimensions   113-85-97 [150]
115-85-99 [157]
115-85-99 [164]
115-85-99 [171]
117-85-101 [178]
Turn Radius   17.0m [150]
17.5m [157]
19.5m [164]
21.5m [171]
22.0m [178]
Skin Fix   Tip recession, tail notch
Specs Verified 164, 171, 178 only
Profile   Limited tip rocker and a smidge of tail lift
Shape   Modest shovel, tapered tail
Construction   Partial sidewall with full sidewall under the mounting area
Core   Carbon Drive 3.0
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring, mountaineering
Notes A touch softer and friendlier than the older Zero G's
Bottom Line The next iteration of a timeless, classic touring ski
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Federico K
Hi, what are the key differences between this ski and the Atomic Backland UL 85. I own a pair of G3 Findr 94 at 177cm with Ion 10 and I’m looking for a lighter setup for PNW volcano skiing so I’m considering these Zero Gs or the Backlands at 171 cm and lighter bindings. I’m 5’ 10’’, 170 pounds and advanced skier.
Answer from Emmett I

Shoot us an email at and we can go more in-depth.

The Zero G and Backland would both be good options for a volcano ski, just depends on your skiing style. In general, the Zero G will excel in steep, firm conditions. Very hard to beat in terms of edge hold. A bit more chattery in crud than the Backland, but less so with the newer Carbon Drive 3.0. The Backland on the other hand is very damp. Good for variable snow and corn, but won't match the Zero G for edge hold and confidence in steeps.
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Question from fredrik
Hello, I am looking for a ski which is fun to ski also in variable conditions but I also need a good edge grip in steep sections, couloirs and traverses. Hoe would you compare them with their 95 sibling? Is there a significant difference in edge hold? Or not really and I should go for 95 due to the fact its easier to ski?
Answer from Emmett I

The 85 and 95 ski very similarly. Not much of a difference in edge hold. The 85 might be a bit easier/quicker to jump turn, but the 95 would give you a little bit more of a buffer from washing out on your boot. The 85 will be quicker edge-to-edge on hardpack, and the 95 will provide more float in soft snow. Feel free to shoot us an email at and we can go more in-depth!
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Question from Maria K.
Hi, I’m switching away from the BD helio carbon 88 because its lack of shovel has gotten me into some uncomfortable situations when the skin track or egress has prominent rolls or dips. I’m leaning toward the zero g but the description of this ski describes the shovel as “moderate.” I want to make sure I’m not making the same mistake again. Can you advise? Thanks!
Answer from Jeff
Maria, The Zero G 85 may not be the ski you are looking for. It would be considered a more traditionally cambered ski and not much rocker. So a lot like your current ski.
Please email us at with more details about you and what you are looking for, and we can suggest some skis for you.
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Question from Aynsley
Hi! Are these too wide to attach to a Skimo racing vest pack?

Why? There's a deal, making these 300 dollars cheaper than the ZeroG 80's.

My team will be using the Blizzard Zero G 80's. I'm hoping these could work too? Weight wise it's pretty comparable given I'm getting the 150's.

And if you had any tips on which skins to get?

Thanks :)

Skimoracing newb who doesn't want racing skis. : )
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Aynsley, they'll fit in most packs, folks here routinely use ~85 underfoot skis with speed ski carries. Feel free to reach out to with specifics and we can do a fit check.

As far as skins, you won't be able to use a tip-rip skin with these since they have no tip notch, almost all skimo racers will be using those. The Blizzard Precut Skins are an option and have a slick attachment mechanism, but for racing I'd opt for full mohair to get the best glide. Pomoca and Contour both make mohair skins with compatible tip bails.
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Question from Gary
What bindings would you use with a 171 in this ski and the TLT 8?
Answer from Emmett I

Shoot us an email at if you'd like to go into more detail!

First recommendation would be the Plum Oazo. It's got adjustable release and BSL, and the flip risers are extremely easy to use. All at a very light weight.

Another great option is the Ski Trab Titan Vario.2. It has some BSL adjustment, and fixed release. The heel is gapless unlike the Oazo, and had lateral and rearward elasticity. The toe has lateral elasticity as well, which gives the Vario.2 very good release/retention profiles.

If you want a binding with brakes, something like the ATK Crest is a good option. Loaded with features and weighs less than some lean bindings.
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Question from Gary
I think I've settled on these skis...
I'm 62 year old tele skier looking for a light, spring option for the Mt. Shasta, CA area. This will be my first AT ski set-up. My current daily drivers are 179 Black Crow Navis, with 22 Design Axl's and Scarpa T1 boots.

Is this a solid choice?
What length would you suggest?
What other skis should I consider for spring (and this year summer) objectives?
Answer from Emmett I

The Zero G is a great choice for a spring ski! It shines holding an edge in steeps. For length, you could probably go with the 171. It will hop turn easier, and be more manageable in trees and for kick turns.

A couple of other options for skis; The Ski Trab Magico.2 is a great option. Damp, yet energetic. Super high performance, you get what you pay for. The Atomic Backland 85 is on the other end of the spectrum. Friendly, easy to ski, damp. Not very energetic, which some people don't like. All depends on your skiing style!
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Annabell O (used product regularly)
Santa got these skis for me and they are by far the best skis I've ever used. I'd previously purchased longer (>160cm), fatter (99cm) skis, but I'm glad I went shorter and narrower. They are light, but I feel like I'm in control all the time. The only time I feel like they are light skis is when I'm going fast on groomed runs or on super icy terrain. Otherwise, these ski like a dream in PNW heavy snow or in a foot of powder. 100% recommended. Thank you Skimo for narrowing down my choices.

Ski length: 150 cm
Bindings: Kreuzspitze GT 2.0
Skins: Contour Hybrid Mix
Stats: 5'2" female, 122lbs,
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Question from Andrew M
Has Blizzard discontinued this ski? It no longer appears on their website
Answer from jbo
Hi Andrew, Blizzard is changing colors for next season, so the grey ones must go!
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Question from Jake
How exactly did Blizzard change this ski from previous year's versions?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jake, Blizzard redid the "Carbon Drive" layup which changed the personality significantly. Noticeably friendlier, the skis are quicker and less menacing when the snow gets difficult. Just plain fun in smooth snow.
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