Blizzard Black Pearl 88

2018 All Mountain Ski
By SKI Magazine ,
Black Pearl 88

Specs

tip_waist_tail 126-88-110
lengths 152, 159, 166, 173
radius 14
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This has been Blizzard’s No. 1 selling ski—across both men’s and women’s lines—for years, and for good reason. And Blizzard made it even better this year, integrating a carbon frame into the layup and a wood core with multi-directional fiberglass, reinforced with more carbon, to make it stronger and lighter. Also, a wider shovel (read: deeper sidecut) improves snow-contact. Indeed, not a single tester had anything but gushing praise, and it had top scores in all but two criteria. There is nothing this ski can’t do. It’s strong yet forgiving, stable yet playful, carvy yet floaty. “Best ski of the category, hands down,” said Knight. “Could do whatever I wanted.”

Strengths: Stability at Speed, Quickness/Maneuverability

See more Gear of the Year for 2018 here.

All of SKI Magazine's Official Selections for the Women's All Mountain Narrow Category can be found here.

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