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Blizzard Black Pearl 97 (2021)

2021 Women's All-Mountain Ski Review

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Brand: Blizzard

Model: Black Pearl 97


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

153, 159, 165, 171, 177

Radius (m)






Rocker Technology


Quickness / Maneuverability

3.94 / 5


3.78 / 5


3.67 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.44 / 5

Crud Performance

3.94 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.94 / 5

Binding Included



3.44 / 5


The 2021 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Blizzard

Tester confession: Over the years, this wider-waisted Black Pearl has been a smooth and dependable ride, especially on groomers, but, TBH, somewhat of a one-trick pony. But this year, Blizzard updates her core with its new TrueBlend technology to optimize her flex so she adjusts and responds better to variable snow conditions. The result? A more energetic Black Pearl than we’ve seen in the past, though she still prefers athletic skiers inclined to let her rip.

STRENGTHS: Hard-Snow Integrity, Stability at Speed

WEAKNESSES: Forgiveness, Playfulness