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Blizzard Black Pearl (2013)

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Rating: 4.20 / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2013
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 125/88/110
Lengths: 152, 159, 166, 173

Stability at speed: 4.36 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.04 / 5
Flotation: 4.06 / 5
Overall: 4.20 / 5

The Black Pearl may be named after a bull—the theme of Blizzard’s Free Mountain line—but it ran like a thoroughbred. On groomed snow, sweeping GS turns were its forte, while its tip-and-tail rocker profile was smear-friendly off the trail. “For ladies who aren’t afraid to put their purse down,” said one Colorado tester. The Black Pearl is a narrower one-ski-quiver with attitude.