This ski knifes, but it will also chill and let you enjoy the view. The 98 (formerly the Samba) got a nip and tuck last year to make it lighter and stronger, and testers love it more than ever. The Pearl is the directional option in Blizzard’s freeride line, with a solid, predictable feel. (For more slarve and playfulness, go with the Sheevas.) Weave through trees, suck up bumps, float through pow, or trench on groomed—there is nothing this ski won’t do. Beekman: “Smooth, solid, never punishing.” Read more about the Blizzard Black Pearl 98 here.
- Strength: Balance of Skills, Overall Impression; Weakness: Flotation
- Overall Rating: 4.19 / 5
- Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 135-98-119
- Lengths (in centimeters): 152, 159, 166, 173
- Radius (in meters): 15
- MSRP: $720 (BUY NOW)