Expert Comparison: Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis vs Salomon QST Lux 92 Skis

Published on 08/18/2023 · 4 min readComparing the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 and Salomon QSTLux 92, the Black Pearl is best for East Coast skiers who prioritize groomed performance, while the Lux 92 is better for advanced skiers who want to ski off-piste. Reach out to a ski expert for help finding the perfect ski.
By Ski Expert Lauren Dobbins
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Hi, I'm Lauren, a ski expert here at curated.com, based out of the small town of Bailey, Colorado. Today, I'm going to give you a quick comparison of the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 and the Salomon QST Lux 92.

Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis

Let's get into the Blizzard Black Pearl first. The Black Pearl 88, with 88 meaning the waist width underfoot, is one of the best-selling women's skis year after year. This ski covers a wide range of skiers. At 88, it is an excellent option for an East Coast skier who wants to go all mountain but still needs strong performance on ice and on groomers. And for Rockies or West Coast skier who really wants to be on groomers and wants to be able to go into moguls and trees with ease. At 88 underfoot, it's not going to shine unfortunately in high snow and powder. A skier who wants to be in those situations is going to look for a wider ski. The Blizzard Black Pearl 88 has a layer of titanal all throughout the ski, so it is very stable. It's going to be very accessible for an intermediate skier through an advanced skier.

So, who is this ski for? It's for the woman who is intermediate to advanced, who prioritizes groomed performance, and wants to start venturing off-piste. Who it's not for, a true beginner who is going to find the ski too stiff and too wide, and an expert is going to find it, unfortunately, not stiff and stable enough. But overall, it's a wonderful ski for someone who is ready to absolutely fly down the groomers and wants to go in moguls and trees.

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Salomon QST Lux 92 Skis

So, let's compare that to the Salomon QST Lux 92. Lux in the naming convention means women's specific. They do have a QST 92 which is unisex, but we're going to focus on the Lux today, as the women's specific model. The Lux 92, with 92mm underfoot, is where we start really getting into a more freeride-focused ski. Freeride meaning off-piste essentially. This ski is going to be for someone who likes those off-piste conditions, who is looking to hit the moguls, hit the trees, more often than not. It is also light, and believe it or not, it's lighter than the Black Pearl, even though it is a wider ski. This ski is going to be accessible to someone who also wants to get into the backcountry.

So, who is this ski really for? It's for a more advanced skier. Once we start getting into the 90-millimeter waist width, you kind of want to be more advanced. An upper intermediate skier will still be comfortable, but really it's more for an advanced woman, someone who prioritizes that lightweight nature, who maybe does want to go in the backcountry. But if they want to stay at the resort, this is still a great option. Really, for that off-piste skiing, it's going to be light and maneuverable in trees and moguls and wide enough to still have some float in powder. Obviously, a beginner is not going to like this ski and a lower intermediate is going to find it a little difficult to control. A true expert will want something more stable, potentially wider as well.

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Similarities and Differences

So, how are these two skis similar? They do have a good bit of overlap because they're in that 88-92 range. They are going to be happy on the front side for those skiers who want to hit the groomers and be comfortable. They're both going to be great options for an advanced skier. The Black Pearl is going to be more front-side focused because it is narrower and a little heavier. It's going to be more stable, so the East Coasters are really going to prefer the Black Pearl over the QST Lux 92. On the flip side, the QST Lux 92 is going to be preferred by someone who wants to be more off-piste, be in that lighter, softer snow, and really values that lightweight maneuverability and wants to hit the trees and the moguls.

So, which one is right for you? Well, at this point, you might have an idea, but if not, that's okay. Feel free to reach out to me or another ski expert here at curated.com, and we'll help you find your perfect ski!

Comparison Table

ProductBlizzard Black Pearl 88Salomon Q St. Lux 92
Product Characteristics88mm waist width, teten layer for stability92mm waist width, lighter, women's specific
Best ForIntermediate to advanced skiers, groomed performance, off-piste venturesAdvanced skiers, off-piste conditions, backcountry
LimitationsNot ideal for high snow and powder, too stiff for beginnersDifficult for beginners and lower intermediates, may lack stability for experts

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I learned how to ski before I learned how to ride a bike! I grew up shredding my local hill at The Grand Geneva in Wisconsin, but I always had dreams of moving to the mountains after every family ski trip. I made my dream a reality when my husband and I moved to Colorado in 2018. We are the definition of Weekend Warriors, as we ski 70+ days each season while still maintaining a 9 to 5! I've made it my mission to ski every resort in Colorado (I've skied 14 in state so far). Breckenridge is my personal favorite (and the closest to my home), but I've grown to love the independent resorts like Monarch and A-Basin. I've checked off skiing in California and Utah and can't wait to plan the next out-of-state trip. From green catwalks to double-black bowls, there isn't a ski run that doesn't make me smile! Although I'm an aspiring ski bum, I work full time as a Program Manager in internal operations at a global consulting firm. In addition to skiing for fun, I also volunteer at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park. When I'm not skiing, I'm learning how to snowboard. When it's not possible to ski or snowboard, you can find me mountain biking or hiking with my three rescue dogs. I love finding my new favorite ski gear, and I hope to help you find your new favorites too!
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Lauren Dobbins, Ski Expert
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Lauren Dobbins
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I learned how to ski before I learned how to ride a bike! I grew up shredding my local hill at The Grand Geneva in Wisconsin, but I always had dreams of moving to the mountains after every family ski trip. I made my dream a reality when my husband and I moved to Colorado in 2018. We are the definition of Weekend Warriors, as we ski 70+ days each season while still maintaining a 9 to 5! I've made it my mission to ski every resort in Colorado (I've skied 14 in state so far). Breckenridge is my personal favorite (and the closest to my home), but I've grown to love the independent resorts like Monarch and A-Basin. I've checked off skiing in California and Utah and can't wait to plan the next out-of-state trip. From green catwalks to double-black bowls, there isn't a ski run that doesn't make me smile! Although I'm an aspiring ski bum, I work full time as a Program Manager in internal operations at a global consulting firm. In addition to skiing for fun, I also volunteer at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park. When I'm not skiing, I'm learning how to snowboard. When it's not possible to ski or snowboard, you can find me mountain biking or hiking with my three rescue dogs. I love finding my new favorite ski gear, and I hope to help you find your new favorites too!
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