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Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis · Women's · 2024 · 147 cm

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Best for intermediate to advanced women skiers who prefer groomed runs.

Great for
  • Turn easeRockered tip gives easy turn initiation.
  • DurabilityGreat long term durability and reliability.
  • High speed stabilityStable at high speeds.
  • CarvingLoves to get up on edge and carve.
  • VersatilitySuits a wide range of skiers and conditions.
Avoid for
  • PlayfulnessNot particularly playful or freestyle oriented.
  • FlotationLimited floatation in deep powder.
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If you are looking for a ski that rips on groomers and cuts through crud but won’t bog you down in fresh snow, the Black Pearl 88 is your tried and true. The 88mm-waisted ski provides an unmatched level of versatility for intermediate to advanced skiers but is also strong enough for expert skiers who like to up the ante. Each ski is specifically designed by size to give that individual skier the experience they’re after, whether it’s casual cruising or laying it down. The TrueBlend Flipcore with a Women's Specific Design provides stability and strength, with a sidecut that can easily rotate between short, medium or long radius turns. Click in, have some fun and show 'em who's boss.

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4.98 average rating

Ski length (cm)147 cm
Age GroupAdult
GenderWomen's
Includes bindingsNo
Model year2024
Ski typeAll Mountain
Skill levelIntermediate, Advanced
Rocker profileRocker/Camber/Rocker
Tail profileFlat
Tail width (mm)108
Tip width (mm)126
Turning radius (m)11
Waist width (mm)88
TerrainAll mountain
Core/LaminatesCarbon, Metal, Wood

4.5/5
Leo Cocchiara owns this product
The Blizzard Black Pearl is the best selling women's ski of all time and for good reason. The Black Pearl's performance is satisfyingly classic in personality and suits a wide range of skiers from cautious intermediates to highly technical experts. It's just as happy a lower more casual speeds as it is a higher, more aggressive speeds. It's rockered tip... Read more
Ideal for
  • Versatile to intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers
  • Easy turn initiation, great high speed stability, and excellent carving properties
  • Great long term durability, reliability, and performance for East to West skiing
Not ideal for
  • Very traditional style that's not particularly playful or freestyle oriented
  • The 88mm waist width has limited floatation and will find it's limit around 4-6"
  • Heavier and more powerful skiers will want more backbone
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Leo Cocchiara
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3.3/5
Bryant Leech tested this product
This is an expert level women's ski in every sense of the word expert. It demands precise form predicated on a forward stance. This is not a ski you can sit in the backseat at all and hope it will help you turn. This is a ski that requires YOU to make the turn and will not help you with... Read more
Ideal for
  • This ski has unlimited stability at speed
  • This is made for very proficient skier
  • Love to carve
Not ideal for
  • Very little versatility
  • Difficult in bumps without very strong form
  • Doesn't float well compared to other skis
Reviewed by:
Bryant Leech
Ski Expert
4.9/5
Cat Leonowicz tested this product
I was amazed when riding this ski just how easy it was to maneuver and get around. This ski was easy to get on edge and initiate fast quick carved-around turns. The wood core made the ski pop around turns but able to float freely through a light layer of powder. I was additionally impressed that even with an 88... Read more
Ideal for
  • Really fun easy ski to ride
  • Super easy to carve on
  • Excellent ski for all types
Not ideal for
  • Top sheet scratches
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What do you love about this product?I love the Black Pearls because they deliver exactly what they promise: A high quality ski that will excel all...read more
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Why did you choose this product?When life gives you a pair of Black Pearls, you take them. Their reputation for high quality and performance is...read more
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What is the value for the money versus other options?The real value in the Black Pearl is how approachable it is for a multitude of skiers. I can put...read more
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What was your favorite moment with this gear?My favorite moment of skiing the Black Pearls was on an average groomer day where the carving turns just really...read more
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Terrific responsive ski

Posted on Jan 8, 2024
Just returned to downhill skiing after 10 years. Now 69 yrs old. Skied today on not so perfect conditions, couldn’t have asked for a better ski to hold on the ice as well as groomed and some powder. Skied like I never missed a day.
JanetLocation: Plattsburgh, NY
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Fantastic skis

Posted on Aug 28, 2023
Took them out a few times this last winter and LOVED them. Great all around ski for me (medium advanced). I felt more in control, but they’re also light weight enough to fly pretty fast. Handled pow days as well as some spring slush conditions like a champ! Highly recommend for those that don’t live in a ski town and want something super versatile
KimLocation: Ramona, CA
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