2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 78 Women's Skis 2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 78 Women's Skis 2

2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 78 Women’s Skis

Blizzard continues its dominant streak with the Black Pearl series by leaving the 78 unchanged for this upcoming year. The narrowest in the Black Pearl line, the 78 is the most front-side oriented of the group. Our testers have found that it is super quick edge to edge, and makes a lot of really fun turns. The success of the series cannot be understated, with a model for each and every skier out there.

Kristi Brown rocked the 163 cm and loved the torsional stiffness and edge hold that the skis provided. When you’re on a ski like this, it should be a pleasant, mindless experience. Kristi backs up that statement by saying that it’s a “dependable and delightfully diverse” ski with “no surprises.” For intermediate level skiers, this lack of surprises is a wonderful thing. She continues by stating that the skis are “easy to slide into turns and engage the ski.” For aspiring lady skiers, this is an excellent quality to have, to be sure.

Another fan of the 163 cm Black Pearl 78, Katrine Wolfgang gave high marks and praise to the stability, quickness, and playful nature of the skis. She had a very favorable overall impression of the ski and made some clean and simple observations. Katrine called them “stable and easy to turn” and “another great front side ski.” True, Katrine, there are a lot of great front side skis, and the Black Pearl 78 is certainly at the top of the class.

The most enthusiastic tester of the group was Danielle Nichols, who also skied the 163. She felt that it skied short, but that didn’t stop her glee. “Zippity do-dah!” she says. “Super fun—really playful. Really solid in the tip—great turn initiation.” That’s about as ringing of an endorsement as we’ve seen for any ski in the test, and we’re glad to have the awesomeness of the ski show through in the review. She obviously had a strong impression of the ski, and loved the torsional stiffness and edge hold that she was able to create. The stability and quickness were also bright spots for Danielle, and we can only assume that we’ll see her on the Black Pearl 78 again.

With a favorable shape for the front side of the hill, the 2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 78 is a true corduroy crusher. The skis hold a great edge, and while not abusive like a more race-oriented ski, they like being pushed and have a pretty high performance ceiling. The narrow waist will make the skis work great in the bumps, and the quick turning nature enhances tree skiing performance by a long shot. There’s a lot to like about the Black Pearl 78, and many front side enthusiasts—especially east coasters—will love the performance and edge grip.


Katrine Wolfgang SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 54Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Danielle Nichols SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Danielle Nichols

Age: 41Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse