2022 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Women's Skis
Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Womens Skis
The Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Women's Skis exhibit some of the traits that you might expect from a frontside carving ski, in a package that feels right at home all over the mountain. At 88mm underfoot, this ski offers cheetah-like speed edge to edge, both on and off-piste. The Pearl 88 uses a rocker-camber-rocker profile that gives the ski a no-compromise attitude. Early rise in the tips helps the forebody of the ski track straight though chop and chunks while proving just enough to float to get by when the snow gets soft. Camber underneath the boot helps the ski grip through carved turns on the piste, and a nearly flat tail offers the power needed to finish carves through the full radius of the turn. New for this year, Blizzard is introducing what they're calling "TrueBlend" wood core. The technology uses vertically laminated wood of varied density in the core to create a ski that flexes firmer underfoot and softer towards the ends of the ski. In softer snow, you'll come to appreciate the new agility offered by the TrueBlend core. Additionally, turn initiation gets easier as it takes less force to bend the tips into a carved turn. Don't be mistaken though, the old hard-charging DNA of this ski remains. Titanal metal and unidirectional carbon laminates in the tip and tails keep this ski calm through harsh snow conditions and warp speeds. If you dream of skiing sunny days, wide-open groomers and snaking bump lines with confident, controlled turns, the Blizzard Balck Pearl 88 is a stellar choice.
- Sidecut: 128/88/110 in 165 cm length
- Turn Radius: 14 meters at 165 cm length
- TrueBlend Wood Core
- Carbon Frame
- Fiberglass/Carbon Laminate
- Rocker/Camber/Rocker Profile
- Ability Level: Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers • Powder
I'd go with the 147 in that ski--nice and agile for improving and performance! Have fun!
I think the 153 is the proper size for you, even though we unfortunately don't have it in stock! I think the 165 is on the long side unless you know you prefer longer skis. I'd also check out the K2 Mindbender 90C Alliance in the 156, or the Salomon Stance 88 W in the 154 (a bit more performance in this one vs. K2, but similar to the Pearl). Have fun!
The Pearl 88 is a great choice for sure, I'd also check out the Volkl Yumi 84 and Atomic Maven 86. I don't think 153 is too short, and I don't think I'd recommend longer than a 160 in any of these models. Have fun!
The Sheeva strikes a nice balance between those skis on your list. They have more metal than the Ripsticks, but less than the Kenja. They're grippy underfoot for the icy conditions, and floaty in the tips and tails for the soft snow, crud, and tighter spots. The Pearl is great, but has a bit less grip and flotation. If you didn't find the 82's to be damp enough, my guess is that you'll have similar feelings about the 88. Have fun!
Between these two skis the Kenja is going to have the quicker turn with a 12 meter turn radius vs the 14 of the Black pearl. The Kenja is also 1mm wider in the tip and tail so you'll get a pretty similar level of float from both. The Kenja is built with Volkls 3D radius sidecut making it the more versatile of the two for turn shape and ease of use. Its a pretty close comparison but I think the Kenja will offer you a little bit more versatility.