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The Blizzard Black Pearl is a super-versatile women’s all-mountain ski for strong intermediate and advanced skiers that’ll serve up performance and fun all over the mountain. This year, Blizzard have introduced a women’s-specific version of their famous Flipcore technology, and not only does it make the ski perform flawlessly in any terrain, it has reduced the weight of Blizzard’s women’s skis by around 20%. It’s made up of a combination of a superlight wood core with lightweight carbon reinforcements, which is then flipped over to provide a natural-feeling flex, featherlight weight and enhanced stability that deals expertly with all snow conditions. Full sidewall construction keeps the torsional rigidity and edge grip strong, even when it’s bumpy out.
While it sits more at the piste-end of the all-mountain spectrum, the Black Pearl has a versatile 88mm waist, generous turn radius and a gentle tip and tail rocker that nod to, but don’t quite equate to a full freeride ski. But that doesn’t mean it can’t pull it out the bag when required. Ideal for someone who’s used to using piste skis but wants to make the transition to a freeride ski, or for someone who spends more time skiing hardpack, the Black Pearl provides the best of both worlds. It’s strong, grippy and reliable on hard snow, but agile, floaty and nimble through softer now when you do want to take it elsewhere.