2015 Blizzard Black Pearl ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s All-Mountain Front Category.

“This is a true all-mountain ski,” says Van Deursen. “It’s fun on groomers, soft bumps, crud—and felt stable everywhere.” Testers gave the Black Pearl high scores across the board, particularly for versatility. The 88-mm-waisted ski features Blizzard’s Flip Core Technology, which, true to name, flips the core upside down in the production process to create tip and tail rocker and slight camber underfoot without bending the ski. Construction includes a sandwich compound sidewall and a wood core made with poplar, bamboo and titanium. Sibley notes, “It’s stiff in the front, but I appreciate the stability at higher speeds.” Pugliese calls it “unflappable” and Van Riper dubs it a “graceful charger” and “a perfect high-level women’s ski.”