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Black Diamond Helio 88 Alpine Touring Ski

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Helio 88 Ski

Weighing in at just over 5 pounds per pair, Black Diamond's Helio 88 Ski is at home on long tours or quick ascents. Built with a redesigned pre-preg carbon fiber layup for better vibration dampening and more torsional stiffness than the previous version, and the same ultralight balsa flax wood core for a featherweight feel, it's ravenous for long approaches, technically demanding ascents, and fast climbing. For ski-mountaineering racers, high-altitude die-hards, and dawn-to-dusk expeditioners searching for a bit of levity, these skis are an instant game-changer.

Though the Helio 88 feels like two buoyant balloons attached to your boots, you won't feel like they're floating away from you when you lock your heels in for the descent. The ABS sidewalls and the durable, chatter-gobbling sandwich construction provides burly torsional rigidity, reliable edge grip, and a smooth, stiff flex for aggressive performance on hard snow, while the early rise tip and tail lend a touch of float and reduce your effort while breaking trail. After all, with the Helio's weight savings, you're sure to be at the front of the pack time after time.

  • Ultralight skis for blazing fast ascents
  • Technically focused 88mm waist width is quick and nimble
  • Early rise tip and tail efficiently break trail
  • Engineered balsa flax wood keeps ski lightweight and poppy
  • Redesigned pre-preg carbon fiber layup ensures a damp, stiff ride
  • Durable ABS sidewalls provide reliable edge grip and added stability
  • Integrated skin clip tab keeps skins securely in place
  • Item #BLD00UM

158cm, 168cm, 178cm
[158cm] 119 / 88 / 110mm, [168cm] 121 / 88 / 111mm, [178cm] 123 / 88 / 112mm
Turn Radius
[158 cm] 17m, [168 cm] 18m, [178 cm] 16m
early rise tip and tail, camber underfoot
balsa flax wood
Claimed Weight
[pair, 158 cm] 4lb 9oz, [pair, 168 cm] 5lb 3oz, [pair, 178 cm] 5lb 13oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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What size for 6' male weighing 180 lbs? Strong skier. Location northern Vermont.


Thinking about getting a pair of skis that would perform both in the backcountry and on-piste. How would these skis hold up to some of the icier, rougher snow that we have to navigate here on the east coast?