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Black Diamond
Route 88 Ski

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Speed is your friend.

For speedy ascents, big traverses, and multi-day trips, Black Diamond created the Route 88 Ski. BD's new Route series is a more versatile, damper, and stiffer version of their well-known Helio series—not to mention at a much lower price-point. The Route 88 is the thinnest and lightest member of the fleet, enabling you to move through the alpine quickly and efficiently.

When designing a lightweight touring ski, Black Diamond made sure they didn't sacrifice downhill performance. Constructed with a poplar wood core and a pre-preg fiberglass layup, the Route 88 is springy and playful, while maintaining torsional rigidity and stiffness, ensuring a smooth descent in all kinds of conditions. The early rise tip keeps you afloat in fresh snow, and camber underfoot keeps you stable and controlled while you're ripping turns down a chute. Plus, you'll be stoked about the short, snappy turn radius when it's time to put your jump turns to the test at the top of a gnarly entrance.


  • A lightweight touring ski for big days and multi-day trips
  • 88mm waist handles firm snow and technical lines
  • Early rise tip keeps you afloat in fresh snow
  • Camber underfoot handles firm, variable conditions
  • Poplar wood core is springy and playful
  • Pre-preg fiberglass layup maintains torsional rigidity
  • Short, snappy turn radius for maneuvering sketchy terrain
  • Item #BLD00PA
158cm, 168cm, 178cm
[158cm] 119 / 88 / 110mm, [168cm] 121 / 88 / 111mm, [178cm] 123 / 88 / 112mm
Turn Radius
[158cm] 17m, [168cm] 17m, [178cm] 18m
semi-rocker tip, traditional camber
flat-top (sandwich)
poplar wood, pre-preg fiberglass
Claimed Weight
(pair) 6lb 13oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year