Black Diamond Helio 88 Skis

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Black Diamond Helio 88 Skis and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: N/A (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.1 stars 
Expert Rating: N/A stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 7

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Holds a stable edge at high speed
  • Very lightweight for the uphill.
  • Provides ample float on soft snow powder.
  • Efficient traveling while ascending due to the lighter weight and construction
  • Works very well on hard-packed snow due to the construction and lighter weight.

Expert Reviews

  • Able to hold a solid edge on hardpack snow.
  • Plenty of grip in most conditions.
  • Gives a snappy rebound on each turn.
  • Great ski for spring tours to hold a good edge and float in overdone snow.
  • Balances flotation and flex to ski efficiently below the surface.
  • Versatile in many conditions for a wide range of performance capabilities.
  • Able to ski on the soft snow, jump onto the hard snow, and provide easy turn initiation.
  • Fast while going up and stable while going down.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Recommended for advanced skiers due to the qualities and the construction.

Expert Reviews

  • Won’t perform as well as a sturdier ski would while going at full speed and holding an edge.


The Black Diamond Helio 88 Skis is a versatile, grippy, and lightweight option that is well-suited for advanced skiers who travel in a variety of snow conditions. Despite maybe not being as sturdy as a wider ski while going full speed and holding an edge, the ski is constructed to be stable and sturdy in almost all conditions. These skis are for backcountry skiers who want a wide range of performance capabilities.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3.