Fat and light.

Sure, it's rewarding to climb and ski from some remote, rarely-visited summit, but let's be honest; skiing bottomless pow is what it's really all about. And when it comes to accessing those far-flung powder stashes, few skis are as well-equipped to take you deep into the backcountry, and keep a pow-plastered smile on your face all day, as the Black Diamond Helio 116 Ski.

Being the widest offering in the Helio line, this large-and-in-charge ski is ideal for those days when breaking trail is going to require some extra effort, but the descent is going to be deep and dreamy. The wide 116mm waist works with the early rise tip and tail to float deep powder, and the playful profile gives this ski a pivoty, powder-friendly feel that will slash and burn turns through the trees and scrub speed quick when you're mashing pow on steep, technical lines.

Putting all that drool-worthy powder tech aside, the Helio 116 still maintains all the weight-saving tech of the more firm-snow-oriented offerings in the Helio lineup. For starters, the ski is built with a pre-preg carbon fiber layup that keeps the ski ridiculously light (just under seven pounds in the 176cm) while maintaining a balanced and predictable flex, so you can lay into each turn with confidence. ABS sidewalls boost the overall durability of the ski, while the engineered balsa flax wood core keeps weight to a minimum, despite the ski's sandwich construction.

  • A lightweight touring ski with hefty dimensions
  • 116mm waist width floats deep pow with ease
  • Early rise tip and tail gives a playful feel in powder
  • Pre-preg carbon fiber layup saves weight and gives a balanced flex
  • Engineered balsa flax wood core is ultralight
  • ABS sidewalls increase durability
  • Tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

lighter than skiblades

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 6'5" 235. The 186 skis like a GS race ski carving big ruts all the way down groomers then bounces around the woods like a big mountain powder ski. All this yet the lightest touring setup for someone my size. I was suspicious the boxes were empty when delivered.

lighter than skiblades

Helio Skis

The King of the Pow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There are many options out there when it comes to backcountry pow skis. This ski replaces the much sought after Carbon Megawatt in BDs ultralight touring lineup. With changes in both waist width and overall construction BD has managed to make a lighter more responsive ski that floats through the deepest powder with ease. Camber underfoot keeps you glued to the skin track and lightweight construction like the rest of the Helio line helps you punish the uphill. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions. I will personally help you place your order on the right ski setup. Reach out at - 801-204-4533 or escherer@backcountry.com