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Speed-focused backcountry travelers revel in the light is right mantra, but exactly how light is right? The Black Diamond Helio 88 Carbon Ski proudly proclaims that 5lb per pair is about right. And yes, you read that right—per pair. Built with a pre-preg carbon fiber layup and an ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core, the Helio 88 is the skinniest of BD's featherweight Helio line. and 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 rando boots, you won't feel like they're floating away from you when you lock your heels in for the descent. 5mm beveled ABS sidewalls and the durable, chatter-gobbling sandwich construction provides burly torsional rigidity and a smooth, stiff flex for aggressive, formidable performance on hard snow. An early rise tip and ABS tail protector with integrated skin clip lend a touch of float and reduce 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 skimo ascents
  • Technically focused 88mm waist width is quick and nimble
  • Early rise tip and tail efficiently breaks trail
  • Engineered balsa flax wood core is damp and lightweight
  • Pre-preg carbon fiber layup provides torsional stiffness
  • Beveled ABS sidewalls and burly sandwich construction
  • Weighs in at a mere 5lb per 168cm pair
  • Not recommended for mounting with telemark bindings
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  • Q & A

Why are tele binding not recommended? Can you show me something that would work for tele skimo?

Hey Connor!

So, the reason for that is because of the way the ski was designed and pressed. The mounting zone of the ski is reinforced with a titanal plate that doesn't run all the way to the edge of the wood core. Because of how wide telemark binding need to be mounted, mounting of that type is not recommended for this ski. However, the next size up, the Helio 95 by Black Diamond, doesn't have that problem! Definitely check that out. And if you need any other gear suggestions, or have any other questions, contact me directly! Contact details above!

Helio Skis

BD Helio 88 Ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Are you an ambitious ski mountaineer or touring maniac? Look no further! The narrow waist and lightweight construction of the 88 makes it an idea choice for sub par backcountry snow conditions. This bad jackson can hold an edge on crud and hardpack while still floating decently in 3-7 inches of fresh snow. You will have no problems roasting your friends on the uphill at 5 pounds 13 ounces for a 178 cm pair. If you have additional questions on this ski please feel free to reach out. I have used black diamond ski products extensively the last 2 years and am more than happy to help you prepare your winter quiver. Please reach out at 801-204-4533 or by email at escherer@backcountry.com.