Tuckerman Ravine sits on the eastern side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington and is home to some of New England's most iconic ski lines, from the infamous Headwall to the perennial favorite Hillman's Highway. It's also a glacially-carved cirque -- a remnant of the last ice age, when a thick sheet of ice pushed down from Washington's summit along with thousands of tons of glacial debris, creating the steep-sided steep-skiing paradise we know today. Skiers flocking to Tuckerman Ravine every spring would be right to look at Black Diamond's new Cirque 84, a versatile mountaineering ski with a preference for steep and firm. Taking its cue from BD's previous offerings in the mid-fat category, the Cirque 84 uses a paulownia wood core and a hybrid sidewall/cap construction to provide a powerful and stable feel underfoot, but at a much lower weight and with a handy tip notch for quicker transitions. Whether you're dropping into a steep face at corn o'clock, or setting off on the Ortler Traverse, get a pair of Cirques on your feet and get ready to be impressed.
- Paulownia wood core and pre-preg carbon is a proven combo for ultralight skis, and BD added a titanal mounting plate to finish the sandwich.
- Angular sidewalls pair with cap construction to increase durability and provide a powerful, stable feel.
- White topsheet sheds snow, even when the May sun is beating down on you.
- The flat tail provides solid edge hold on bulletproof snow and is easy to insert into a pack loop for #booterfriday.
- Pair with a tip-rip skin for race-speed transitions in the backcountry.
|Lengths (cm)||157, 164, 171, 178|
|Weight (pair)||1840g 
|Turn Radius||17.5m 
|Skin Fix||Tip Notch|
|Profile||All conditions tip rise, flat tail, moderate camber|
|Shape||Round tip, medium radius, slight tapered tail|
|Construction||Ultralight Pre-preg carbon fiber layup, 5 mm beveled partial ABS sidewalls with semi-cap construction|
|Core||Engineered paulownia wood core|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Steep skiing,fast and light|
|Notes||ABS tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab|
|Bottom Line||Ultralight machine that can pick off technical couloirs|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
This ski feels really damp and stable for its size and weight, and in my experience their durability has been average if not better than average. Downhill performance is impressive too, as I usually do not enjoy skis this weight and size. They are excellent in firm snow, corn, and shallow powder, and have adequate performance in deeper powder and crud (what I would expect from a ski like this).
I only have two subjective gripes, the first is that I wish more skis like this were made in a slightly longer length, between 173 and 177 would be ideal, and that the graphics are boring and ugly.
That said, I would quickly recommend these skis to anyone looking for a dedicated ski mountaineering tool, who wants a mix of reliable, easy skiability in varied conditions, and low weight.
This is a "high utility" ski that offers predictability in variable conditions, good on-edge performance, and nimble movement. It is remarkably easy to pivot and jump turn with, and it is easy to handle in variable conditions. I wanted a ski that weighed a little less than the Backlands and floated a little more, and that's exactly what these are.
The ski isn't without limitations (there's a reason why we still have powder skis, right?) and it does feel a little nervous at speed - that being said, I've had it in 6" of fresh, where I found the rockered tip more than adequate at planing above the snow.
At just under 1kg, this ski is fantastic for long missions. I ski mine with a pair of Scarpa Alien RS boots, and the combination is phenomenal - responsive, fun to ski, and capable of performing well in a variety of conditions.
You could go up a size for that Blizzard-esque, straight-down-the-fall-line vibe, and to pair with bigger touring boots and more powerful technique; or down a size if you just can't quit your racer sensibilities and want to mount closer to pin-line and run race boots. For this season I chose to size down on the ski to give it more of a race-ski-ish feel and to match the spiritual center of my quiver, the Movement Gold Fish/Race Pro 71. I'll be using the Cirque 84 in a 171cm paired with Kreuzspitze/Ski Trab hybrid race binding, Colltex mohair skins and Alien 1.1 boots for much of my "day to day" touring up high this winter. Looking forward to putting the ski through its paces and seeing if it deserves a place among the mid-fat pantheon.
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