Those big lines that weigh heavy on your mind all winter don’t come easy. They’re the kind of lines that require patience, careful planning, long approaches, and commitment. When going for lines like these, look no further than the Black Diamond Link 90 Ski to get you both up and down. Its light, solid, and built for long tours, hut-to-hut traverses, and lightweight backcountry missionsBeing the skinniest option in the Link series, the Link 90 comes in with a versatile 90mm waist that excels in mixed conditions and down techy lines. The profile, which consists of an early rise tip, traditional camber underfoot, and a flat tail, offers dependable edge hold when you need it, with an easy-to-turn feel whether you’re linking turns down a gentle slope, or survival skiing down an sun-capped face. To keep the weight down, BD utilized a lightweight paulownia wood core with pre-preg fiberglass laminates, giving the ski a softer, more backcountry-focused flex. Unwilling to sacrifice durability or power, the Link is built with 8mm ABS sidewalls that effectively transfer power to the edges for a solid and stable feel. New to this season is Black Diamond’s sidewall dampening system, which places a layer of rubber into the sidewall just in front of the boot in order to eliminate chatter and give the ski a damp feel when skiing in variable snow.