2024 Elan Ripstick 94 W Black Edition Ski Review: Lead Image

2024 Elan Ripstick 94 W Black Edition Ski Review

Ski Reviews

Pretty much from the moment the men’s Elan Ripstick Black Edition skis were released, a core sect of women’s Ripstick lovers immediately began demanding a women’s black edition ski. Amongst those was our very own Emily, who loved the 2023 Elan Ripstick 94 W, but whose aggressive skiing style badly wanted a more serious version of the ski. Luckily for Emily, as well as aggressive female skiers everywhere, Elan eventually heard the call and released the 2023 Elan Ripstick 94 W Black Edition. A carryover ski for 2024, Emily recently put the ski to the test, and while the black on black tiger stripe graphics are incredibly cool, they weren’t what impressed her most about the ski. To find out what did, click through and read her full review of the 2023/2024 Elan Ripstick 94 W Black Edition!

Top Five Fridays: February 3, 2023

This week in ski news, we’ve got something of a follow-up issue as we recap the results from a number of competitions that we previewed with you last week. We’ll kick things off as we always do this time of year, with the latest updates from the world of FIS alpine racing, where Shiffrin continues to tally up the gold medals. From there, we’ll bring you a recap of X Games results, including news of multiple never-been-done tricks. Finally, we round out our competition coverage with a recap of two Freeride World Tour events, followed by an update from Japanese ski culture. Find out all the news you need to know, and catch a number of great edits and event recaps, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Strafe Hayden Jacket & Summit Pants Review

Have you found yourself drooling over Bob’s outerwear kit in this year’s reviews? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lots of people have. This week, Bob put his pen to paper and wrote a bit about his Strafe Hayden Jacket and Summit Pants - an insulated kit that’s received plenty of compliments while simultaneously keeping him warm on the mountain. From fit to fabric, Bob breaks down the kit from head to toe in this review of the Strafe Hayden Jacket and Summit Pants. Enjoy!

2024 Rossignol Forza 70° V-Ti Ski Review

Here on the East Coast, we’ve had what you might call a “firm” start to the year. As such, we’ve been thinking more and more about how traditional frontside skis have become a bit overlooked, despite being the perfect tool for a vast majority of ski days. Case in point: the all new 2024 Rossignol Forza series. Numbered to indicated edge angle potential, the new Rossignol Forza series offers something for everyone, starting with the entry level Forza 20, right up to the Forza 70 Master. This week, we’ll be focusing on a review of the 2024 Rossignol Forza 70, while also touching on the Forza 70 Master, Forza 60, and Forza 50. If you’re someone whose considering buying a dedicated frontside ski next season, you’ll for sure want to have the Rossignol Forza series on your radar. Click through to find out why!

Top Five Fridays: January 27, 2023

This week in ski news, we’re talking about competition. As you’ve likely heard, Mikeala Shiffrin notched another two first place finishes, bringing her total to 84, and making her the most successful FIS female ski racer of all time. We’ll tell you all about that, as well as preview the upcoming X Games and Freeride World Tour stop, both of which are scheduled for this weekend. Finally, we round things out on a down note, as there’s big changes on the horizon for Warren Miller Entertainment. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 & 2024 Nordica Unleashed 108 Ski Review

Last week, we shared Emily’s review of the 2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 W, an exciting new ski from Nordica for the 2022-2023 season. Today, we’re following that up with a review of the 2023 Nordica Unleashed 108. Much like the Unleashed 98 W, we were super impressed by the 108’s versatility. By bringing Santa Ana influenced construction techniques into a twin tip shape, Nordica has created a powder ski that’s powerful while remaining versatile. To learn more about Bob’s experience on this excellent ski, click through and read our full review of the 2023 and 2024 Nordica Unleashed 108!

Armada Grands 3L Jacket & Emmons 3L Bibs Review

As we get deeper into the season, we're continuing the trend of reviewing the ski kits you see our team of reviewers wear as they put skis to the test. This week, Jeff's checking in with a review of his Armada Grands 3L Jacket and Emmons 3L Bibs. Between the fit, features, and price point, this setup comes highly recommended. Learn more by checking out this all new gear review, fresh off the press!

Top Five Fridays: January 20, 2023

Another week in the books, another round of ski news! This time around we’ve got a special edition of Top Five Fridays as Bob takes over highlight #1 to share some pretty significant announcements from the world of ski boots. After that, we’ll get back on track with coverage of the most recent FIS World Cup Alpine action, as well as a feel good story regarding Ukrainian refugees and a small ski area in Wyoming, and a story we’re very unsure about. Get the details of these highlights, as well as our favorite edits from the week, and more in this installment of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 W Ski Review

New from Nordica for the 2022/2023 season is the Unleashed series. Taking cues from both the Santa Ana and the Soul Rider, the Unleashed skis are unique in that they offer a powerful twin tip platform. This week, Emily takes us through the details beneath the topsheet of the 2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 W, showing us how they're made and how they ski. For someone like Emily whose skiing features a mix of powerful turns, bump runs, and switch skiing, the 2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 W proved to be a candidate for a one ski quiver. To read the full extent of her review, click through!

2024 Atomic Maverick 88 Ti Ski Review

Since it's inception a few years back, the Atomic Maverick 88 Ti has been a bit of the strong silent type. Often overlooked due to its boisterous competitors, the Maverick 88 Ti is an incredible all mountain ski for a wide swath of skiers. Easy to initiate, strong through the carve, and not overly temperamental about speed, we've been fans of the Atomic Maverick 88 Ti for years now, and we've decided it's finally time to give it its due in this complete ski review. Enjoy!

2023 Volkl Deacon 84: On Snow Ski Review

A few weeks back, we test drove a new format for shorter, on snow ski reviews when we brought you an on hill discussion of the 2023 Stockli Montero AR & AX. You all seemed to love it, so we're following the formula again today, bringing you an on snow ski review of the 2023 Volkl Deacon 84. Remaining unchanged, the Deacon 84 is an incredible strong, consistent ski that fans of this category have come to love. To learn more, click in and check out this on snow video review!

Top Five Fridays: January 13, 2023

This week on Top Five Fridays, you might catch a bit of déjà vu as we cover a handful of topics that continue to dominate ski news. First on that list is an update from Mikaela Shiffrin, who’s chasing both Lindsey Vonn and Ingmer Stenmark’s World Cup records. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest there, as well as the most recent weather reports which suggest that the atmospheric river that’s given all of this winter’s snow to just three states might be ready to move on. Finally, we’ll check in with an update from Utah’s Department of Transportation as well as a cool promotion from the Indy Pass and Native Campervans before rounding things out with an excellent batch of ski edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Black Crows Freebird XPore Pant & Jacket Kit Review

Now that we’re a couple months into our 2023-2024 ski review season, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the new kits that Bob, Jeff, and Emily have been rocking this season. Because our prolific ski review team finds themselves out on the hill testing skis in all conditions, we thought it’d be fun to start highlighting some of the kits they’re wearing this year. As such, we’re bringing you a review from Bob this week, as he breaks down the fit, functions, and features of his new Black Crows Freebird XPore Pants and Jacket. If you’re ready to learn more about some great, highly technical outerwear from Black Crows, go ahead and click through!

2022 Annual Youth Ski Fundraiser Recap

Well team, with your help, it’s been another successful annual fundraiser here at SkiEssentials, Pinnacle Ski and Sports, and now Basin Ski and Sports. With your help, our annual fundraising event raised a grand total of over $10,000! This year, we’re splitting that money between multiple youth ski groups, as well as the Stowe and Killington Fire and Rescue teams, whose crucial services are often overlooked. Click through to read a full recap of this year’s event, and find out just where exactly the money you donated is going. And once again, thank you all so much for your contribution to making this our most successful fundraiser ever!

2024 Blizzard Rustler & Sheeva: New Collection Overview

Well, it’s that time of year again- the time of year when brands start issuing early previews and releases of their most exciting skis for the year ahead! This week, we’re incredibly excited to share with you the news that Blizzard has just announced a full redesigned Rustler and Sheeva line, taking what they learned from an already incredible series of skis and making them more playful, powerful, and fun than ever before. After having the chance to ride these new skis and learn more about them last week, we’re extremely excited to share with you all there is to know about their updated construction details, as well as our initial impressions. If you’re as excited about being in early release season as we are, don’t wait a second longer - click through and check out this exciting new batch of skis from Blizzard!