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Top Five Fridays: May 22, 2020

Ski Reviews

This week in ski news, we find ourselves checking back in on the status of ski resorts that've reopened, as well as those that haven't. Once we give you the latest news on that front, we'll take a closer look at summer camps which typically start up for the year within the next couple of weeks, but are still unsure whether they'll be allowed to operate this time around. Plus, we'll bring you news from the FIS spring committee conference that's sure to make you feel some type of way, before rounding out the week by sharing news of an exciting backcountry resort being proposed in British Columbia, as well as a whole host of great edits. Check it all out right here in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2021 K2 Reckoner 102 Ski Review

If it feels like the 2020-2021 season is a bit of an overhaul in terms of new skis, you're more or less right. Keeping with that theme, K2 has done away with the Catamaran and Marksman skis of recent years, and is replacing them with the Reckoner series. Consisting of a Reckoner 102, 112, and 122, these twin tip skis look to contribute to the growing segment of skis which offer park capabilities while maintaining performance on groomers and in the sidecountry. This week, we're taking a closer look at the 2021 K2 Reckoner 102, the narrowest of the series, and one which we expect to see quite a bit of next year out on the slopes. So without further ado, we present to you our full review of the 2021 K2 Reckoner 102!

Top Five Fridays: May 15, 2020

This week's ski news is undoubtedly highlighted by a number of announcements regarding the reopening of ski resorts. Topping that list are Mt. Bachelor and Timberline Lodge in Oregon, both of which are officially back open for business, albeit under new Covid-19 guidelines. In addition to those details, we'll also share with you an update from the U.S. Ski Team who's been forced into a late start for their summer training, as well as a really interesting podcast interview with Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory. Finally, we round out this week's news by sharing the latest technology being used in the fight to return ski resorts to normalcy amidst a pandemic as well as a few great ski edits. Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this week's Top 5 Fridays!

2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97 Ski Review

For the 2020/2021 season, Blizzard Skis has decided to make the Bonafide, one of their most popular models, even better. "Not possible.," you say? Well, we didn't think so either to be honest. And yet here we are, with an updated version of one of skiing's most sought after skis and the results speak for themselves. Building heavily upon what they've already learned about making an expert level freeride ski, the team at Blizzard has made some subtle tweaks and adjustments in regards to the build of the Bonafide, and despite the subtlety, the changes have made a noticeable difference in the way the 2021 Bonafide skis. To find out all the details, check out this full review of the 2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97!

Top Five Fridays: May 8, 2020

Everybody breath in deep. Hold it. Now, exhale. Congratulations, we’ve made it. For the first time in what feels like forever, we’re bringing you an edition of Top 5 Fridays that’s packed with exciting ski news and isn’t completely dominated by the Coronavirus. Yes, the topic comes up, but the we also have actual updates regarding the U.S. Alpine and Freestyle teams, news of two new devices to transport skiers uphill, and an incredible, albeit heartbreaking story regarding Mikaela Shiffrin’s past season. Find out what you need to know in this relatively normal Top 5 Friday.

2021 Dynastar M-Free 108 Ski Review

As you may have heard, either through the grapevine or from our previous review of the 2021 Dynastar M-Pro 99, Dynastar is back for the 2021 season with an entirely new line of skis known as the "M-Line." Divided into three categories, the M-Pro, M-Free, and M-Tour, these brand new skis are an exciting breath of fresh air from one of our longtime favorite brands. This week we're sharing with you our full review of the 2021 Dynastar M-Free 108, a ski that we suspect you'll be seeing quite a bit of in the years to come. Find out why in our comprehensive review of this exciting new ski!

Top Five Fridays: May 1, 2020

This week, ski news feels a bit lighter than it has in recent months. Yes, we still find ourselves discussing coronavirus related topics much more than we'd prefer, but the subject matter feels more positive as resorts across the world are slowly finding ways to reopen. Plus, we'll also share with you updates from the Epic and Ikon Passes who have both released compensation plans to make things right with pass holders who feel they were gypped by having their seasons cut short. Finally, we'll also share with you two solid alternatives to skiing that might just help you retain your sanity through the summer months. Find out about all these topics and more in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Rallybird Ski Review

Today on Chairlift Chat, we're reviewing the all new 20201 Rossignol BLACKOPS Rallybird Women's Skis. So far this Spring, we've reviewed three skis from the new 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS lineup (the Holyshred, Sender, and Sender Ti), and we're extremely exciting to be bringing you a full review of what's arguably the flagship model from the female side of the line. While you may be familiar with some of the design techniques found within this ski, Rossignol's attention to detail means they've designed the Rallybird's construction to fit specifically within a female-focused size range. To find out more about this, and what it means for the performance of the ski, check out this full review of the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Rallybird!

Top Five Fridays: April 24, 2020

This week's ski news is sure to be controversial as the Coronavirus continues to have an undeniable impact on the ski industry. The controversy starts with highlight #1 as we share details of California ski resort Mt. Baldy's decision to reopen this week. Plus, we'll share some updates regarding ski access in the Aspen area, check in on the status of the upcoming ski season in New Zealand, and tell you about a pair of lawsuits being filed against Vail Resorts and Alterra by pass holders who feel gypped. Find out all the details from this week's ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2021 Volkl Revolt 104 Ski Review

If you're a fan of Volkl skis, and their Revolt line in particular, than you may have found yourself wondering why the series has offered a 95mm option, and a 121mm option, but no widths in between. Well, as it turns out, Volkl has been spending the last two years perfecting the Revolt 104 with the help of their freestyle and freeride athletes. The results, are incredible. Utilizing feedback from World Tour Athletes like Markus Eder, as well as more park-centric athletes such as Tom Ritsch, Volkl's goal was to make a twin-tip ski that excels on all terrain. After having the chance to test this ski in early March, we have to admit, the 2021 Volkl Revolt 104 was well worth the wait. Click through to get all the details in our full review of this exciting new ski!

Top Five Fridays: April 17, 2020

This week in ski news, corona-coverage continues, although fortunately for only half of this week's highlights. We'll start by sharing with you a couple of excellent articles from the Colorado Sun which detail a behind the scenes look of what went down as Colorado resorts were forced to close overnight on March 14th, as well as what's happening with international ski resort employees who've found themselves stranded. From there, we'll share news of a new gondola which claims the title of world's longest, before rounding the week out with a highlight regarding snow farming in Levi, Finland. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred Ski Review

What do you get when you prioritize all mountain, frontside capabilities, and add a dash of freestyle tendencies? The 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred. Previously known as the BLACKOPS 98, the Holyshred is a ski that will be well received by those who spent their younger years honing their skills in the terrain park, but have since lowered their rotation count and spend a considerable amount of time perfecting the art of the carve. It's also one of just two twin tips available from the freshly expanded Rossignol BLACKOPS lineup. In this review, we'll delve into the details and take a closer look at how Rossignol has built a ski that's sure to strike a sweet spot in the market. Learn more in this full review of the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred ski review!

Ten Ski Flicks to Help Pass the Quarantime

Finding yourself bored out of your mind trying to pass the quarantime? Yeah, we hear you, us too. But, don't worry! With all of this unexpected extra time, we've been digging deep into the crevices of the internet, finding some of the most entertaining full length ski flicks that you can watch for free from the comfort of your own home! If you're missing skiing and craving some wintery action, check out this list of ten ski flicks that're sure to help pass some time!

Top Five Fridays: April 10, 2020

This week in ski news, we have the dismal duty of continuing our Coronavirus coverage. As we continue acclimating to what would've been an unimaginable reality as little as a month ago, we've begun to be able to categorize Coronavirus coverage into three groups: retroactive looks into the past, where things stand in the present, and what the future ramifications of the pandemic might look like. We'll share with you an article from each category this week, before rounding out with something of a feel good piece regarding Vail ski patrollers and some of the best edits we discovered this week. Click through to see all you need to know from this week in skiing, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays.

2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ski Review

About a month ago, we took a closer look at the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, a totally new freeride ski design from Rossignol that combines the best elements from the rest of their ski lineups. It's also, a pretty burly ski, if only due to it's availability in longer lengths. This week, we're excited to take a closer look at the Sender Ti's younger brother, the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender. Built with similar specs (though certainly not identical, as you'll see), the BLACKOPS Sender is a far more friendly version of the ski, and one that we expect to see widely used on the slopes next season. To find out what makes this new ski so special, check out our full review of the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender!