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Top Five Friday: July 10, 2020


This week in skiing, we’ve got a couple of topics that relate to the ongoing struggle that is 2020, as well as a couple of stories that are far more fun to discuss. On the downer side of things, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest announcements from Australian resorts Hotham and Falls Creek, where Vail announced they will be suspending lift operations until mid August. Plus, we’ll update you on the latest thoughts and feelings regarding work visa programs from the COOs of Deer Valley and Park City. Once those heavier topics are out of the way, we’ll share a letter from Bryce Bennett in which he expresses his opinion on the NCAA vs USST debate, before rounding things out with news regarding a heli-access season pass and a handful of great edits. Find out all you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Friday!

Top Five Fridays: July 3, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves bringing you two pretty significant updates to a pair of ongoing stories, as well as two highlights that focus on skiing’s role as leaders during difficult times. To kick things off, we’ll bring you the latest news from the FIS’s decisions to hold the 2021 World Skiing Championships in Cortina, Italy next February, as previously planned. Then, we’ll share an update to the proposal to bring a gondola to the base of Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon which could make the option even more promising. Finally, we’ll round things out with a story of activism from Aspen as well as the latest progress from Vail’s Epic Promise before sharing a few of our favorite edits from the week. Click through to learn all you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top Five Fridays: June 26, 2020

This week in ski news, we catch a break from the doom and gloom vibe of recent recaps, and instead have the opportunity to share a number of interesting stories. Headlining that list are reports that Squaw Valley is considering a name change as their current use of “Squaw” has derogatory roots. From there we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest from the world of Mikaela Shiffrin, who’s finally back on snow, before filling you in on what the latest foreign work visa restrictions mean for ski resorts. Finally, we’ll share a story from Steven’s Pass’s ski patrol unit before closing out the week with a handful of great videos. Spoiler alert: there’s a parrot. Click through to find out what you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top Five Fridays: June 19, 2020

This week in ski news, we bring you a mix of ongoing covid coverage, as well as some spicy topics involving disputes within the industry. On the covid side of things, we’ll share the latest reports on the pandemic’s impact on skiing (spoiler alert: it’s not good), as well as some insight from Deer Valley, where the resort’s CEO has reason to feel optimistic about the season ahead. In terms of disputes, we’ll share legal actions being taken by the Aspen Skiing Co. that aim to force Liftopia into bankruptcy, as well as an ongoing disagreement between the U.S. Ski Team and NCAA collegiate teams. Finally, we’ll round things out with the best edits we saw this week. Click through to learn what you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top 5 Fridays: June 12, 2020

This week in the world of ski news, we catch a bit of a break as there’s fortunately plenty of news to share that’s not negatively tied to recent events! First up on that list is the news that national ski teams across the world are finally beginning to get back on snow. We’ll give you the break down of who started training where, and when, before sharing some insight from Rob Katz in regards to what we can start to expect ski resorts to look like next season. Good news: it’s trending positively. Finally, we’ll round out with a couple of cool stories about an indoor ski area in Shanghai as well as a proposed gondola in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon before sharing a few ski videos from this week. Find out all you need to know from the latest in ski news in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: June 5, 2020

This week in ski news, we see a return to the unpleasant as real world issues have once again loomed larger enough to affect the ski industry. We'll start the week by sharing an open letter from Vail CEO Rob Katz in regards to recent race related events, before checking in on the latest updates from Covid-19's impact on the industry. Finally, we'll round things out by sharing news of an exciting new avalanche mitigation project from Utah's Department of Transportation, followed by a series of quality edits from this week in skiing. It's not our happiest weekly update, but it's full of news you need to know. Click through to learn more!

Rollerblade Skate To Ski with

For many skiers, the arrival of summertime and warm weather also comes with a sudden loss of physical exertion. Yes, there are plenty of summer sports that have their own merits, such as running, hiking, and mountain biking, but these activities have a decidedly different feel than skiing. There is however, one sport that's been overlooked in recent years but is beginning to see a bit of a resurgence in popularity. That sport, of course, is rollerblading. As those who partake in the sport can testify, rollerblading is undoubtedly the most similar warm-weather activity when it comes to duplicating the feeling you get on skis. Here at SkiEssentials, we've recently re-fallen in love with the sport, and are eager to get others on board. To start you on that journey, we'll be releasing our own guides that follow Rollerblade's Skate to Ski program. Click through to get started!

Top Five Fridays: May 29, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves inevitably discussing some covid related topics, although we like to think things feel a bit more positive this week. For starters, Arapahoe Basin has finally reopened, marking the return of skiing in Colorado. Plus, a rule change to the PPP loan program is increasing ski resort's ability to earn loan forgiveness, increasing the odds that they'll survive the shutdowns. Plus, we'll talk about how Covid-19 could have a significant impact on backcountry skiing next year before closing things out with news from an enticing program to promote tourism in Japan. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: May 22, 2020

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!