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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
It’s a big week here on Top Five Fridays for one simple reason: it’s the first installment of 2023! As exciting as that is, we have to admit, this week’s headlines feel like a continuation of last week’s as we’re once again talking about Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of Lindsey Vonn’s record, as well as winter conditions across the world. In addition to these updates, we also have news from a schedule adjustment for the Freeride World Tour, as well as a cool story coming out of Colorado about getting more veterans involved in backcountry skiing. Finally, we end on a somber note as we pay tribute to the legendary action sports Ken Block who passed away this week. Find out all you need to know from the world of ski news, the good and the bad, in this edition of Top Five Fridays.
Redesigned for 2023, the Black Crows Captis features subtle yet significant changes to the skis shape that result in an even better all mountain experience than ever before. With a 90mm waist and a true twin tip design, the 2023 Black Crows Captis is one of the most fun all mountain freestyle skis on the market. In this review, we get both Bob and Jeff’s take on the ski as their overlapping approaches to the mountain find something for both of them to love in the 2023 edition of the Black Crows Captis. Now, without further ado, go ahead and learn all about this exciting new ski!
Well, it’s finally here: the final week of the 2022 calendar! This year, we end with a bang as this week’s ski news is chock full of interesting news, undoubtedly highlighted by an incredible weekend for both Mikaela Shiffrin and her teammate Paula Moltzan. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from the world of ski racing, before sharing some climate related news, an interesting article about Niseko, Japan’s desperate need for employees, and an interesting new way of selling lift tickets being tested by Aspen Snowmass. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in the final Top Five Fridays of the year. Enjoy!
In recent years, there’s been a trend in popularity towards more freeride feeling, all mountain skis. Skis that are equally capable in soft snow and carving down groomed slopes. While these skis are incredibly fun and we love them in most conditions, the fact of the matter is that firm, icy conditions are common, particularly here on the east coast. In these conditions, the right tool for the job is a more race inspired ski, such as the Head Supershape e-Rally. For expert level skiers that love the feeling of laying down hard race-like turns on hardpack slopes, Head’s e-Rally is an incredibly fun, powerful ski. This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re diving into what makes this ski so special while also sharing some words on Tyrolia’s new Protector 13 binding which comes with the e-Rally as a system binding. For all you hard charging frontside skiers, this one’s for you. Enjoy!