If you follow SkiEssentials on social media (if you don't, you should!), then you're likely already aware of our efforts to rally support behind an inctedible new organization called Goggles for Docs. In short, their mission is this: to provide eye protection to nurses and doctors on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic, specifically by collecting and distributing ski goggles. Last night, Jeff chatted with Mike Halperin, one of the organizers behind the effort to learn more about how the effort got started, where it stands, and most importantly, how people like you can help. Regardless of who you are, we highly encourage you to give this interview a read (or watch via YouTube), and do what you can to help the fight against Coronavirus.
If you're starting to think 2021 is a bit of a reload season in terms of brands launching new product lines, then you're right. We've already shared with you plenty of new 2021 ski reviews, and this week we keep that trend going by taking a closer look at the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti, a super fun, directional ski that unlocks a world of edge to edge possibilities. Click through to learn the ins and outs of this exciting ski in our full review of the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti!
This week in ski news, we continue our coverage of all things Corona as we continue to live through a global pandemic at the height of the peak of its power. As a result, 3/4 of our highlights this week are influenced by the virus, as we share the latest in ideologies surrounding uphill skiing, an early look at the economic impact of the virus on the ski industry, and an Austrian resort's role in dispersing the illness across Europe.Fortunately, we also have some non-viral ski news to share from the world of ski racing as well as a slew of great edits. Check it all out in this week's Top 5 Friday!
Ski touring has seen an absolute explosion in interest in recent years, resulting in an equivalent amount of growth of equipment development within the category. Just two years ago Salomon changed the game with the introduction of their Shift binding which gave skiers the ability to use the same binding for downhill days at the resort, as well as uphill skiing on touring days. Now, Marker looks to give skiers a second option with the Duke PT, a binding in which the entire toe piece can be swapped to provide an unparalleled downhill experience from a touring binding. There's plenty to learn about this exciting and unique new binding, so we encourage you to check out our review of the Marker Duke PT Touring Binding as soon as you have the chance!
New from Salomon for 2021 is the Stance series: a lineup of freeride skis that borrow concepts from Salomon's well liked QST and XDR lines, packaging them in a series of versatile all mountain freeride skis. We previously reviewed the 2021 Salomon Stance 96, and now we're excited to share our thoughts on that skis wider sibling, the Stance 102. With it's QST 106 inspired rocker, C/FX core, and dual titanal frame, the Stance 102 is an impressive ski, and one that should be well received by those looking for a powerful, yet manageable ride. To get a more comprehensive version of our thoughts, as well as some of the technical specs of this ski, click through to check out our review of the 2021 Salomon Stance 102!
Well, if last week's Top 5 Friday recap was surreal, then this week's is downright depressing. Unfortunately though, we're living through unprecedented times as Covid-19 has forced ski resorts across the world to shut down for the season prematurely. We'll spend most of our energy this week discussing the situation at hand, sharing with you news from a chaotic weekend in Tahoe, as well as some things to consider if you're hoping to extend your season with some uphill skiing. Fortunately though, this week wasn't all bad as the 2020 X-Games Real Ski edits were released, providing some form of relief from an emotional week in skiing. Find out what you need to know in this week's Top 5 Fridays.
With mountains everywhere closed this week, and uphill skiing the only way for many skiers to take advantage of the snow, we figured we'd switch gears and review a piece of equipment that's often overlooked: the ski sock. While the world of ski socks is a world of great parity, we recently discovered a diamond in the rough in the Le Bent x Cody Townsend "Le Send" pro model sock. Packed with features that enhance Cody's tour-centric approach to skiing (Search YouTube for "The FIFTY"), the Le Send sock is the perfect choice for those looking to milk this season for every last possible turn. Click through to learn more in this full review!
If you've been getting the sense that there's a ton of new skis making their debut for the 2020-2021 ski season, then you're absolutely right. Dynastar is following that trend as well with the introduction of their new M-LINE skis. Divided into four categories (M-FREE, M-PRO, M-TOUR, and M-VERTICAL), this exciting update brings a slew of new construction techniques and approaches to four different categories of ski. We'll explore most of these skis in depth in the weeks and months ahead, but for now let's start by taking a closer look at one of our favorites: the 2021 Dynastar M-Pro 99. Built as a fun-forward, all mountain ripper, the M-Pro 99 had us stoked from the moment we pointed it down hill. To learn all about this exciting new ski, check out our full ski review, right here!
Well, there's no way around it. This is easily the most surreal Top 5 Friday we've ever written, thanks entirely to the Coronavirus. If you've caught any news whatsoever this week, then you're undoubtedly aware of the unprecedented impact that the virus has had on the entire world. Included in that statement is the world of sports, where numerous seasons and tournaments have been postponed or cancelled. Now, even our normally isolated world of skiing is beginning to feel the affects of the pandemic. We'll fill you in with what you need to know while trying out best to maintain some sort of normalcy in what is likely our least favorite Top 5 Friday of all time. Click through to read what you unfortunately need to know.
Wondering what Salomon has up their sleeves for the 2020-2021 season? Well, as it turns out, they've got an entire new series of skis coming out called the "Stance." As you may have noticed, there's been a growing trend of all mountain "freeride" skis over the last handful of years, with popular models like the Volk Mantra, Blizzard Bonafide, and Nordica Enforcer taking over the slopes. Now, Salomon is getting in on the fun with their Stance series- a lineup of 5 skis (3 men's, 2 women's) that take some of their signature construction techniques to an all mountain freeride ski. After giving these skis a few days on the hill, we're eager to share with you our thoughts in this review of the all new 2021 Salomon Stance 96. Spoiler alert: we loved them.
This week in ski news, our attention trends heavily towards the competitive side of the sport. As always this time of year, we'll start with a recap of last weekend's FIS World Cup Ski Racing results, before shifting our attention towards a couple of stories that ensure the end of this World Cup Season will be anything but normal. Plus, we'll recap the latest results from last week's Freeride World Tour stop in Ordino before rounding things out with some shocking news from Arapahoe Basin. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
New from Fischer for the 2021 season, is a hot pink edition of their popular Ranger 102 FR skis! While that's possibly the most important fact to keep in mind as you read this review, we'll also revisit some of the construction techniques and considerations used by Fischer to make their Ranger 102 FR one of the most beloved, versatile skis amongst a range of freeride and freestyle skis. Click through to learn more in this comprehensive ski review!
For 2021, Rossignol has taken the bold step of doing away with their popular 7 Series, and instead replacing it with the newly expanded, refocused BLACKOPS line. Taking from a range of concepts and construction techniques found across the Rossignol line, the new Black Ops series is a totally reimagined lineup of freeride skis. While at first we were nervous that the greatness of last year's Black Ops 98 and 118 skis would be lost in the mix, we quickly realized that the new BLACKOPS skis are an impressive improvement on an already fantastic ski. We'll start our exploration of this new line with a full review of the 2021 Rossignol Sender Ti Skis. Enjoy!
This week in the world of ski news, we find ourselves exploring the theme of "where people ski." At Aspen Snowmass, that discussion centers around their current skier-visit statistics which shows an increased use of the Ikon Pass, and a decreased use of local passes. We'll take a look at that story, as well as Denver's Ruby Hill Rail Yard which provides an opportunity for free skiing, as well as the PowderBee, a new search drone being developed for avalanche rescues. Plus, we'll update you with the latest from the FIS World Cup in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!