A few weeks back, we reviewed the Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB, a decidedly frontside ski, and a category we arguably don’t discuss enough here on Chairlift Chat. So, after that review received a warm response, we decided to come back this week with a review of one of our favorite expert-level frontside skis: the 2023 K2 Disruption Ti2. Not technically a race ski, the Disruption Ti2 has race ski performance with K2 attitude, making it a hell of a ride on days when you’ve got some pent up aggression to let loose on the slopes. While it’s not for the faint of heart, the K2 Disruption Ti2 is an incredible ski for the right person, in the right mode. Check out this full review to learn more.
This week in ski news, we’ve got a good one for you as we dive into a triple header of heavy content. Starting in Park City, we’ll share with you the resolution of the ongoing contract negotiations, before turning our attention to two new legal challenges that Vail has found themselves up against. From there, we’ll also share a story from Black Mountain, New Hampshire that seems minor at the moment, but sheds light on an issue that we suspect will become a hot topic in the months and years ahead. Of course, we’ll also bring you the latest race results from the FIS World Cup, as well as our favorite edits of the week, so don’t hesitate to click through and find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
There seems to be a new trend in the ski industry to release next year’s most exciting skis an entire year early. As gear nerds, we’re not made about it as it means we get early looks and reasons to stay excited for what our favorite manufacturers have in store in the year ahead. Today, that trend continues as Volkl has just released the all new 2023 Kendo 88. We were lucky enough to spend some time on this ski out in Sun Valley recently, and we’re happy to say, Volkl nailed it. Click through to learn all about this new ski in this full review!
This week in ski news, we’ve got a double header of FIS World Cup updates, followed by a double header of Vail-based updates. To start, we’ll share with you news from the world of Alpine Racing, where Mikaela Shiffrin has just set a new FIS record. From there, we’ll check in with the men’s and women’s freeski teams who both had a strong showing last weekend in Mammoth. After knocking out that double header, we’ll bring you updates from Vail, where it seems as though they’re starting to make progress towards solving some of the employee-based problems that have plagued them so far this season. We’ll give you all the details and share some of our favorite edits from this week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
Since 2007, Atomic has offered one of the best powder skis on the market, the Bent Chetler 120. Since 2018, they’ve offered one of the best quiver-killing all mountain twin tips in the Bent Chetler 100. Now, for 2023, Atomic has expanded the Bent Chetler lineup to include a total of five incredible skis: the Bent 85, Bent 90, Bent 100, Bent 110, and Bent Chetler 120. We had the pleasure of hoping on theses skis last week for some test run, and now Atomic’s letting us share an official preview of this exciting new series. We’ll follow up with full individual reviews in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s take a look at the 2023 Atomic Bent Chetler Ski Series.
Being that it’s the first Friday of 2022, we would’ve loved to ring in the New Year in style, bringing you a full slate of positivity. Unfortunately, we don’t dictate the ski news, and we pride ourselves in keeping you up to date with the latest headlines, regardless of what they are. As such, we’ve got a pair of highlights this week that are sure to stir up some emotions regarding Vail Resorts and their Epic Pass. But, it’s not all negative news this week. In addition to those headlines, we’ve got FIS Alpine highlights, which bring some positive updates from the Shifrrin camp, as well as an update from Valemount, the mega-resort being planned in British Columbia. Learn more about those topics and catch our favorite edits from the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
Here on SkiEssentials, and across the ski industry in general, we’ve fallen into the pattern of only discussing certain types of skis. Mid-fat all mountain skis, free ride skis, powder skis… the categories that everyone knows and loves. That’s not necessarily the best, or most fair approach to discussing skis though as it neglects an entire category of frontside skis that serve their own, incredibly fun purpose: ripping groomers. This week, we’re refreshing our perspective on this category by reviewing the 2022 Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB Skis - a frontside ski that’s the perfect reminder of how much fun carving hard and fast down groomers can be.
This week in ski news, we’ve got some good news, and some bad news. In the world of ski racing, Ryan Cochran-Siegle put up his best result of the year, while Mikaela Shiffrin tested positive for Covid and was forced to sit on the sidelines. Speaking of which, Covid’s back, and it’s becoming troublesome at resorts across North America. We’ll share some of those details, as well as a story from Stöckli, and one from the Beijing Winter Olympics, where the race course is a big question mark for alpine athletes. To learn more about these highlights and to catch the best edits of the week, check out this edition of Top Five Fridays!
Back in the beginning of November, we shared with you an overview of the brand new Nordica Enforcer Unlimited series skis, designed to be a lighter weight, tour ready version of the Enforcers. At the time, all we could do was speculate on their performance as we didn’t yet have snow to try them on. Now, in the depths of December, we’ve had a chance to test both the Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited, and the Enforcer 94 Unlimited. Having already shared our review of the 104, we’re eager to share with you our pleasantly surprising review of the 94. Click through to give it a read!
Accessibility. It's one the most talked about concepts in skiing these days as we all look to make our great sport more inclusive. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but it's also a concept we've taken to heart for years now, as exemplified by our Annual Youth Ski Fundraiser where we help raise money to support local youth ski programs in our area. This year was another banner year for that program, thanks in no small part to you! Click through to get the full recap!
First and foremost, merry Christmas Eve to all of our readers who celebrate! Despite being a pseudo holiday for many, our commitment to ski news prevails this week as we bring you yet another Top Five Friday. This week, we have potentially the most competitive ski news ever as the FIS Alpine World Cup hosted races at a total of 5 venues last week. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., Copper Mountain played host to the 2021 Dew Tour. We’ll share all the results we can, as well as a couple of headlines from Vail resorts and Bode Miller in this extra special half-holiday edition of Top Five Fridays!
This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re doing something we might not do nearly enough of: reviewing ski boots. To be fair, reviewing boots is a bit trickier than reviewing skis as sometimes a tester’s foot and a the profile of a boot just simply aren’t a good match, making it hard to give an objective opinion. Fortunately for us, and therefore you, legendary Ski Essentials gear reviewer Bob St.Pierre’s foot is a perfect match for the Tecnica Cochise series, and he was eager to take us through some of the pros and cons when choosing between the 2022 Tecnica Cochise 130 and the Cochise 120. If you’re someone who buys boots based on numbers alone, this review might provide some enlightening insights. Don’t take our word for it though, click through to read Bob’s full review of these two excellent ski boots!
This week in ski news, we’ve got a bunch of exciting USST Alpine Ski Racing coverage, ranging from race results to individual highlights. We’ll fill you in on the latest from Mikaela Shiffrin, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, and other USST athletes as our race coverage spans two highlights this time around. From there, we’ll share with you some exciting developments regarding the legendary Balsams Resort in New Hampshire, as well as a hopeful highlight from Breckenridge’s recently unionized ski patrol. Of course, we’ll round things out as we always do, with a batch of super exciting ski edits. Catch up on all you need to know from this week in ski news in this installment of Top Five Fridays!
A little over a month ago, we were lucky enough to get the green light from Nordica to share a preview of their brand new 2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited skis. Built as a lightweight counterpart to their Enforcer series, with sights set on becoming a touring option for Enforcer fans, we were immediately intrigued by the potential of these new Enforcer Unlimiteds. But, there wasn’t snow for us to test upon, so we had to practice a lesson in patience. This week, our patience paid off as we finally got to put the 2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited on snow, and boy oh boy were these things fun. We’ll tell you all about it, with great excitement, in our full review of these amazing new skis.