Month: April 2020

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!

2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Ski Review

In recent years, Elan's reputation as a top-tier ski manufacturer has received a significant boost by way of their Ripstick lineup. Positioned as all mountain freeride skis, the Elan Ripstick series has evolved over the years to include a range of widths and flex patterns, with options for men, women, and juniors. This year, the lineup receives yet another update as Elan has made adjustments to the core construction to take these skis to yet another level. We'll dive into some of those details here as we take a closer look at the 2021 Elan Ripstick 96. Click through to read our full review!

Top Five Fridays: April 3, 2020

This week in ski news, it's more Corona-coverage as the global pandemic continues to rule our world. The good news however, is that there's been a shift in focus within the ski world this week as industry leaders have turned their attention away from the fallout resulting from an unexpectedly short season, to finding ways to contribute towards the fight against Covid-19. We'll share with you multiple stories this week about how skiers are putting their resource to good use this week, while also sharing a handful of ski edits that hopefully take your mind off the situation at hand, at least temporarily. Learn all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Goggles for Docs Program Highlight

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.

2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti Ski Review

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!