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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!