Month: October 2020

Top Five Fridays: October 30, 2020

Well, after being blessed with a reprieve from coronavirus headlines last week, we find ourselves right back in the thick of things as recent outbreaks in Europe have resulted in a number of headlines tying the pandemic to the ski industry. For starters, current reigning FIS Men’s Champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in the opening weekend of races in Soelden. Additionally, if that news wasn’t bad enough, further restrictions on ski resorts in Europe have the future of this year’s tour in question. We’ll tell all you about that, as well update you on the latest in regards to international staffing issues at North American ski resorts. Fortunately, we end this week on a high note as a number of ski resorts have officially opened for the season. Find out what you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Friday!


For installment #5 of our ongoing ski comparison series, we’re focusing on men’s all mountain skis in the mid-80mm waist range. While the skis in this category typically don’t receive the attention that their narrower, purely frontside counterparts, or slightly wider freeride oriented siblings do, they do feature the widest range of both applications and price points. Ranging from $399 to $1,250, and targeting everyone from intermediate skiers to particularly advanced skiers, this is likely the easiest category to chose the wrong ski in. To help ensure that you make the choice that’s best for you, we encourage you to check out our full comparison of 2021 Men’s Mid-80 MM All Mountain Skis!

Top Five Fridays: October 23, 2020

This week in ski news, we touch on a range of topics while somehow managing to avoid mentioning Covid-19 almost entirely! For starters, we’ll recap the first FIS races of the season which featured a pair of unlikely gold medalists. From there we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from the world of Eric Pollard, where big changes are afoot. Finally, we’ll share a story from CO where an avalanche incident has resulted in criminal charges, as well as a story that highlights a pair of initiatives that further prove the outdoor industry is a global leader for positive change. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!


In the fourth episode of our ongoing series comparing 2021 skis, we dive into a recap of 2021 Men’s Frontside skis. Narrow, stable, and built to carve, this category of ski isn’t for everyone, but those who dream of corduroy are going to love this comparison guide. In this category, skis vary widely in the skill level they’re most appropriate for, meaning it’s entirely possible that skiers shopping for a frontside ski could be significantly underwhelmed or overwhelmed by their purchase if they don’t know what they’re getting into. For example, an intermediate skier would find love the 2021 Volkl Deacon 79, while ex ski racers or beer league champions would strongly prefer the 2021 Rossignol Hero Athlete GS. If you’re looking into a 2021 Men’s Frontside ski, check out this guide to help ensure you’re buying the right ski for you!

Top Five Fridays: October 16, 2020

This week’s ski news brings some definite highlights, and some even more definitive lowlights. Starting on a high note, we’re excited to share the news that the 2020-2021 FIS World Cup Tour is officially set to get under way in Soelden, Austria this weekend! Unfortunately though, Mikaela Shiffrin will not be taking the course. We’ll tell you why, while also sharing the latest guidelines from Colorado’s government regarding ski area operations, news of a devastating ski factory fire, and an update from Europe, where last season’s snow is being used to open multiple resorts this month. Find out the ski news you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Fridays!


As you likely know by now, one of our core beliefs at SkiEssentials is that there really aren’t any bad skis anymore, some skis are just better suited to an individual’s particular style and ability. As such, when it comes to buying skis, the trick isn’t to buy the “best” ski, it’s to sort through your options to discover which one is best for you. In the third installment of our 2021 ski comparisons, we’ll take a look at Men’s Freeride skis in the Mid 100mm category. From skis with attitude such as the Stöckli Stormrider 105, to more playful twin tips like the 2021 Line Sir Francis Bacon, this article looks to walk you through this year’s options, ultimately helping you narrow down your options. Click through to check out all the details!


Next up in this year’s ski comparison guide series are the Men’s ~100mm All Mountain Skis. Being one of the most popular categories of skis available, there’s quite a bit of variation amongst this group of skis, from those with freestyle tendencies like the 2021 Line Blend or the 2021 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, to the more serious minded Kastle MX98. Of course with so many great options available in such a wide range of styles, it can be hard to figure out which ski is right for you. As it so happens, that’s exactly why we wrote this article. Click through to find out which 2021 Men’s 100mm All Mountain ski is best suites your style!

Top Five Fridays: October 9, 2020

As expected, we saw a bit of a resurgence in the world of ski news this week, although unfortunately it wasn’t all for the best. On top of this week’s updates is the announcement that Powder Magazine, a staple in the ski community for nearly 50 years, will be suspending its operations indefinitely. We’ll tell you more about that before moving onto more positive highlights, such as the explosive growth in sales of the Indy Pass and schedule announcements from both the FIS World Cup and the Freeride World Tour. Plus, as always, we’ll share our favorite edits from this week in skiing. Find out more about the latest in ski news in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: October 2, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves revisiting a handful of stories that have become recurring themes over the course of the past year, albeit from new angles. For starters, we’ll bring you up to speed in regards to the ongoing situation in Ischgl, Austria, where the resort town has found itself international crosshairs due to its role in enabling the spread of Covid-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic. From there, we’ll revisit ski town real estate, but from the perspective of buyers, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. Finally, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from Vail Resorts and development efforts at Utah’s Mayflower Mountain Resort. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!


Making its return for the third consecutive year is our ever popular ski companion series. Nowadays, it’s a skier’s market as just about every ski available could be considered high quality thanks to advances in construction and shaping techniques. While it’s comforting to know that “bad” skis are hard to come by, that’s certainly not to say that it’s easy to buy the “right” ski. Even within a particular category, skis can vary widely in what type of skier they’re best suited for. In our ski comparison series, we’ll break down a number of skis with the goal of helping you understand which might be the best option for your ability and style of skiing. This week, we kick things off with a companion of 2021 Men’s All Mountain Skis in the 90mm waist width range. Enjoy!