Month: November 2020

Top Five Fridays: November 27, 2020

This week in skiing, the news took a turn for the regular as we were blessed with a cycle that felt almost normal for this time of year. We’ll start, as per usual in November, with a recap of the latest FIS World Cup Ski Racing. From there we’ll briefly check in on the latest Covid-19 news by focusing on a pair of stories coming out of Colorado, before turning our attention to two University of Utah scientists who think they know how to make powder. Finally we’ll round out this week with an amusing story from the New York Times that deals with ski patrollers, facial hair, and sacrifice. Find out all the stories you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: November 20, 2020

This week’s ski news brings a bit of a mixed bag, as we cover some exciting, worrisome, and downright interesting news. For starters, we’ll preview this weekend’s upcoming races in Levi, Finland, where Mikaela Shiffirn is set to return to competition after exactly 300 days away. From there, we have the unfortunate task of keeping you up to date with the latest in ski resort operating procedures, as well as how the pandemic is affecting ski town economies. Finally, we’ll round things out with the story of Cimarron Ski Resort in Colorado, where the final seven memberships were just sold within a matter of weeks, with a price tag of $3 million a piece. Find out all you need to know from the world of skiing in this week’s Top 5 Fridays!

How to Choose a Complete Alpine Ski Package

If you’re a follower of Chairlift Chat, then you’ve undoubtedly seen our annual ski comparison guides. While we always love putting those together as they give us a chance to explore all of the details of this season’s latest skis, we also realize that for a lot of skiers, the price tag is what matters most. For that reason, SkiEssentials is proud to offer affordable ski packages featuring brand new skis, boots, bindings, and poles. If a budget-friendly ski option sounds like the right lane for you, check out this guide on How to Choose a Complete Alpine Ski Package!

Top Five Fridays: November 13, 2020

This week in ski news, we do our best to strike a balance between the discussions we need to have, and the ones we want to have. In terms of necessary discussions, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest preseason preparations across the nation with a triple set of stories highlighting the season ahead. We’ll also update you on a strict policy impacting vacationers heading to Colorado’s Summit County. Then, we’ll share two stories that we want to talk about: a lawsuit that questions whether or not backcountry zones can be considered trade secrets, and some exciting news from Saddleback Resort in Maine. Find out all the news you need to know in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!


This week in our ongoing ski comparison series, we take a closer look at 2021 Men’s All Mountain skis in the mid 90mm waist range. Arguably the most popular category of men’s skis, the options in this segment are also some of the most versatile, making excellent daily drivers for a wide range of ski conditions. For some, the skis in this category could also be candidates for a one-ski quiver as their width makes them capable of high performance on both groomers and in softer snow. If this sounds like your type of ski, check out to see how they compare!

Top Five Fridays: November 6, 2020

This week in ski news, we’re feeling what some might call the preseason-jitters, although this time around they feel quite unlike any other year. With the start of the ski season already underway in some places, and set to start within weeks across wide swaths of North America, headlines this week focused on what Covid-19 could mean for the season ahead. We’ll share a number of stories centered around this theme, as well as updates from the FIS World Cup and Freeride World Tour, both of which announced schedule adjustments this week. Find out what you need to know and catch our favorite ski edits from this week in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!


Now that we've discussed a bulk of the 2021 men's ski options, we're excited to finally be ready to swing over the women's side of the sport. To kick things off for the ladies, we're covering on of the most sought after ski segments: Women's All Mountain skis in the ~90mm waist range. From soft and playful to super super serious, there's a lot of variety in this category of skis, so if you think you're in the market we definitely recommend checking out this comparison of 2021 ~90mm Women's All ountain Skis!

How to Choose Your First Touring Setup

Between significant advances in product technology, increased access to backcountry terrain, and an ongoing global pandemic, there’s quite literally never been a better time to get into backcountry skiing. But where do you start? We’ll be honest, the world of backcountry ski gear can be a bit confusing at first, even for the most experienced resort skiers. Fortunately, once you have your head around some basic concepts, it’s really quite simple. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the features that make alpine touring gear unique, while pointing out some key considerations you should make when buying your first backcountry ski setup. If you’ve got the interest but lack the knowledge, we encourage you to take a look at this guide for first time tourers!