Category: Helpful Hints

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!

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! Bargain Basement – Six 2020 Men’s Freeride Skis

A couple of weeks ago, we gave the concept of an article highlighting some of our best deals on 2020 Men’s All Mountain skis a test drive to see if our readers would be interested in a quick overview of some of our best preseason deals. It turns out, that’s exactly the type of content you wanted, so we’re quite excited to be back this week with the second installment of what we expect to be an ongoing series: 6 Bargain Basement skis in the 2020 Men’s Freeride category. From the 2020 Fischer Ranger 102 FR to the Volkl Confession, the skis in this article are some of the best skis from last season currently available at unbeatable prices. If you’re in the market for a new Men’s Freeride skis, you’ll definitely want to check this article out before adding anything to your cart! Bargain Basement – 6 2020 Men’s All-Mountain Skis

Here at, we pride ourselves in distilling all the information surrounding the latest gear in an effort to help you find the perfect match for your skiing style and needs. But, that’s not all we do. In addition to sharing information about the latest gear, we also work with manufacturers to bring you the best deals possible on great equipment. To highlight some of our latest efforts, we figured we’d put together an article highlighting 6 of the best bargains we currently have on 2020 Men’s All Mountain skis. If you’re looking for a great all mountain ski for the upcoming season but don’t want to break the bank, check out this article to see what we’ve got available!

Rollerblade Skate To Ski with

For many skiers, the arrival of summertime and warm weather also comes with a sudden loss of physical exertion. Yes, there are plenty of summer sports that have their own merits, such as running, hiking, and mountain biking, but these activities have a decidedly different feel than skiing. There is however, one sport that's been overlooked in recent years but is beginning to see a bit of a resurgence in popularity. That sport, of course, is rollerblading. As those who partake in the sport can testify, rollerblading is undoubtedly the most similar warm-weather activity when it comes to duplicating the feeling you get on skis. Here at SkiEssentials, we've recently re-fallen in love with the sport, and are eager to get others on board. To start you on that journey, we'll be releasing our own guides that follow Rollerblade's Skate to Ski program. Click through to get started!

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!

2020 Ski Comparisons: Women's 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Moving right along in our 2020 Ski Comparison series, we finally have an article that we think a majority of women are going to love: a comparison of ~90mm Women’s All Mountain skis! Much like the men’s segment, the ~90mm Women’s All Mountain ski category is one of the most competitive types of skis for manufacturers to sell, which means each ski gets it’s own personality in an effort to make it stand out from the bunch. This, of course, can make it tricky to decide which ski is the perfect match for you. It’s for precisely that reason that we’re excited to share our 2020 ~90mm Women’s All Mountain Ski Comparison. Click in and enjoy!

2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's 95 - 100mm All Mountain Ski Guide

As you likely know by now, we're in the midst of our annual ski comparison season, where we put together a series of ski guides comparing and contrasting numerous seemingly similar skis. So far we've tackled Men's ~90mm All Mountain Skis, and Men's 100-110mm Freeride skis. This week, we're excited to bring you the third installment, which features a comparison of 18 different 95-100mm Men's All Mountain skis. If you're considering a ski from this category for this upcoming season, be sure to check out this helpful comparison guide!

2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's 100-110mm Freeride Ski Guide

2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's 100-110mm Freeride Ski Guide

For the 2019-2020 season, ski manufacturers have agreed that there will be no shortage of 100-110mm men's freeride skis. That's the good news. The bad news however, is that with so many options available, it's easy to experience analysis paralysis. To help ease the symptoms of this troubling scenario, the team at has taken it upon themselves to craft this article comparing 16 of this year's top men's freeride skis. Click through to learn the ins and outs of the skis within this category, ultimately helping narrow your choices down to the option that's best for you!

2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

With so many great ski manufacturers offering incredible skis, figuring out which ski is best for you gets more difficult by the year. That statement is particularly true for popular ski categories, such as ~90mm Men's All Mountain skis, where a huge variety of skis are all reasonable options. If you find yourself in the market for a men's all mountain ski in the ~90mm waist width category, but don't know where to start, take a look at our 2020 Ski Comparison Guide: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Skis, where we'll compare 17 different skis in an effort to help you streamline your decision!

Mons Royale Brand Highlight

Mons Royale Brand Highlight

Welcome to 2019 everyone! To kick the year off, we're going to start with an overview of Mons Royale, a brand that we're extremely excited to be offering here on! Hailing from New Zealand, Mons Royale was born out of the desire to create merino wool base layers that are as stylish and fashion forward as they are functional. Ever since its inception in 2009, Mons Royale has swiftly taken the ski and snowboard worlds by storm with their line of exceptional winter layers. Find out more about the brand right here, in our first brand highlight of 2019!

What Skis Should I Buy: Comparing Women's 100mm All Mountain Skis - 2019 Edition

Which Skis Should I Buy? Comparing Women's 100mm Skis - 2019 Edition

Over the last couple of months, we've been bringing you a series of article comparing skis within specific categories. As skiers with a genuine interest in helping other skiers find the best ski for them, one of our favorite and most frequently asked questions is, "what's the difference between ___ and ___?" It's a valid question as it can often be hard to decipher the nuances between similar skis. This week, we take a closer look at the Women's 100mm category and dive into some of the differences amongst this group of skis. Click through and you'll be an expert in no time!

6 Key Ingredients to Staying Safe While Skiing in the Backcountry

6 Key Ingredients to Stay Safe While Skiing in the Backcountry

It's no secret, skiing in the backcountry can be an amazing experience. Unfortunately, it can also be precarious if you treat it like another day at the resort. The fact of the matter is, when you're in the backcountry, it's just you and the raw elements of nature. While this dynamic can prove consequential, it's also simple to mitigate your risk with just a handful of simple tactics. If you're relatively new to the world of backcountry skiing, check out these 6 tips for having a good time and staying safe!

What Skis Should I Buy: Comparing Men's Freeride Skis - 2019 Edition

Which Skis Should I Buy? Comparing Men's Freeride Skis - 2019 Edition

Introducing: the fourth installment of our "What Skis Should I Buy? 2019 Edition" series! Having already covered a number of frontside and all mountain skis, we figured we'd switch things up a bit this time, and cover one of our favorite categories: Men's Freeride skis. Why is this category one of our favorites, you ask? Well, because it really puts on full display the idea that "there's the perfect ski for everyone", and there isn't one ski that's the absolute best. Click through to see what we mean, as we recap 15 skis from the playful Armada AV 106, to the very serious Volkl Confession!

What Skis Should I Buy: Comparing Women's 90mm All Mountain Skis - 2019 Edition

Which Skis Should I Buy? Comparing All Mountain Skis in the 100mm Range - 2019 Edition

Continuing on with our "What Skis Should I Buy?" series, we're excited to bring you a new comparison guide, highlighting 13 different women's all mountain skis in the 90mm waist width range! Whether or not you're under the impression that skis with similar waist widths all ski the same, we'll go through each ski one by one, highlighting some of the nuances that help contribute to each ski's unique personality. Ready to learn more? Click through and get started!