Category: Ski Comparisons

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Touring Ski Guide

Finally, for our last comparison article of the season, we’re talking touring skis. Now, to be clear, any flat ski can technically be a touring ski, but in recent years as that segment of the sport has grown, manufacturers have began focusing on more nimble options that remain powerful on the downhill portion of the journey. This week, we’ll compare some of those touring-focused options as well as a number of other skis that would make great uphill options in the conclusion of our 2022 Ski Comparison series!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Women's ~100 MM All Mountain Ski Guide

This week on Chairlift Chat, we bring you yet another comparison article to help you get ready for winter. This time, we’re shifting our attention to women’s skis as we compare and contrast 21 different all mountain skis with waist widths hovering right around the 100mm mark. While these skis make up arguably the most versatile category of women’s skis, they’re also a diverse bunch with a wide range of personalities. If you’re in the market for a ~100 mm wide women’s all mountain ski, check out this full comparison!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Frontside Ski Guide

Well, we’ve finally arrived at one of the most requested ski comparisons of the season: men’s frontside skis. While this category is something of a niche within skiing, focusing on strong, fast skiers only, it’s also one of the most confusing, making it a perfect candidate for our comparison series. With a slew of great frontside skis that mimic, resemble, and sometimes actually are FIS World Cup level race skis, this particular category requires research to make sure you get it right. So, without further ado, let’s get right into our 2022 comparison of frontside skis!

2023 Nordica Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited Early Product Launch

Ever find yourself wishing Nordica made a lighter, more tour-centric version of their super popular Enforcer and Santa Ana skis? If so, then boy do we have a treat for you today! As of this moment, we’re excited to share with you a secret that we’ve been sitting on for longer than we would’ve liked: Nordica has just issued an early release of the new Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited lineups! Using similar shapes and technology as the original Enforcer and Santa Ana skis, the Unlimited series offers a total of 5 different skis that offer reduced weight and more playful personalities. Find out what you need to know, and learn how you can order a pair immediately, in this full recap of the all new Nordica Enforcer Unlimited and Nordica Santa Ana Unlimited skis!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Women's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when we release our first 2022 Women’s Ski Comparison, then today’s the day you rejoice. In this week’s continuation of our 2022 Ski Comparison series, we’re taking a look at 22 different all mountain women’s skis in the ~90mm width. Featuring models like the Blizzard Black Pearl 88, Volkl Kenja 88, the K2 Mindbender Alliance 90 C, and more, this category of women’s skis is one of the most popular segments on the market. To learn more about what makes each of these 22 skis unique, click through and check out this comprehensive comparison!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Another week in October, another ski comparison article hot off the press! This week, we’re comparing another incredibly popular segment: Men’s Mid 90mm All Mountain Skis. In this category, we have a range of versatile skis, plenty capable of holding their own in a variety of conditions. From park centric twin tips to skis with a focus on speed, this category has one, if not two skis for everyone. Click in to see how 22 skis within this category compare!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Powder Ski Guide

This week, we’re back again with yet another ski comparison article, and this time it’s one we expect to generate plenty of interest. Whether or not they’re a necessary piece of your particular quiver, men’s powder skis are one of the most interesting categories to talk about, from both an aesthetic as well as performance standpoint. So, without further ado, click through and learn all about 20 exciting men’s powder skis for 2022!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~100mm All Mountain Ski Guide

This week, we’re excited to bring you the fourth installment of our 2022 Ski Comparison Guides! This time around, we’re taking a closer look at one of our personal favorites, and generally most popular categories: Men’s ~100mm All Mountain skis. In this category, there are a number of one ski quiver options, but figuring out which one is best for you can be a challenge. Rather than get it wrong, check out this comparison guide and learn all you need to know about this popular category of ski!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 80mm All Mountain Ski Guide

This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re excited to bring you the third installment of our third annual Ski Comparison series. In this series, we take a look at roughly 20 skis that occupy a similar category, and dissect some of their differences to help you decided which ski is best for you. This week, we’re checking in on Men’s All Mountain Skis with waist widths hovering around 85mm. It’s one of the most diverse categories of skis on the market as it’s home to everything from beginner-intermediate skis, to expert level frontside carvers. To make sure you make the right choice this season, check out this article and learn all you need to know!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 100mm Freeride Ski Guide

This week, we’re excited to bring you our second 2022 ski comparison! Over the past couple of years, excitement for this series has continued to grow, with an exceptional amount of interest being shown in Men’s Freeride skis. So, this year we’re bumping them up in the queue, and we’re excited to share with you our comparison of 2022 Men’s Mid-100mm Freeride Skis. If this is your category, click through, read up, and enjoy!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Well, it’s the third week in September, so you know what that means: it’s time to get into our annual ski comparison articles! These days, there are a ton of skis that more or less look the same on paper, but vary widely when it comes to on hill performance and personality. In this article, we’ll look at 20 different Men’s All Mountain skis with waist widths hovering around 90mm to help give you an idea of which ski might be best for you this year. Click through to learn more!

2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI Ski Review

Oftentimes in the world of skiing, the competitive nature of business results in brands feeling compelled to make strong marketing claims regarding their skis. Each year it seems that numerous brands all claim to be the “best” at the same things- an impossible paradox. It’s with that in mind that we’re here to describe the 2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI as simply, “fun.” This is a ski that doesn’t get caught up in taking itself too seriously, and instead just provides and exceptionally fun ride on snow. To find out what makes this ski so remarkable, check out this review of the 2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI!

2021 Ski Binding Comparison

You’ve been asking for it, so here it is: our first ever ski binding comparison article! Despite being an absolutely critical piece of equipment, ski bindings often get a bit overlooked when it comes to dialing in that perfect new setup. It’s understandable. After all, every pair of bindings is more than capable of accomplishing the primary objective of keeping your skis on your feet until they need to come off. Despite that commonality though, there are actually quite a few considerations that should go into making your next binding purchase, especially now that Alpine / AT hybrid bindings are on the market. Find out what you need to know when buying your next pair of bindings in our 2021Ski Binding Comparison!

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!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S MID 90 MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

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!