Category: Ski Industry News

Top Five Fridays: June 26, 2020

This week in ski news, we catch a break from the doom and gloom vibe of recent recaps, and instead have the opportunity to share a number of interesting stories. Headlining that list are reports that Squaw Valley is considering a name change as their current use of “Squaw” has derogatory roots. From there we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest from the world of Mikaela Shiffrin, who’s finally back on snow, before filling you in on what the latest foreign work visa restrictions mean for ski resorts. Finally, we’ll share a story from Steven’s Pass’s ski patrol unit before closing out the week with a handful of great videos. Spoiler alert: there’s a parrot. Click through to find out what you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top Five Fridays: June 19, 2020

This week in ski news, we bring you a mix of ongoing covid coverage, as well as some spicy topics involving disputes within the industry. On the covid side of things, we’ll share the latest reports on the pandemic’s impact on skiing (spoiler alert: it’s not good), as well as some insight from Deer Valley, where the resort’s CEO has reason to feel optimistic about the season ahead. In terms of disputes, we’ll share legal actions being taken by the Aspen Skiing Co. that aim to force Liftopia into bankruptcy, as well as an ongoing disagreement between the U.S. Ski Team and NCAA collegiate teams. Finally, we’ll round things out with the best edits we saw this week. Click through to learn what you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top 5 Fridays: June 12, 2020

This week in the world of ski news, we catch a bit of a break as there’s fortunately plenty of news to share that’s not negatively tied to recent events! First up on that list is the news that national ski teams across the world are finally beginning to get back on snow. We’ll give you the break down of who started training where, and when, before sharing some insight from Rob Katz in regards to what we can start to expect ski resorts to look like next season. Good news: it’s trending positively. Finally, we’ll round out with a couple of cool stories about an indoor ski area in Shanghai as well as a proposed gondola in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon before sharing a few ski videos from this week. Find out all you need to know from the latest in ski news in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: June 5, 2020

This week in ski news, we see a return to the unpleasant as real world issues have once again loomed larger enough to affect the ski industry. We'll start the week by sharing an open letter from Vail CEO Rob Katz in regards to recent race related events, before checking in on the latest updates from Covid-19's impact on the industry. Finally, we'll round things out by sharing news of an exciting new avalanche mitigation project from Utah's Department of Transportation, followed by a series of quality edits from this week in skiing. It's not our happiest weekly update, but it's full of news you need to know. Click through to learn more!

Top Five Fridays: May 29, 2020

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!

Top Five Fridays: May 15, 2020

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!

Top Five Fridays: May 8, 2020

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.

Top Five Fridays: May 1, 2020

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!

Top Five Fridays: April 24, 2020

This week's ski news is sure to be controversial as the Coronavirus continues to have an undeniable impact on the ski industry. The controversy starts with highlight #1 as we share details of California ski resort Mt. Baldy's decision to reopen this week. Plus, we'll share some updates regarding ski access in the Aspen area, check in on the status of the upcoming ski season in New Zealand, and tell you about a pair of lawsuits being filed against Vail Resorts and Alterra by pass holders who feel gypped. Find out all the details from this week's ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 17, 2020

This week in ski news, corona-coverage continues, although fortunately for only half of this week's highlights. We'll start by sharing with you a couple of excellent articles from the Colorado Sun which detail a behind the scenes look of what went down as Colorado resorts were forced to close overnight on March 14th, as well as what's happening with international ski resort employees who've found themselves stranded. From there, we'll share news of a new gondola which claims the title of world's longest, before rounding the week out with a highlight regarding snow farming in Levi, Finland. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 10, 2020

This week in ski news, we have the dismal duty of continuing our Coronavirus coverage. As we continue acclimating to what would've been an unimaginable reality as little as a month ago, we've begun to be able to categorize Coronavirus coverage into three groups: retroactive looks into the past, where things stand in the present, and what the future ramifications of the pandemic might look like. We'll share with you an article from each category this week, before rounding out with something of a feel good piece regarding Vail ski patrollers and some of the best edits we discovered this week. Click through to see all you need to know from this week in skiing, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays.

Top Five Fridays: April 3, 2020

This week in ski news, it's more Corona-coverage as the global pandemic continues to rule our world. The good news however, is that there's been a shift in focus within the ski world this week as industry leaders have turned their attention away from the fallout resulting from an unexpectedly short season, to finding ways to contribute towards the fight against Covid-19. We'll share with you multiple stories this week about how skiers are putting their resource to good use this week, while also sharing a handful of ski edits that hopefully take your mind off the situation at hand, at least temporarily. Learn all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: March 27, 2020

This week in ski news, we continue our coverage of all things Corona as we continue to live through a global pandemic at the height of the peak of its power. As a result, 3/4 of our highlights this week are influenced by the virus, as we share the latest in ideologies surrounding uphill skiing, an early look at the economic impact of the virus on the ski industry, and an Austrian resort's role in dispersing the illness across Europe.Fortunately, we also have some non-viral ski news to share from the world of ski racing as well as a slew of great edits. Check it all out in this week's Top 5 Friday!

Top Five Fridays: March 20, 2020

Well, if last week's Top 5 Friday recap was surreal, then this week's is downright depressing. Unfortunately though, we're living through unprecedented times as Covid-19 has forced ski resorts across the world to shut down for the season prematurely. We'll spend most of our energy this week discussing the situation at hand, sharing with you news from a chaotic weekend in Tahoe, as well as some things to consider if you're hoping to extend your season with some uphill skiing. Fortunately though, this week wasn't all bad as the 2020 X-Games Real Ski edits were released, providing some form of relief from an emotional week in skiing. Find out what you need to know in this week's Top 5 Fridays.

Top Five Fridays: March 13, 2020

Well, there's no way around it. This is easily the most surreal Top 5 Friday we've ever written, thanks entirely to the Coronavirus. If you've caught any news whatsoever this week, then you're undoubtedly aware of the unprecedented impact that the virus has had on the entire world. Included in that statement is the world of sports, where numerous seasons and tournaments have been postponed or cancelled. Now, even our normally isolated world of skiing is beginning to feel the affects of the pandemic. We'll fill you in with what you need to know while trying out best to maintain some sort of normalcy in what is likely our least favorite Top 5 Friday of all time. Click through to read what you unfortunately need to know.