Category: Ski Industry News

Top Five Fridays: February 3, 2023

This week in ski news, we’ve got something of a follow-up issue as we recap the results from a number of competitions that we previewed with you last week. We’ll kick things off as we always do this time of year, with the latest updates from the world of FIS alpine racing, where Shiffrin continues to tally up the gold medals. From there, we’ll bring you a recap of X Games results, including news of multiple never-been-done tricks. Finally, we round out our competition coverage with a recap of two Freeride World Tour events, followed by an update from Japanese ski culture. Find out all the news you need to know, and catch a number of great edits and event recaps, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 27, 2023

This week in ski news, we’re talking about competition. As you’ve likely heard, Mikeala Shiffrin notched another two first place finishes, bringing her total to 84, and making her the most successful FIS female ski racer of all time. We’ll tell you all about that, as well as preview the upcoming X Games and Freeride World Tour stop, both of which are scheduled for this weekend. Finally, we round things out on a down note, as there’s big changes on the horizon for Warren Miller Entertainment. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 20, 2023

Another week in the books, another round of ski news! This time around we’ve got a special edition of Top Five Fridays as Bob takes over highlight #1 to share some pretty significant announcements from the world of ski boots. After that, we’ll get back on track with coverage of the most recent FIS World Cup Alpine action, as well as a feel good story regarding Ukrainian refugees and a small ski area in Wyoming, and a story we’re very unsure about. Get the details of these highlights, as well as our favorite edits from the week, and more in this installment of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 13, 2023

This week on Top Five Fridays, you might catch a bit of déjà vu as we cover a handful of topics that continue to dominate ski news. First on that list is an update from Mikaela Shiffrin, who’s chasing both Lindsey Vonn and Ingmer Stenmark’s World Cup records. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest there, as well as the most recent weather reports which suggest that the atmospheric river that’s given all of this winter’s snow to just three states might be ready to move on. Finally, we’ll check in with an update from Utah’s Department of Transportation as well as a cool promotion from the Indy Pass and Native Campervans before rounding things out with an excellent batch of ski edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Annual Youth Ski Fundraiser Recap

Well team, with your help, it’s been another successful annual fundraiser here at SkiEssentials, Pinnacle Ski and Sports, and now Basin Ski and Sports. With your help, our annual fundraising event raised a grand total of over $10,000! This year, we’re splitting that money between multiple youth ski groups, as well as the Stowe and Killington Fire and Rescue teams, whose crucial services are often overlooked. Click through to read a full recap of this year’s event, and find out just where exactly the money you donated is going. And once again, thank you all so much for your contribution to making this our most successful fundraiser ever!

Top Five Fridays: January 6, 2023

It’s a big week here on Top Five Fridays for one simple reason: it’s the first installment of 2023! As exciting as that is, we have to admit, this week’s headlines feel like a continuation of last week’s as we’re once again talking about Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of Lindsey Vonn’s record, as well as winter conditions across the world. In addition to these updates, we also have news from a schedule adjustment for the Freeride World Tour, as well as a cool story coming out of Colorado about getting more veterans involved in backcountry skiing. Finally, we end on a somber note as we pay tribute to the legendary action sports Ken Block who passed away this week. Find out all you need to know from the world of ski news, the good and the bad, in this edition of Top Five Fridays.

Top Five Fridays: December 30, 2022

Well, it’s finally here: the final week of the 2022 calendar! This year, we end with a bang as this week’s ski news is chock full of interesting news, undoubtedly highlighted by an incredible weekend for both Mikaela Shiffrin and her teammate Paula Moltzan. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from the world of ski racing, before sharing some climate related news, an interesting article about Niseko, Japan’s desperate need for employees, and an interesting new way of selling lift tickets being tested by Aspen Snowmass. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in the final Top Five Fridays of the year. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: December 23, 2022

Sports fans rejoice: this week’s edition of Top Five Fridays is absolutely packed with competitive ski news! For starters, we’ll bring you up to speed with all of the FIS World Cup alpine racing action that you need to know about, and we’ll be honest, there’s quite a bit. From Shiffrin’s impressive showing on three consecutive days of speed racing, to a grip of men putting in performances across two downhill races, we have a ton of results to recap. From there, we’ll share the latest from the world of FIS Freeskiing with results from a halfpipe and big air contest in Copper, as well as news from Jessie Diggins, who just became the winningest XC skier in U.S. history. Finally, we round things out with an article from the New York Times that ties together a number of stories we’ve covered into one unified story. To find out all the ski news you need to know from this week, check out this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: December 16, 2022

It's Friday morning, so you know what that means: it's time for another edition of Top Five Fridays! This week we've got a bit of a grab bag, with everything from World Cup updates, to the revival of two staples of the free ski community. As always, we'll start things off by recapping the latest in Word Cup alpine action, before bringing you up to speed on the latest in Alterra's quest to develop Placer County's Olympic Valley. From there, we'll shift gears and make you hopeful for the return of Powder Magazine, before finally sharing the news that Red Bull Playstreets is back on the calendar for 2023 after a 4 year hiatus. Find out all you need to know and check out the best ski edits of the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: December 9, 2022

After what felt like a bit of a quiet period in the world of ski news, things took a turn this week as we have a slew of great stories to cover as well as a number of incredible ski edits. On the competitive side of life, we’ll start by recapping last week’s FIS alpine action, and bring you up to speed on the latest in the U.S.’s effort to host an upcoming edition of the Winter Olympics. Sticking with the competitive theme, we’ll also tell you all about the massive announcement that the FIS has just acquired the Freeride World Tour. Finally, we’ll round things out by shifting our focus away from competition and towards the human side of our sport as we share the story of how Annette Diggs is doing incredible work regarding making skiing more inclusive. Between these highlights and four top notch edits, this week’s Top Five Friday is certainly one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: December 2, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got plenty of FIS World Cup Alpine action to discuss as both the men and women had multiple races last weekend for the first time all season. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest results before sharing a couple of excellent articles that were published this week highlighting a couple of rising Alpine stars. Plus, we’ll share a story out of Park City, UT where iPhones are placing calls to 911 on behalf of fallen skiers. Before we get into any of that though, we take a moment to promote our Annual Youth Skiing Fundraiser, where we’re giving away over $10,00 in skis and gear. Raffle tickets are now on sale for just $10/each. To learn more about this fundraiser and the rest of this week’s ski news, don’t hesitate to click through!

Top Five Fridays: November 25, 2022

This week on Top Five Fridays, we’ve got plenty of FIS action to recap as the women’s alpine circuit finally got underway last weekend, highlighted by back to back Shiffrin wins. We’ll share those details as well preview of the upcoming races in Lake Louise and Killington, before shifting gears and recapping last weekend’s FIS Slopestyle event in Stubai. With the competitive action covered, we’ll share a new report that puts a number on the massive size of the Outdoor Industry, before finally wrapping things up with coverage of Frontier Airline’s new “Go Wild” pass, which offers unlimited flights for a year for just $799. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top 5 Fridays Black Friday Edition - Live with Jeff and Bob

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Top Five Fridays: November 18, 2022

With winter underway here in North America, we’ve got plenty of news to discuss! First up, as always this time of year, are updates from the FIS World Tour, as the women’s circuit is finally set to get underway this weekend and Killington’s races have just been green lit for next weekend. From there, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest reports covering the housing crisis in Vail, the gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and early signs of another season of traffic congestion. Finally, we’ll wrap things up by sharing a new ski company that hopes to bring a “shapeshifting” ski to the market, as well as a few excellent edits that you absolutely have to watch. Find out all you need to know in ski news in this week’s edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: November 11, 2022

Another week down, another total grab bag from the world of ski news! To kick things off, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest from the FIS, where warm weather has resulted in yet another race cancelation due to snow quality. From there, we’ll do an about face as we tell you all about the incredible snowfall that blanketed the western United States this week, as well as some of the ski areas in the East who’ve started making snow. With weather out of the way, we’ll take a turn towards legal news as we share with you the latest regarding Alterra’s plans to develop Placer County’s Olympic Valley, and news of ski legend Dean Cummings be acquitted of murder charges. It’s a bit of a wild week here on Top Five Fridays, so we encourage you to drop in immediately- you won’t want to miss this one!