Category: Ski Industry News

Top Five Fridays: February 26, 2021

This week we bring you what is sure to be our most competitive Top Five Fridays of the year. Due to sheer luck, this past week we saw a number of different competitions go down, covering just about every angle of the sport. In ski racing, the 2021 World Championships in Cortina came to a close, but not before Mikaela Shiffrin could sneak in one more medal. Plus, the annual Kings and Queens of Corbet’s contest was held, the 2021 X Games Real Ski edits were released, and the Freeride World Tour hosted not one, but two stops of their 2021 series. We’ve got a lot to cover this week, so check in to find out all you need to know from the world of competitive skiing in this installment of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 19, 2021

This week in ski news, we kick things off with coverage of what was an amazing week in ski racing, particularly for the U.S. Women’s Team and Mikaela Shiffrin. We’ll share as many details about that as we can before shifting gears to bring you the latest update from Ischgl, Austria, where last March’s Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in an opportunity to learn more about the virus’s antibodies. From there, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest from transportation considerations in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon before rounding out the week with a pair of essential stories regarding racial diversity within skiing. Find out all you need to know from this week’s news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 12, 2021

Well, we’ve got a bit of a mixed bag of ski news for you this week, as we cover everything from the latest FIS results, to ski resort strategies for combating climate change. In ski racing news, Mikaela Shiffrin pulled off an improbable podium finish while Travis Ganong put up a number of quality finishes. We’ll also check in on the Covid-19 situation in regards to the ski industry worldwide, before unfortunately having to bring you up to date on even more avalanche tragedies. Fortunately, we’re able to end the week on a high note as a number of great edits were released this week. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 5, 2021

Well, it’s been an admittedly tough week in skiing. On the competitive front, it was tough going for both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Ski Teams, and while we got to enjoy another year of X-Games, the results from that competition haven’t sat well with many in the freeski community. We’ll fill you in on all of those details, as well as a story from Time Magazine highlighting the difficult Covid-19 dynamic in Jackson Hole this winter. Finally, we also have the regrettable duty of sharing a number of stories regarding avalanche deaths in what was an absolutely brutal week. Fortunately, we do have a few great edits this week to help lighten the mood. Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays.

Top Five Fridays: January 29, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got one of our most video-heavy recaps ever. If you’re a visual learner, this one’s for you. We’ll kick things off as we always do this time of year, with a recap of the latest FIS races, before previewing this weekend’s upcoming X-Games. From there we’ll share the latest perspectives on the ski industry from the CEO’s of Aspen Skiing Co. and Vail. Finally, we’ll round this week out with a cool story about the world’s first nordic ski-sharing program as well as a number of incredible edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in the world of skiing, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 22, 2021

This week in ski news, we bring you up to date with the latest in ski racing news, including an exciting announcement regarding Lindsey Vonn and the NBC Sports broadcasting team. Plus, we’ll tell you about the latest situation in Europe where ski resorts in bordering countries are experiencing difficulties due to varying governmental policies. Plus, we’ll check in on the latest from the proposed Salt Lake City gondola project, before rounding things out with some updates from the Freeride World Tour, as well as a number of great edits. Find out all the news you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 15, 2021

This week in the world of skiing, the biggest news comes out of the competitive circuit as we have two huge highlights to share: Mikaela Shiffrin has won her first slalom race in over a year, and Jessie Diggins has just become the first American to win the Tour De Ski. We’ll give you more details about both of those items, before checking in on the status of Covid in North America. Find out all you need to know in this week’s installment of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 8, 2021

This week, we try to maintain some sense of normalcy even as the world around us continues to grow ever more chaotic. We’ll begin that effort by recapping last weekend’s World Cup Ski racing action, followed by touching base on the latest news from the ski industry in North America as it continues to maintain a normal ski season amidst a pandemic. From there we’ll also bring you some exciting news from Washington’s Mount Spokane before finally rounding the week out with an excellent editorial from the New York Times highlighting Kai Jones, as well as a number of excellent edits from the week. As always, find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: January 1, 2021

Well, congratulations everybody, we’ve all officially made it through what has to be arguably the worst year of any of our lifetimes! While the simple changing of the calendar is unlikely to be a total game changer, we’re at least excited to be able to kick the year off on a high note as the U.S. Men’s and Women’s ski teams are both on something of a hot streak. Will fill you in on those details before discussing a handful of topics from the current state of the European ski industry, before ultimately wrapping things up with some very exciting news from one of our favorite skiers, Candide Thovex. Find out all you need from the last two weeks in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Annual Local Youth Ski Program Fundraiser Recap

Each year, just before the season kicks off, SkiEssentials and or retail location, Pinnacle Ski and Sports, hosts a fundraising event to raise money for local ski groups. This year, unfortunately, we were unable to host our typically raucous, in person event. But, that doesn’t mean we gave up. Instead, we followed the Covid-19 induced trend of bringing our efforts online, and despite the unfavorable change in plans, we had yet another successful fundraising campaign! Click through to read our recap!

Top Five Fridays: December 18, 2020

This week in ski news, we start out with a bang, particularly if you’re a fan of ski racing, Mikaela Shiffrin, or both. We’ll tell you why you should be excited about last weekend’s results, before shifting gears to take a closer look at how the ongoing pandemic is affecting the ski industry in different ways, in different places. From there we’ll share some alarming news regarding avalanches in Colorado and make our case for avalanche awareness. Finally, we round things out this week with an excellent article from Forbes highlighting the rising career of freeskier Alex Hall before finally sharing our favorite edits from the week. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: December 11, 2020

This week in ski news, we once again find ourselves unable to escape Covid-19’s ongoing influence on skiing. That said, we do manage to start the week by focusing on FIS race results, which brings good news for the men’s team. From there we’ll focus on updates from Lake Tahoe and Vail, as well as France where ski resorts are suing the government in an effort to win the right to operate their lifts during the holiday season. Finally, we round things out with an update from the X Games as well as a number of high quality edits. Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: December 4, 2020

This week in ski news, we have plenty to talk about as the first ever pandemic ski season is officially few weeks old. We’ll start things off as we always do this time of year, with a recap of last weekend’s World Cup Ski Racing action. From there, we’ll bring you a number of articles that look at how the pandemic is affecting ski resorts in Europe, as well as the political impact it’s having on nations in the EU. Then, we’ll circle back to North America where we’re beginning to see the coronavirus have diverse, regionally focused impacts on the ski industry. Finally, we manage to end the week on a high note as a tandem of ski racing related stories popped up that we think you’ll be excited to learn about. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

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!