Category: Top Five Fridays

Top Five Fridays: July 23, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got an even split between competitive highlights, and highlights regarding ski resorts. In the first half of our recap, we’ll bring you up to speed on the USST’s newly announced Mogul D Team which looks to promote talented mogul skiers, before bringing you exciting news from the world of Ski Mountaineering, which has just been approved to make its Olympic debut in 2026. Then, we’ll take a look at some resort news, including updates regarding labor shortages as well as more moves being made by the Indy Pass. Click through to find out all you need to know from this week in ski news!

Top Five Fridays: July 16, 2021

The biggest headline in ski news was undoubtedly, and unfortunately the passing of Gian Franco Kasper, the 23 year president of the FIS who held the role right up until his hospitalization a month ago. We’ll share those details, as well as other news from the world of FIS, a new diversity and inclusion action plan from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, as well as an update from pending lawsuits against Alterra and Vail. Noting the weight of our first highlights, we round this week out with a lighthearted read about the history of Alaska’s famous Alyeska resort. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 9, 2021

This week in ski news, we take you all over the world as we share with you updates from North America, South America, and Europe. To kick things off, we’ll share some news from the FIS where recently elected President Johan Eliasch hasn’t wasted any time getting new processes in place. From there we’ll share with you a story regarding the difficulties French ski resorts are having in hiring British workers, plus news from Chile where ski resorts have finally reopened after the pandemic. Finally, we’ll round things out with a story of another incredible ski mountaineering accomplishment as well as a couple great edits! Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 2, 2021

This week in the world of ski news, we were treated to a mixed bag of highlights that’s typical for this time of year. We’ll start this week’s round of news with an article highlighting Vail’s deep cash reserves, and their acknowledgement that they’ll remain aggressive in pursuit of resort acquisitions moving forward. From there we’ll share with you a 6 month rescue report from Teton County Search and Rescue, news of a newly upgraded power system at Snowbird, and a story of an incredible accomplishment made by two disabled skiers. Find out all the details from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: June 25, 2021

This week in ski news, the common theme was all about ski resorts. Well, besides our lead highlight which is big news for the ski mountaineering community. We’ll tell you more about that to start this week, before sharing a story from the New York Times highlighting the evolution of ski resorts, an article from the Colorado Sun that gives us glimpse of the economics of running a ski resort on National Forest land, and an update from Colorado where Governor Polis just signed three bills supporting outdoor recreation in a big way. Check out this week’s Top 5 Friday to learn more!

Top Five Fridays: June 18, 2021

This week in ski news, we returned to a regular mid-summer pace, with generally light hearted highlights covering a range of topics. To start, we’ll check in with the world of ski racing where we caught updates regarding the Jeffrey Shiffrin Resiliency Fund as well as the first week of new FIS President Johan Eliasch’s tenure. Plus, we’ll share news of new charitable donations made by Vail CEO Rob Katz, a frustrating story out of Australia, and an entertaining article regarding the developing Chinese ski scene. Find out allyou need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: June 11, 2021

Despite being midway through June, this week quite literally brought us more ski news than we could handle. At the top of that list is news from the FIS where the former CEO of HEAD has just been elected president. We’ll tell you all about that, share news regarding the World Cup stop at Killington, recap an overall successful ski season, and bring you up to speed on the latest from a bill making its way through congress that could greatly benefit ski areas. Learn about these topics as well as a couple bonus highlights and edits in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: June 4, 2021

Wondering what possibly could have happened in the world of skiing during the first week in June? Well, as it turns out… actually not that much! We start this week by sharing the news that Alterra has hired a former Ticketmaster executive as its new president, before sharing a few stories that share ongoing stories from the world of skiing. From a recap of how ski resorts were forced to adopt new technologies as a result of Covid, to news regarding the use of drones at ski resorts and Aspen’s own power plant, we cover a wide range of ski-based topics in this week’s recap. To find out all the details you need to know, check out this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: May 28, 2021

Despite being the last week of May, somehow, someway the ski news keeps flowing in! This week, we’ll start by recapping the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team’s 2021 Congress, which saw a number of new rules and adjustments to the structure of FIS events in America. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest efforts to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, share new news regarding the role of ski patrollers, and finally round things out with a highlight regarding plans for a slew of new indoor ski areas in the U.S.. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: May 21, 2021

In this edition of Summer Ski News, we start things off with a couple of highlights from the world of ski racing, where the FIS has an upcoming election for a new president, and we’re learning more about a proposed plan to bring ski racing to the Matterhorn. From there we’ll share some news from Alterra, who’s just announced a new foundation that looks to provide financial support to those in its mountain communities, before rounding out the week by bringing you up to speed on the latest from the story of the first ever avalanche that resulted in criminal charges. Find out all you need to know about these topics and check out our favorite edits from the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: May 14, 2021

Full disclosure: this is our favorite Top 5 Friday in a long time. Typically at this time of year, we find ourselves discussing off season topics, most of which give ski news a much different feel from mid-winter weeks in which we’re neck deep in competition results. This week, not only do we get to explore some of those off-season topics, but all four of our highlights are quite simply “cool”. From a high school opening a ski building lab, to multiple first descents, a ski-up vaccination event, and plenty more, this week’s news is full of awesome updates. To find out what you need to know from this week in ski news, check out this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: May 7, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a mixed bag of highlights, but don’t worry, they’re all positive. We’ll start things off by sharing the latest updates from U.S. Ski Team athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle who’s back on snow after suffering a season ending injury in January. From there, we’ll share an encouraging update about skiing’s widening demographic, as well as a story highlighting Breckenridge Ski Patrol’s decision to unionize. Finally, we round things out with an exciting update from legendary trail map artist James Niehues and a few standout ski edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 30, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a mixed bag of highlights. To kick things off, we’ll share what we’re calling chapter 3 in the ongoing Shiffrin saga, as USA Today shared an article this week that provides interesting insights into Mikaela’s recent return to form. Plus, we’ll share news about the likelihood of an explosion of tourism in mountain towns, a couple of exciting multi pass updates, and news of a new ski boot recycling program, courtesy of Tecnica Blizzard. Find out everything you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 23, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a couple of exciting announcements from the world of ski racing, where the USST is back on snow for off season training and progress is being made to strengthen the relationship between them and the NCAA. Plus, we’ll check in with the latest news from Granby Ranch, before rounding the week out with a cool story from the world of ski jumping as well as FIVE(!) great edits from this week. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 16, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve gone full off-season mode as a majority of our highlights focus on upcoming ski resort projects. To kick things off, we’ll share with you the latest news from Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows, where the long awaited Base-to-Base Gondola project is finally set to get underway this summer. From there we’ll tell you about a very exciting proposal for a new ski resort in British Columbia, before rounding out the theme with a highlight regarding terrain alterations in Alta. Finally, we’ll recap last week’s Audi Nines event and share a couple of great edits to take you into the weekend. Find out what you need to know from the world of ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!