Category: Top Five 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.

Top Five Fridays: March 6, 2020

This week in ski news, our attention trends heavily towards the competitive side of the sport. As always this time of year, we'll start with a recap of last weekend's FIS World Cup Ski Racing results, before shifting our attention towards a couple of stories that ensure the end of this World Cup Season will be anything but normal. Plus, we'll recap the latest results from last week's Freeride World Tour stop in Ordino before rounding things out with some shocking news from Arapahoe Basin. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 28, 2020

This week in the world of ski news, we find ourselves exploring the theme of "where people ski." At Aspen Snowmass, that discussion centers around their current skier-visit statistics which shows an increased use of the Ikon Pass, and a decreased use of local passes. We'll take a look at that story, as well as Denver's Ruby Hill Rail Yard which provides an opportunity for free skiing, as well as the PowderBee, a new search drone being developed for avalanche rescues. Plus, we'll update you with the latest from the FIS World Cup in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 21, 2020

This week in skiing, the best news we saw was an incredible Sports Illustrated article highlighting Mikaela Shiffrin's prowess as both an athlete, as well as a human being. We'll share some highlights from that piece as well as a full recap of the 2020 Kings and Queens of Corbet's event before rounding out with some intriguing ski-related headlines from across the world. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: February 14, 2020

This week in the world of skiing, we have tons of competition news to recap. Starting as we always do with FIS World Cup Ski Racing coverage, we'll go on to give you a brief recap of last weekend's Winter Dew Tour results before recapping the second stop of the 2020 Freeride World Tour. While we do our best to cover the highlights from all of these events, we're also sure to include plenty of links and video embeds so you can witness the action for yourself. Between the two events, there's plenty of action you won't want to miss! Finally, we'll round out with coverage of the lift line disaster at Vail as well as our favorite edits from this week. Click through to learn all you need to know from this week in skiing!

Top Five Fridays: February 7, 2020

This week, we have the unenviable task of sharing the news of Jeffrey Shiffrin's passing, Mikaela Shiffrin's dad. We'll pay tribute to him, as well as share with you the highlights from last week's FIS World Cup races before taking a look at this weekend's Dew Tour. From there we'll bring you the latest on the Squaw / Alpine Base to Base Gondola project before rounding things out with an amazing story about a 75 year old competitive ski mountaineer. Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!