Category: Top Five Fridays

Top Five Fridays: July 31, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves once again discussing expectations for the upcoming season, although this time from some new perspectives. On that subject, we’ll share open letters from Aspen Snowmass CEO Mike Kaplan, as well as Vail CEO Rob Katz before bringing you up to speed on Wolf Creek Ski Area’s approach to proactively plan for a notably uncertain season ahead. Plus, we’ll give you the latest cancellation news from SIA’s Snowbound Festivals, previously planned for Boston and Denver, as well as a feel good piece from Saddleback Ski Resort in Maine where reopening plans remain on schedule. Find out all about this and more in this week’s Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 24, 2020

This week in ski news, we start things off by discussing the season ahead from two perspectives. First, we’ll get Mikaela Shiffrin’s take on the upcoming FIS Ski season as she considers what the season ahead ultimately means for her before checking iin with the Director of Harvard Global Health Institute to hear an outside opinion of what the 2020-2021 ski season might look like for us recreational skiers. Once we’re done forecasting the future, we’ll shift gears and share some incredible media coverage from Red Bull athlete Andrzej Bargiel who successfully summited and skied the world’s second tallest peak back in 2018. Finally, we’ll round the week out by sharing news of an exciting new eco-friendly product line from Swix ski waxes. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this installment of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 17, 2020

This week in ski news we’ve been blessed with mostly fun topics. To get the ball rolling, we’ll start by discussing the latest updates from the FIS World Cup planning department, where details and timelines are starting to leak out that reveal what next year’s circuit may look like. Plus, we’ll tell you about updates being made to the U.S. Ski Team’s Project 26 talent pipeline initiative. From there we’ll share with you a new affordable injury insurance product targeted towards action sports enthusiasts as well as an update from Loveland, CO where the USFS has just approved an expansion of their guided cat skiing operation. Finally, we’ll round out the week with a shout out to a couple of commenters from last week, a farewell to OnTheSnow.com, and a few highly entertaining edits. Find out what you need to know in this week’s Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Friday: July 10, 2020

This week in skiing, we’ve got a couple of topics that relate to the ongoing struggle that is 2020, as well as a couple of stories that are far more fun to discuss. On the downer side of things, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest announcements from Australian resorts Hotham and Falls Creek, where Vail announced they will be suspending lift operations until mid August. Plus, we’ll update you on the latest thoughts and feelings regarding work visa programs from the COOs of Deer Valley and Park City. Once those heavier topics are out of the way, we’ll share a letter from Bryce Bennett in which he expresses his opinion on the NCAA vs USST debate, before rounding things out with news regarding a heli-access season pass and a handful of great edits. Find out all you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Friday!

Top Five Fridays: July 3, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves bringing you two pretty significant updates to a pair of ongoing stories, as well as two highlights that focus on skiing’s role as leaders during difficult times. To kick things off, we’ll bring you the latest news from the FIS’s decisions to hold the 2021 World Skiing Championships in Cortina, Italy next February, as previously planned. Then, we’ll share an update to the proposal to bring a gondola to the base of Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon which could make the option even more promising. Finally, we’ll round things out with a story of activism from Aspen as well as the latest progress from Vail’s Epic Promise before sharing a few of our favorite edits from the week. Click through to learn all you need to know from this week in skiing!

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!