Category: 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!

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!

Top Five Fridays: November 13, 2020

This week in ski news, we do our best to strike a balance between the discussions we need to have, and the ones we want to have. In terms of necessary discussions, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest preseason preparations across the nation with a triple set of stories highlighting the season ahead. We’ll also update you on a strict policy impacting vacationers heading to Colorado’s Summit County. Then, we’ll share two stories that we want to talk about: a lawsuit that questions whether or not backcountry zones can be considered trade secrets, and some exciting news from Saddleback Resort in Maine. Find out all the news you need to know in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: November 6, 2020

This week in ski news, we’re feeling what some might call the preseason-jitters, although this time around they feel quite unlike any other year. With the start of the ski season already underway in some places, and set to start within weeks across wide swaths of North America, headlines this week focused on what Covid-19 could mean for the season ahead. We’ll share a number of stories centered around this theme, as well as updates from the FIS World Cup and Freeride World Tour, both of which announced schedule adjustments this week. Find out what you need to know and catch our favorite ski edits from this week in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: October 30, 2020

Well, after being blessed with a reprieve from coronavirus headlines last week, we find ourselves right back in the thick of things as recent outbreaks in Europe have resulted in a number of headlines tying the pandemic to the ski industry. For starters, current reigning FIS Men’s Champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in the opening weekend of races in Soelden. Additionally, if that news wasn’t bad enough, further restrictions on ski resorts in Europe have the future of this year’s tour in question. We’ll tell all you about that, as well update you on the latest in regards to international staffing issues at North American ski resorts. Fortunately, we end this week on a high note as a number of ski resorts have officially opened for the season. Find out what you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Friday!

Top Five Fridays: October 23, 2020

This week in ski news, we touch on a range of topics while somehow managing to avoid mentioning Covid-19 almost entirely! For starters, we’ll recap the first FIS races of the season which featured a pair of unlikely gold medalists. From there we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from the world of Eric Pollard, where big changes are afoot. Finally, we’ll share a story from CO where an avalanche incident has resulted in criminal charges, as well as a story that highlights a pair of initiatives that further prove the outdoor industry is a global leader for positive change. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: October 16, 2020

This week’s ski news brings some definite highlights, and some even more definitive lowlights. Starting on a high note, we’re excited to share the news that the 2020-2021 FIS World Cup Tour is officially set to get under way in Soelden, Austria this weekend! Unfortunately though, Mikaela Shiffrin will not be taking the course. We’ll tell you why, while also sharing the latest guidelines from Colorado’s government regarding ski area operations, news of a devastating ski factory fire, and an update from Europe, where last season’s snow is being used to open multiple resorts this month. Find out the ski news you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: October 9, 2020

As expected, we saw a bit of a resurgence in the world of ski news this week, although unfortunately it wasn’t all for the best. On top of this week’s updates is the announcement that Powder Magazine, a staple in the ski community for nearly 50 years, will be suspending its operations indefinitely. We’ll tell you more about that before moving onto more positive highlights, such as the explosive growth in sales of the Indy Pass and schedule announcements from both the FIS World Cup and the Freeride World Tour. Plus, as always, we’ll share our favorite edits from this week in skiing. Find out more about the latest in ski news in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: October 2, 2020

This week in ski news, we find ourselves revisiting a handful of stories that have become recurring themes over the course of the past year, albeit from new angles. For starters, we’ll bring you up to speed in regards to the ongoing situation in Ischgl, Austria, where the resort town has found itself international crosshairs due to its role in enabling the spread of Covid-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic. From there, we’ll revisit ski town real estate, but from the perspective of buyers, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. Finally, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from Vail Resorts and development efforts at Utah’s Mayflower Mountain Resort. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!