Top Five Fridays: March 5, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got plenty of updates coming out of the world of ski racing, beyond our weekly results recap. We’ll discuss last week’s races too of course, but we’ll also share with you an excellent article from the Boston Globe covering Ryan Cochran-Siegle, as well as an incredible update from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team and the National Brotherhood of Skiers. We’ll give you all of the details we can before rounding out the week with some exciting news for fans of Warren Miller, as well as a number of great edits from this week. Find out all you need to know from the world of ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 Dynastar M-Free 99 Ski Review

Last year, Dynastar surprised us with the release of not one, not two, but three entirely new lines of skis, each reimagining a segment of their free ride offering. Between the M-Pro, M-Tour, and M-Free, Dynastar created three new lineups of free ride skis, all catering to slightly different niches. While we can’t say for sure if everyone felt this way, but at SkiEssentials we loved the entire lineup, minus one small caveat: the M-Free line only offered a 108 and 118 width. While both of those skis were amazing, they also left us wanting just one more ski in the lineup: something just under 100mm wide. As it turns out, all we had to do was wait a year as Dynastar has officially announced the M-Free 99 will be making its debut for the 2022 season. We were fortunate enough to get our hands on an advance pair, and didn’t hesitate to put them through the wringer. Find out what we made of this exciting new ski in this review of the 2022 Dynastar M-Free 99!

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!

2022 Blizzard Rustler 10 Ski Review

Since its inception in Blizzard’s 2018 lineup, the Rustler series has undergone limited changes. While the rest of their line has seen adjustments to construction and waist widths, the Rustler skis have remained consistent, and for good reason: they offer the perfect complement to Blizzards more “serious” skis, such as the Brahma and Bonafide. While it would be unfair to classify the Rustler series as “soft”, that word is more appropriate for the Peacemaker and Gunsmoke skis they replaced, they are considerably more playful than their stiffer counterparts. This week, we’re revisiting the 2022 Blizzard Rustler 10, arguably the most versatile offering from Blizzards entire lineup. Click through to learn more!

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!

2022 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti Ski Review

Somehow, despite being just 1.5 months into 2021, we find ourselves rifling through reviews of 2022 skis. That trend continues this week as we take a closer look at the 2022 Rossignol Experience 86 Ti. If you’ve been following Rossignol in recent years, you’re well versed in the segment that the Experience skis aim to satisfy: frontside, all mountain. For 2022, Rossignol has reimagined the Experience series to focus more firmly on the frontside aspect of their capabilities. Complete with new shapes, widths, and construction techniques, we’re feeling like the 2022 Experience line is easily Rossignol’s best yet. To introduce you to the line, we’re taking a look at the all new 2022 Experience 86 Ti. Click through to find out all you need to know about this exciting new ski!

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!

2022 Salomon QST Blank Ski Review

Since their inception five seasons ago, the Salomon QST line has become one of the most approachable, wide ranging series of skis available. Blending all-mountain and freeride sensibilities, the QST skis have found homes on everyone from intermediate skiers looking for something to build confidence on, to hard-charging professional athletes. Now, for their 2022 release, Salomon has given the lineup it’s third makeover, featuring new shapes, sizes, and construction details. We were blessed with the opportunity to test drive the new 2022 Salomon QST Blank, the widest ski in the 2022 lineup, in plenty of fresh snow this week right here in Stowe. Find out our thoughts in this full review of the 2022 Salomon QST Blank!

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!

2022 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Ski Review

Two years ago, we reviewed what was at the time a brand new ski: the 2022 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free. In that review, we wrote about how this ski made the perfect addition to Nordica’s growing line of Enforcers. This week, we’re back with an updated review on the ski, which has only received cosmetic updates over the years. Still, now that we, and Jeff in particular, have had a chance to spend a considerable amount of time on the Enforcer 104 Free, we figured we’d check back in with what we’re calling a “long term” review. Find out what makes this ski so special in this full length review!

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!

2022 Blizzard Brahma 88 Ski Review

If you haven’t been paying close attention to Blizzard’s lineup over the past few years, you may not have realized that the Blizzard Brahma underwent a complete overhaul for the 2021 season. While we’ve given this most recent iteration of the Brahma the SkiEssentials Ski Test treatment, we’ve never given it a full ski review. As it turns out, Blizzard and skiers alike were so satisfied by the 2021 version of the Brahma that they’ve decided to bring it back exactly as is for 2022. With that in mind, we decided now’s the perfect time to take a deep dive into one of Blizzards most popular, and powerful, skis. Click through to read all about it!

2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Ski Review

This week, the 2022 hype train keeps cruising along as we bring you yet another review for a brand new, 2022 ski. Unlike previous reviews of next year’s skis though, the 2022 Elan Ripstick 96 is already available to buy on our website, as of today. But, should you? Well, if this ski fits your profile, then absolutely. After taking a year off, the Elan Ripstick Black Edition skis are back with further improvements to their already stellar build. Without giving away too much, we’ll simply say that the 2022 edition of these skis are amazing. Find out why, and what makes them unique, in this full review of the 2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition.