Top Five Fridays: January 6, 2023

It’s a big week here on Top Five Fridays for one simple reason: it’s the first installment of 2023! As exciting as that is, we have to admit, this week’s headlines feel like a continuation of last week’s as we’re once again talking about Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of Lindsey Vonn’s record, as well as winter conditions across the world. In addition to these updates, we also have news from a schedule adjustment for the Freeride World Tour, as well as a cool story coming out of Colorado about getting more veterans involved in backcountry skiing. Finally, we end on a somber note as we pay tribute to the legendary action sports Ken Block who passed away this week. Find out all you need to know from the world of ski news, the good and the bad, in this edition of Top Five Fridays.

2023 Black Crows Captis Ski Review

Redesigned for 2023, the Black Crows Captis features subtle yet significant changes to the skis shape that result in an even better all mountain experience than ever before. With a 90mm waist and a true twin tip design, the 2023 Black Crows Captis is one of the most fun all mountain freestyle skis on the market. In this review, we get both Bob and Jeff’s take on the ski as their overlapping approaches to the mountain find something for both of them to love in the 2023 edition of the Black Crows Captis. Now, without further ado, go ahead and learn all about this exciting new ski!

Top Five Fridays: December 30, 2022

Well, it’s finally here: the final week of the 2022 calendar! This year, we end with a bang as this week’s ski news is chock full of interesting news, undoubtedly highlighted by an incredible weekend for both Mikaela Shiffrin and her teammate Paula Moltzan. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest from the world of ski racing, before sharing some climate related news, an interesting article about Niseko, Japan’s desperate need for employees, and an interesting new way of selling lift tickets being tested by Aspen Snowmass. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in the final Top Five Fridays of the year. Enjoy!

2023 Head Supershape e-Rally Ski Review & Tyrolia Protector 13 Binding Review

In recent years, there’s been a trend in popularity towards more freeride feeling, all mountain skis. Skis that are equally capable in soft snow and carving down groomed slopes. While these skis are incredibly fun and we love them in most conditions, the fact of the matter is that firm, icy conditions are common, particularly here on the east coast. In these conditions, the right tool for the job is a more race inspired ski, such as the Head Supershape e-Rally. For expert level skiers that love the feeling of laying down hard race-like turns on hardpack slopes, Head’s e-Rally is an incredibly fun, powerful ski. This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re diving into what makes this ski so special while also sharing some words on Tyrolia’s new Protector 13 binding which comes with the e-Rally as a system binding. For all you hard charging frontside skiers, this one’s for you. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: December 23, 2022

Sports fans rejoice: this week’s edition of Top Five Fridays is absolutely packed with competitive ski news! For starters, we’ll bring you up to speed with all of the FIS World Cup alpine racing action that you need to know about, and we’ll be honest, there’s quite a bit. From Shiffrin’s impressive showing on three consecutive days of speed racing, to a grip of men putting in performances across two downhill races, we have a ton of results to recap. From there, we’ll share the latest from the world of FIS Freeskiing with results from a halfpipe and big air contest in Copper, as well as news from Jessie Diggins, who just became the winningest XC skier in U.S. history. Finally, we round things out with an article from the New York Times that ties together a number of stories we’ve covered into one unified story. To find out all the ski news you need to know from this week, check out this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Salomon QST 92 Ski Review

Have you ever gone ski shopping and immediately felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of options? We get it. While we love talking about skis here and sharing our experiences on each one, we also realize that for a lot of you, you don’t care about all of the details and differences. All you want is for someone to tell you which ski to buy, without all the questions and information. If this sounds like you, then let us make it easy: get the Salomon QST 92. This ski is incredibly easy to ski, yet holds its own in any number of conditions. Heck, with its rockered tail profile, this ski can even explore the park, making it a guaranteed winner for nearly every skier. To learn more about the 2023 Salomon QST 92, click through to read our full review, if you’re so inclined.

2023 Ski Comparisons: Women's Freeride Ski Guide

You asked, we listened! This week we're continuing our 2023 Ski Comparison series with a deeper dive into the Women's Freeride skis. Emily joins us in the studio for this one, and dishes out her expertise across a range of skis, from well rounded all mountain freeride skis like the Rossignol Rallybird 104 Ti, to the powder chasing Blizzard Sheeva 11. Across the entirety of this lineup, these skis offer a variety of personalities, each of which Emily breaks down so that you can buy the best ski for you. Dive in to learn more!

2023 Stockli Montero AR & AX On Snow Discussion

New for 2023 from Stockli are the Montero AR and Montero AX- two all mountain skis with a frontside focus. We reviewed both of these skis last spring on Chairlift Chat, and naturally we’ve received a ton of questions and comments on both reviews. At the time, we teased that we might do an on-hill comparison of the two once snow fell again, and now that it has, we’re staying true to our word. Last week, Jeff and Bob brought their respective Monteros the mountain, resulting in this on-hill comparison style discussion. Click through to check out the video!

Top Five Fridays: December 16, 2022

It's Friday morning, so you know what that means: it's time for another edition of Top Five Fridays! This week we've got a bit of a grab bag, with everything from World Cup updates, to the revival of two staples of the free ski community. As always, we'll start things off by recapping the latest in Word Cup alpine action, before bringing you up to speed on the latest in Alterra's quest to develop Placer County's Olympic Valley. From there, we'll shift gears and make you hopeful for the return of Powder Magazine, before finally sharing the news that Red Bull Playstreets is back on the calendar for 2023 after a 4 year hiatus. Find out all you need to know and check out the best ski edits of the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Strafe Nomad Jacket and Nomad Bibs Review

Here on Chairlift Chat, we review a lot of skis. We’ve also recently started reviewing more boots. One area we’ve historically overlooked however, has been the outerwear category. This year, Jeff’s fallen head over heels for his new Strafe Nomad Jacket and Nomad Bibs, a pink and black ensemble that’s surely caught the attention of our audience as well. In light of this development, this week, we’ve given Jeff the green light to wax poetic about his new kit, highlighting the highlights and mentioning a few things he wishes were slightly different. If you’re in the market for a new jacket or snow pants, give this review a read and learn a thing or two about the Strafe Nomad Jacket and Bibs!

2023 Elan Ripstick 88 Ski Review

Jeff and Bob are different people. They have different heights and weights, they have different ski backgrounds, and they have different ski personalities. Sometimes, those differences are highlighted by a ski like the 2023 Elan Ripstick 88, where one of the primary goals of the ski leaves one of them satisfied while the other is wanting to make a small adjustment or two. In this review, we highlight all of the unique features the make the 2023 Elan Ripstick 88 a unique ski, while sharing thoughts from our resident ski experts in regards to who will love this ski, and who might prefer something slightly different. Find out all their is to know about the new 2023 Elan Ripstick 88 in this complete ski review!

Top Five Fridays: December 9, 2022

After what felt like a bit of a quiet period in the world of ski news, things took a turn this week as we have a slew of great stories to cover as well as a number of incredible ski edits. On the competitive side of life, we’ll start by recapping last week’s FIS alpine action, and bring you up to speed on the latest in the U.S.’s effort to host an upcoming edition of the Winter Olympics. Sticking with the competitive theme, we’ll also tell you all about the massive announcement that the FIS has just acquired the Freeride World Tour. Finally, we’ll round things out by shifting our focus away from competition and towards the human side of our sport as we share the story of how Annette Diggs is doing incredible work regarding making skiing more inclusive. Between these highlights and four top notch edits, this week’s Top Five Friday is certainly one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy!

2023 Head Kore 93 Ski Review

With ski season officially underway here in Vermont, we're excited to be back on our ski review grind! This week, Bob shares with us his thoughts on one of his personal favorites from his quiver: the oft overlooked Head Kore 93. Featuring an updated construction for 2023, the Kore 93 features a rare blend of lightweight, power, and stability. For Bob, this makes it a perfect everyday tool. Click through to learn more in this review of the 2023 Head Kore 93!

Top Five Fridays: December 2, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got plenty of FIS World Cup Alpine action to discuss as both the men and women had multiple races last weekend for the first time all season. We’ll bring you up to speed on the latest results before sharing a couple of excellent articles that were published this week highlighting a couple of rising Alpine stars. Plus, we’ll share a story out of Park City, UT where iPhones are placing calls to 911 on behalf of fallen skiers. Before we get into any of that though, we take a moment to promote our Annual Youth Skiing Fundraiser, where we’re giving away over $10,00 in skis and gear. Raffle tickets are now on sale for just $10/each. To learn more about this fundraiser and the rest of this week’s ski news, don’t hesitate to click through!

Top Five Fridays: November 25, 2022

This week on Top Five Fridays, we’ve got plenty of FIS action to recap as the women’s alpine circuit finally got underway last weekend, highlighted by back to back Shiffrin wins. We’ll share those details as well preview of the upcoming races in Lake Louise and Killington, before shifting gears and recapping last weekend’s FIS Slopestyle event in Stubai. With the competitive action covered, we’ll share a new report that puts a number on the massive size of the Outdoor Industry, before finally wrapping things up with coverage of Frontier Airline’s new “Go Wild” pass, which offers unlimited flights for a year for just $799. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!