If you're a fan of Volkl skis, and their Revolt line in particular, than you may have found yourself wondering why the series has offered a 95mm option, and a 121mm option, but no widths in between. Well, as it turns out, Volkl has been spending the last two years perfecting the Revolt 104 with the help of their freestyle and freeride athletes. The results, are incredible. Utilizing feedback from World Tour Athletes like Markus Eder, as well as more park-centric athletes such as Tom Ritsch, Volkl's goal was to make a twin-tip ski that excels on all terrain. After having the chance to test this ski in early March, we have to admit, the 2021 Volkl Revolt 104 was well worth the wait. Click through to get all the details in our full review of this exciting new ski!
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!
What do you get when you prioritize all mountain, frontside capabilities, and add a dash of freestyle tendencies? The 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred. Previously known as the BLACKOPS 98, the Holyshred is a ski that will be well received by those who spent their younger years honing their skills in the terrain park, but have since lowered their rotation count and spend a considerable amount of time perfecting the art of the carve. It's also one of just two twin tips available from the freshly expanded Rossignol BLACKOPS lineup. In this review, we'll delve into the details and take a closer look at how Rossignol has built a ski that's sure to strike a sweet spot in the market. Learn more in this full review of the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred ski review!
Finding yourself bored out of your mind trying to pass the quarantime? Yeah, we hear you, us too. But, don't worry! With all of this unexpected extra time, we've been digging deep into the crevices of the internet, finding some of the most entertaining full length ski flicks that you can watch for free from the comfort of your own home! If you're missing skiing and craving some wintery action, check out this list of ten ski flicks that're sure to help pass some time!
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.
About a month ago, we took a closer look at the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, a totally new freeride ski design from Rossignol that combines the best elements from the rest of their ski lineups. It's also, a pretty burly ski, if only due to it's availability in longer lengths. This week, we're excited to take a closer look at the Sender Ti's younger brother, the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender. Built with similar specs (though certainly not identical, as you'll see), the BLACKOPS Sender is a far more friendly version of the ski, and one that we expect to see widely used on the slopes next season. To find out what makes this new ski so special, check out our full review of the 2021 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender!
In recent years, Elan's reputation as a top-tier ski manufacturer has received a significant boost by way of their Ripstick lineup. Positioned as all mountain freeride skis, the Elan Ripstick series has evolved over the years to include a range of widths and flex patterns, with options for men, women, and juniors. This year, the lineup receives yet another update as Elan has made adjustments to the core construction to take these skis to yet another level. We'll dive into some of those details here as we take a closer look at the 2021 Elan Ripstick 96. Click through to read our full review!
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!
If you follow SkiEssentials on social media (if you don't, you should!), then you're likely already aware of our efforts to rally support behind an inctedible new organization called Goggles for Docs. In short, their mission is this: to provide eye protection to nurses and doctors on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic, specifically by collecting and distributing ski goggles. Last night, Jeff chatted with Mike Halperin, one of the organizers behind the effort to learn more about how the effort got started, where it stands, and most importantly, how people like you can help. Regardless of who you are, we highly encourage you to give this interview a read (or watch via YouTube), and do what you can to help the fight against Coronavirus.
If you're starting to think 2021 is a bit of a reload season in terms of brands launching new product lines, then you're right. We've already shared with you plenty of new 2021 ski reviews, and this week we keep that trend going by taking a closer look at the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti, a super fun, directional ski that unlocks a world of edge to edge possibilities. Click through to learn the ins and outs of this exciting ski in our full review of the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti!
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!
Ski touring has seen an absolute explosion in interest in recent years, resulting in an equivalent amount of growth of equipment development within the category. Just two years ago Salomon changed the game with the introduction of their Shift binding which gave skiers the ability to use the same binding for downhill days at the resort, as well as uphill skiing on touring days. Now, Marker looks to give skiers a second option with the Duke PT, a binding in which the entire toe piece can be swapped to provide an unparalleled downhill experience from a touring binding. There's plenty to learn about this exciting and unique new binding, so we encourage you to check out our review of the Marker Duke PT Touring Binding as soon as you have the chance!
New from Salomon for 2021 is the Stance series: a lineup of freeride skis that borrow concepts from Salomon's well liked QST and XDR lines, packaging them in a series of versatile all mountain freeride skis. We previously reviewed the 2021 Salomon Stance 96, and now we're excited to share our thoughts on that skis wider sibling, the Stance 102. With it's QST 106 inspired rocker, C/FX core, and dual titanal frame, the Stance 102 is an impressive ski, and one that should be well received by those looking for a powerful, yet manageable ride. To get a more comprehensive version of our thoughts, as well as some of the technical specs of this ski, click through to check out our review of the 2021 Salomon Stance 102!
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.
With mountains everywhere closed this week, and uphill skiing the only way for many skiers to take advantage of the snow, we figured we'd switch gears and review a piece of equipment that's often overlooked: the ski sock. While the world of ski socks is a world of great parity, we recently discovered a diamond in the rough in the Le Bent x Cody Townsend "Le Send" pro model sock. Packed with features that enhance Cody's tour-centric approach to skiing (Search YouTube for "The FIFTY"), the Le Send sock is the perfect choice for those looking to milk this season for every last possible turn. Click through to learn more in this full review!