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Top Five Fridays: May 13, 2022

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This week, the gods of ski news brought us an impressive grab bag of highlights, covering topics ranging from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team, to lawsuits and first descents. To kick things off, we’ll share the latest from the USST as they’ve just announced their nominations for next year’s teams, before bringing you up to speed on a lawsuit at Mt. Hood Skibowl that could have significant ramifications. From there we’ll highlight an interesting issue surrounding a proposed backcountry ski resort in British Columbia before rounding things out with exciting news regarding a first descent from ski mountaineer Adrian Ballinger. Check out what you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Volkl Mantra 102 Ski Review

New from Volkl for 2023 is a revamp of one of their most popular skis: the Mantra 102. In the second edition of this beloved ski, Volkl amplified its strong, stable, and maneuverable characteristics that make it so great, by bringing in some of the brand’s latest tech. Chief amongst these editions is the introduction of Volkl’s Tailored Titanal Frame which enables the ski to retain a heck of an edge despite it’s 102mm width. To be frank, we’re pretty excited about this new ski, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it in this full review of the 2023 Volkl Mantra 102!

Top Five Fridays: May 6, 2022

Well, it may be May, but that didn’t stop the ski news from coming in hot this week! On either side of this week’s highlight reel, we’ve got FIS news, first from the organization itself where current president Johan Eliasch is looking to re-write the rules for international broadcasting, and then from Mikaela Shiffrin who gives us the most personal look into her life yet. Between those bookends we’ll dive into a handful of topics that discuss some ongoing themes within the ski industry. Find out all you need to know about these headlines, and check out the best edits of the week, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Salomon QST Lumen 98 Ski Review

Well skiers, there’s no way around it: today’s a big day for us here on Chairlift Chat. As you know, we’ve been putting out comprehensive ski reviews here on the blog for years now. Over the course of those years though, there’s been a glaring omission: a lack of women’s content. Starting today, we’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve started working with one of Mad River Glen’s Head Freeskiing coaches, Emily Crofton, to bring an equivalent caliber of review to women’s skis. To kick things off, she’s put together a review of the all new 2023 Salomon QST 98, a ski whose predecessor Emily has skied on for years. So, without further ado, we highly recommend clicking through to read her review of this exciting new ski! It’s a good one, we promise.

Top Five Fridays: April 29, 2022

This week in the world of ski news, we’ve got a couple of resort related headlines, as well as a doubleheader of eco-friendliness. To kick things off, we’ll share with you a number of resorts that have decided to extend their seasons, prompting us to wonder if the ski season has started shifting later into the year. From there we’ll update you on some big plans from Winter Park before turning our attention to two really cool eco-friendly highlights, including a new recyclable ski from Rossignol. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Fischer Ranger 96 Ski Review

This week, we’re nervous but excited to bring you a full review of what’s likely to be one of the more controversial skis of the 2023 season. As you might already know, Fischer totally redesigned their beloved Ranger series this year (with at least a little input from us, might we add), and in doing so has changed the personality of some of their most popular skis. Personally, we think the changes make skis like the Fischer Ranger 96 and the Ranger 102 skis all around better, although there’s sure to be some discussion around that in the year ahead. We’ve already given the 102 the full review treatment, so this week, we’re excited to share with you our official review of the 2023 Fischer Ranger 96. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: April 22, 2022

This week in ski news we’ve got a surprisingly thought provoking lineup of headlines as we cover a triple header of topics from the world of ski resorts. From Stowe’s new paid parking policy, to the thriving success of Colorado’s independent ski resorts, and New York’s $90m contribution to select resorts, we have a number of complex topics worth considering this week. Don’t worry though, it’s not all heavy reading as we round things out with a spotlight of upcoming USST athlete Luke Winters as well as a number of excellent edits from the week. Check out all you need to know from the latest in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Liberty Origin 96 Ski Review

Looking for a twin tip ski that doesn’t ski quite like a twin tip? Something that’s a bit burlier than your average buttery park ski, but not as series as some of the more charge-ready freeride skis? If this sounds like your ticket to on snow success, the 2023 Liberty Origin 96 might just be the ride for you. With its freestyle inspired shape and flex zones, combined with singular metal strut, the Origin offers an uncommon blend of park influence and all mountain performance. Get all the details about what makes this ski so exceptional right here in our full review!

Top Five Fridays: April 15, 2022

Another week, another round up of ski news! Now that it’s the off season in most places, ski news is starting to shift slightly from “what’s happening now,” to “what happened last season, and what lies ahead.” With that thought in mind, this week’s ski news starts by sharing a couple of interesting articles about what goes into making an FIS course, before discussing everything from improvements to employee housing at several ski resorts to unfathomable amounts of snow in Japan. We’ll quit being vague and tell you all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays. Enjoy!

Trip Report! Bob and Jeff Hit Alta with Salomon Skis

Last week, prolific ski testers Jeff Neagle and Bob St.Pierre, who you might simply know as “Jeff and Bob,” were invited out to ski Alta with Salomon skis. While the dynamic duo had previously tested a number of 2023 Salomon skis here at Stowe, the idea of retesting their favorites in the vast terrain of Alta provided enough allure to immediately respond to the invitation with a, “yes.” This then, is the story of their trip, along with reflections on how the QST 106’s and various Salomon Stance skis handled the rocky mountain terrain.

Top Five Fridays: April 8, 2022

Ah yes, another week, another Top Five Friday! This time around, we’ve got two very exciting highlights, and two that take on the topic of crowding. On that front, we share with you the news that the Ikon Pass has announced a reservation system for seven of its resorts next year, as well as the news that the UDOT has delayed its decision to officially recommend a solution for the Little Cottonwood Canyon traffic issue. On the more exciting side of the news, we also share with you Bode Miller’s third new business endeavor in four months with his new ski brand, Peak Skis. Finally, we round out the week by sharing the latest news from Level 1 Productions’ Superunknown contest. So, without further ado, we highly recommend clicking through and finding out what you need to know from this week in ski news!

Top Five Fridays: April 1, 2022

While this week’s ski news is all over the map in many ways, it all falls under one consistent theme: intriguing. To kick things off, we’ll share both the highlights and the lowlights from the final stop on the 2022 Freeride World Tour, where some athletes put down incredibly successful runs, while others went out in wildly destructive fashion. From there we’ll tell you about a new semi-private business model being considered by Tahoe’s Homewood Mountain Resort, and share with you an incredibly feel-good story regarding Ski Utah’s “Discover Winter” program. Finally, we’ll round out the week with a story from the Trojena district in Neom, Saudi Arabia’s futuristic ski town. That last one might sound like an April Fool’s joke, but as far as we can tell, it’s entirely real. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Head Kore 99 Ski Review

Since it’s inception, the Head Kore 99 has proven to be one of the more experimental freeride skis we’ve had the pleasure of testing. Since it’s birth in the 2018/2019 season, the Kore 99 has used everything from Koroyd, to Graphene, to even polyester fleece. Regardless of which iteration we’ve tested, we’ve always found the ski to offer a unique set of properties that have made it hard to pin point a specific skier type that it’s best suited for. For 2023, Head gives the ski another update, and to be honest, it’s our favorite one yet. While they remain hard to classify as a specialist in any one area, the 2023 Kore 99 is an incredibly fun option for the right skier. To find out if you fit the bill, click through and check out this comprehensive ski review!

Top Five Fridays: March 25, 2022

Well, it’s been another week, which means we’re back again with another Top Five Friday! This week the big news for us was the successful completion of our 6th Annual Ski Test, but we’ll have plenty of time to discuss and share that with you in the months ahead. With that said, we’re excited to share with you the final results from this year’s FIS Alpine World Cup, as well as some exciting news from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team who announced two big hires this week. From there we’ll share a story about ski town housing shortages that takes a different angle than we’re used to, before rounding out the week with a polarizing op-ed from a Utah resident who would rather pay $25/day to park at Alta than to ride a gondola up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Find out all the details you need to know from this week’s ski news, and catch some excellent edits, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Nordica Unleashed 98 Ski Review

For 2023, Nordica has blessed us with a whole slate of new skis, introducing both the Unlimited and Unleashed series. This week, Bob takes us through the new Nordica Unleashed 98, telling us all of the reasons why, as much as he loved the Soul Rider that it replaces, he's fallen head over heels for this new ski. Taking cues from a number of skis within Nordica's lineup, the new Unleashed 98 is a blend of traits that offers the perfect ride for skiers like Bob. Find out all of the details about this new ski in this official review!