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Top Five Fridays: April 16, 2021

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This week in ski news, we’ve gone full off-season mode as a majority of our highlights focus on upcoming ski resort projects. To kick things off, we’ll share with you the latest news from Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows, where the long awaited Base-to-Base Gondola project is finally set to get underway this summer. From there we’ll tell you about a very exciting proposal for a new ski resort in British Columbia, before rounding out the theme with a highlight regarding terrain alterations in Alta. Finally, we’ll recap last week’s Audi Nines event and share a couple of great edits to take you into the weekend. Find out what you need to know from the world of ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Liberty Origin 101 Ski Review

Coming in hot from Liberty skis for 2022 is an entirely redesigned Origin series. While the three previous widths (96, 106, and 112) have all carried through, the entire lineup is treated to a new core construction and there’s also a new width option available for next season: the 101. We had the opportunity to get our hands on a pair of the new Origin 101’s, and the timing could’t have been better. With Spring skiing in full effect here in Stowe, the 2022 Liberty Origin 101 has proven to provide the perfect blend of playfulness and power for these slushy conditions. Find out more about this exciting new ski in this official ski review!

Top Five Fridays: April 9, 2021

This week, for the first time in months, ski news had something of an “off season” feel. To get things started, we find ourselves sharing a handful of articles that look at the economic results of the pandemic ski season in Vermont and New Mexico. From there, we’ll provide an update regarding the use of H2-B and J1 visas, share with you news of an exciting partnership between Arapahoe Basin and Bluebird Backcountry, and tell you what we know about the 2021 Audi Nine’s event, currently underway in Crans-Montana. Find out what you need to know from this week’s ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 Salomon Stance 90 Ski Review

Returning unchanged from 2021, the 2022 Salomon Stance 90 is one of our favorite overlooked skis from last season. Occupying the crowded 88-90mm width, advanced all mountain category, the Stance 90 is a ski that hasn’t received the same level of attention as some of the other skis in the same segment, but absolutely deserves to be talked about. Filling the void between basic and burly, the Stance 90 is an incredibly fun, intuitive, and capable ski that a wide range of skier types and abilities would enjoy. Get the full scoop on this great under-the-radar ski, in this full review!

Top Five Fridays: April 2, 2021

This week in ski news, we kick things off by tieing up some loose ends in the world of FIS Ski racing, as we caught two great articles regarding one of the U.S. Women’s team’s top athletes, and also have a breakdown of prize winnings amongst all FIS athletes. From there, we’ll recap the last stop on the FIS Freestyle circuit before sharing a couple of interesting articles highlighting impressive uphill feats and finally closing things out with a recap of our favorite ski industry April Fool’s pranks. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this installment of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: March 26, 2021

This week in ski news, we find ourselves highlighting a pair of conclusions before finding ourselves looking ahead to what next season might hold. First, we’ll cover the last races of the FIS season and share overall results from this year’s circuit. Then, we’ll shift over to the Freeride World Tour and recap the last event of the season and also share the overall winners. After these two recaps, we’ll turn our attention to a pair of articles that look into what next season might look like for skiers. Good news: the future is bright as we look to move past the pandemic. Find out all you need to know from this week’s ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: March 19, 2021

This week in ski news, we have plenty of competition results to discuss as multiple competitive circuits are beginning to come to an end. In ski racing, we’ve got results from last weekend to discuss, as well as some updates from this week’s championship races which haven’t at all gone according to plan. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed from last week’s FIS Freeski World Championships in Aspen, as well as the third stop of the Freeride World Tour. Finally, to round things out, we’ll share a cool highlight coming out of Arapahoe Basin, as well as a number of great ski edits from this week. Find out what you need to know from this week in ski news, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Salomon QST 98 Ski Review

About a month ago, we introduced you to the 2022 Salomon QST Blank, one of two new skis in the 2022 Salomon QST lineup. This week, we’re sharing with you our review of the 2022 Salomon QST 98, another fully redesigned ski from the QST lineup. Set to replace the popular 99 width in the series, the QST 98 is arguably the most widely appealing ski in the series as its friendly yet capable shape and construction make it an excellent choice for a number of different skier types. Learn more about this new ski from Salomon in our full review!

Top Five Fridays: March 12, 2021

This week in ski news, we start with back to back highlights from the world of racing, where Mikaela Shiffrin and Jessie Diggins independently teamed up to showcase the dominance of the U.S. Women’s Alpine and Cross Country teams. We’ll explain this take in more detail before shifting gears and telling you about a number of resorts that announced extensions to their operating plans this week. Finally, we’ll round things out with a highlight discussing the role of tour guides in America, as well as a number of great ski edits. Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Head Kore 99 Ski Review

Over the last number of years, the Head Kore collection has carved out a nice little lane for itself as a line of skis that offers both lightweight and stiff characteristics, a combination that’s exceedingly rare in the world of skiing. For 2022, Head’s building on the success of this series with both a reimagining of certain construction techniques, as well as an expansion of waist widths available. This week, we’re taking a closer look at the all new 2022 Head Kore 99. Click through to find out what you need to know about this exciting new ski!

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!