2023 Volkl Kendo 88 Ski Review: Lead Image

2023 Volkl Kendo 88 Ski Review

Ski Reviews

There seems to be a new trend in the ski industry to release next year’s most exciting skis an entire year early. As gear nerds, we’re not made about it as it means we get early looks and reasons to stay excited for what our favorite manufacturers have in store in the year ahead. Today, that trend continues as Volkl has just released the all new 2023 Kendo 88. We were lucky enough to spend some time on this ski out in Sun Valley recently, and we’re happy to say, Volkl nailed it. Click through to learn all about this new ski in this full review!

Top Five Fridays: January 14, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got a double header of FIS World Cup updates, followed by a double header of Vail-based updates. To start, we’ll share with you news from the world of Alpine Racing, where Mikaela Shiffrin has just set a new FIS record. From there, we’ll check in with the men’s and women’s freeski teams who both had a strong showing last weekend in Mammoth. After knocking out that double header, we’ll bring you updates from Vail, where it seems as though they’re starting to make progress towards solving some of the employee-based problems that have plagued them so far this season. We’ll give you all the details and share some of our favorite edits from this week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Atomic Bent Chetler Ski Series Preview

Since 2007, Atomic has offered one of the best powder skis on the market, the Bent Chetler 120. Since 2018, they’ve offered one of the best quiver-killing all mountain twin tips in the Bent Chetler 100. Now, for 2023, Atomic has expanded the Bent Chetler lineup to include a total of five incredible skis: the Bent 85, Bent 90, Bent 100, Bent 110, and Bent Chetler 120. We had the pleasure of hoping on theses skis last week for some test run, and now Atomic’s letting us share an official preview of this exciting new series. We’ll follow up with full individual reviews in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s take a look at the 2023 Atomic Bent Chetler Ski Series.

Top Five Fridays: January 7, 2022

Being that it’s the first Friday of 2022, we would’ve loved to ring in the New Year in style, bringing you a full slate of positivity. Unfortunately, we don’t dictate the ski news, and we pride ourselves in keeping you up to date with the latest headlines, regardless of what they are. As such, we’ve got a pair of highlights this week that are sure to stir up some emotions regarding Vail Resorts and their Epic Pass. But, it’s not all negative news this week. In addition to those headlines, we’ve got FIS Alpine highlights, which bring some positive updates from the Shifrrin camp, as well as an update from Valemount, the mega-resort being planned in British Columbia. Learn more about those topics and catch our favorite edits from the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB Ski Review

Here on SkiEssentials, and across the ski industry in general, we’ve fallen into the pattern of only discussing certain types of skis. Mid-fat all mountain skis, free ride skis, powder skis… the categories that everyone knows and loves. That’s not necessarily the best, or most fair approach to discussing skis though as it neglects an entire category of frontside skis that serve their own, incredibly fun purpose: ripping groomers. This week, we’re refreshing our perspective on this category by reviewing the 2022 Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB Skis - a frontside ski that’s the perfect reminder of how much fun carving hard and fast down groomers can be.

Top Five Fridays: December 31, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got some good news, and some bad news. In the world of ski racing, Ryan Cochran-Siegle put up his best result of the year, while Mikaela Shiffrin tested positive for Covid and was forced to sit on the sidelines. Speaking of which, Covid’s back, and it’s becoming troublesome at resorts across North America. We’ll share some of those details, as well as a story from Stöckli, and one from the Beijing Winter Olympics, where the race course is a big question mark for alpine athletes. To learn more about these highlights and to catch the best edits of the week, check out this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited Ski Review

Back in the beginning of November, we shared with you an overview of the brand new Nordica Enforcer Unlimited series skis, designed to be a lighter weight, tour ready version of the Enforcers. At the time, all we could do was speculate on their performance as we didn’t yet have snow to try them on. Now, in the depths of December, we’ve had a chance to test both the Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited, and the Enforcer 94 Unlimited. Having already shared our review of the 104, we’re eager to share with you our pleasantly surprising review of the 94. Click through to give it a read!

2021 Annual Youth Ski Fundraiser Recap

Accessibility. It's one the most talked about concepts in skiing these days as we all look to make our great sport more inclusive. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but it's also a concept we've taken to heart for years now, as exemplified by our Annual Youth Ski Fundraiser where we help raise money to support local youth ski programs in our area. This year was another banner year for that program, thanks in no small part to you! Click through to get the full recap!

Top Five Fridays: December 24, 2021

First and foremost, merry Christmas Eve to all of our readers who celebrate! Despite being a pseudo holiday for many, our commitment to ski news prevails this week as we bring you yet another Top Five Friday. This week, we have potentially the most competitive ski news ever as the FIS Alpine World Cup hosted races at a total of 5 venues last week. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., Copper Mountain played host to the 2021 Dew Tour. We’ll share all the results we can, as well as a couple of headlines from Vail resorts and Bode Miller in this extra special half-holiday edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Tecnica Cochise 130 & 120 Ski Boot Review

This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re doing something we might not do nearly enough of: reviewing ski boots. To be fair, reviewing boots is a bit trickier than reviewing skis as sometimes a tester’s foot and a the profile of a boot just simply aren’t a good match, making it hard to give an objective opinion. Fortunately for us, and therefore you, legendary Ski Essentials gear reviewer Bob St.Pierre’s foot is a perfect match for the Tecnica Cochise series, and he was eager to take us through some of the pros and cons when choosing between the 2022 Tecnica Cochise 130 and the Cochise 120. If you’re someone who buys boots based on numbers alone, this review might provide some enlightening insights. Don’t take our word for it though, click through to read Bob’s full review of these two excellent ski boots!

Top Five Fridays: December 17, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a bunch of exciting USST Alpine Ski Racing coverage, ranging from race results to individual highlights. We’ll fill you in on the latest from Mikaela Shiffrin, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, and other USST athletes as our race coverage spans two highlights this time around. From there, we’ll share with you some exciting developments regarding the legendary Balsams Resort in New Hampshire, as well as a hopeful highlight from Breckenridge’s recently unionized ski patrol. Of course, we’ll round things out as we always do, with a batch of super exciting ski edits. Catch up on all you need to know from this week in ski news in this installment of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Ski Review

A little over a month ago, we were lucky enough to get the green light from Nordica to share a preview of their brand new 2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited skis. Built as a lightweight counterpart to their Enforcer series, with sights set on becoming a touring option for Enforcer fans, we were immediately intrigued by the potential of these new Enforcer Unlimiteds. But, there wasn’t snow for us to test upon, so we had to practice a lesson in patience. This week, our patience paid off as we finally got to put the 2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited on snow, and boy oh boy were these things fun. We’ll tell you all about it, with great excitement, in our full review of these amazing new skis.

Top Five Fridays: December 10, 2021

This week in ski news, we have a metaphorical ton of FIS results to cover, with three races for both the Men’s and Women’s Alpine teams, as well as Big Air results from both genders. Across the full spectrum of competitive coverage, there’s plenty to be excited about in this week’s news. From there, we’ll move on to three headlines all pertaining to Vail which provides an interesting, if not complex picture of where the biggest business in skiing is currently at, before shifting our focus to an exciting announcement from Alpine-X and Bode Miller. Find out all about these headlines and catch our favorite edits from the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Ski Review

New from Atomic for 2022 are their Maverick and Maven skis. Replacing the Vantage series, the Mavericks and Mavens elevate the frontside all mountain experience by bringing a solid mixture of weight savings and edge grip to the table. This week, we’re taking a closer look at the 2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti, the mid-width offering on the men’s side of the lineup. Using key technologies like Atomic’s HRZN Tech tips and OMatic core construction, the 2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti left a great impression on us, and is a ski we’d highly recommend to the right skier. To learn more about this exciting new ski, click through and give our full review a read!

Top Five Fridays: December 3, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a perfect split, with two pieces of competition news, and two highlights regarding safety. On the competitive side of things, we celebrate Mikaela Shiffrin who’s just tied one of the longest standing FIS records, and looks set to break it in the near future. We’ll also share a story from FIS Freeskier Sarah Hoefflin regarding her perspectives on the women’s side of the sport. On the safety side of things, we bring you news from Park City’s ski patrollers who are demanding fair wages, and the Canadian Rockies where recent conditions prompted us to write our first avalanche awareness highlight of the season. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!