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Top Five Fridays: May 14, 2021

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Full disclosure: this is our favorite Top 5 Friday in a long time. Typically at this time of year, we find ourselves discussing off season topics, most of which give ski news a much different feel from mid-winter weeks in which we’re neck deep in competition results. This week, not only do we get to explore some of those off-season topics, but all four of our highlights are quite simply “cool”. From a high school opening a ski building lab, to multiple first descents, a ski-up vaccination event, and plenty more, this week’s news is full of awesome updates. To find out what you need to know from this week in ski news, check out this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 DPS Pagoda 100 RP Ski Review

New from DPS Skis for 2022 is an expansion of their Pagoda line of core construction. Amongst the new Pagoda skis is the Pagoda 100 RP, a direct descendent of the DPS Alchemist Wailer 100 RP. Taking the same exact shape as that ski, the 2022 DPS Pagoda 100 RP utilizes the new Pagoda construction to create a ride that’s smoother and damper than ever before. Find out our complete thoughts on this exciting new ski in this review of the 2022 DPS Pagoda 100 RP Ski!

Top Five Fridays: May 7, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a mixed bag of highlights, but don’t worry, they’re all positive. We’ll start things off by sharing the latest updates from U.S. Ski Team athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle who’s back on snow after suffering a season ending injury in January. From there, we’ll share an encouraging update about skiing’s widening demographic, as well as a story highlighting Breckenridge Ski Patrol’s decision to unionize. Finally, we round things out with an exciting update from legendary trail map artist James Niehues and a few standout ski edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Stockli Stormrider 102 Ski Review

New from Stockli for 2022 is the Stormrider 102, which takes the crown from last year’s Stormrider 105 as the widest ski in Stockli’s lineup. Now, when you think of Stockli, you likely think, “expensive,” right? Well, yes, but has anyone ever explained exactly why Stockli is worthy of a higher price tag? In short, it’s a result of two things: quality, and attention to detail. We’ll tell you more about about Stockli’s construction process, as well as what makes this particular ski such an exciting addition to Stockli’s lineup. Click through to find out all you need to know about the 2022 Stockli Stormrider 102!

Top Five Fridays: April 30, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a mixed bag of highlights. To kick things off, we’ll share what we’re calling chapter 3 in the ongoing Shiffrin saga, as USA Today shared an article this week that provides interesting insights into Mikaela’s recent return to form. Plus, we’ll share news about the likelihood of an explosion of tourism in mountain towns, a couple of exciting multi pass updates, and news of a new ski boot recycling program, courtesy of Tecnica Blizzard. Find out everything you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 Black Crows Serpo Ski Review

New from Black Crows for 2022 is the Serpo, a ski that that Black Crows reps and SkiEssentials employees alike think will be their best selling ski next season. Built similarly to the Justis, the Serpo is a 93mm wide, easy to initiate, difficult to overpower ski that we think will hit the sweet spot for a wide range of skiers. Because this is a brand new ski, there’s lots to talk about, so without further delay, let’s jump right into our full review of the 2022 Black Crows Serpo!

Top Five Fridays: April 23, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a couple of exciting announcements from the world of ski racing, where the USST is back on snow for off season training and progress is being made to strengthen the relationship between them and the NCAA. Plus, we’ll check in with the latest news from Granby Ranch, before rounding the week out with a cool story from the world of ski jumping as well as FIVE(!) great edits from this week. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: April 16, 2021

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!