Despite being midway through June, this week quite literally brought us more ski news than we could handle. At the top of that list is news from the FIS where the former CEO of HEAD has just been elected president. We’ll tell you all about that, share news regarding the World Cup stop at Killington, recap an overall successful ski season, and bring you up to speed on the latest from a bill making its way through congress that could greatly benefit ski areas. Learn about these topics as well as a couple bonus highlights and edits in this week’s edition of Top 5 Fridays!
Wondering what possibly could have happened in the world of skiing during the first week in June? Well, as it turns out… actually not that much! We start this week by sharing the news that Alterra has hired a former Ticketmaster executive as its new president, before sharing a few stories that share ongoing stories from the world of skiing. From a recap of how ski resorts were forced to adopt new technologies as a result of Covid, to news regarding the use of drones at ski resorts and Aspen’s own power plant, we cover a wide range of ski-based topics in this week’s recap. To find out all the details you need to know, check out this edition of Top 5 Fridays!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in all of years, it’s that there’s not always a strong personality behind every pretty face. That said, sometimes there is. Such is the case with the brand new 2022 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT- a brand new ski that’s as beautiful to look at as it is to ride. Borrowing construction ideas from their World Cup caliber skis, Fischer has created a “race ski for the whole day.” In other words, this exciting new ski has a lot of the same high end performance characteristics as their race skis, without requiring the talent or fitness level of a world class athlete to enjoy it. Find out what makes this new ski so exciting in our full review of the 2022 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT!
Despite being the last week of May, somehow, someway the ski news keeps flowing in! This week, we’ll start by recapping the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team’s 2021 Congress, which saw a number of new rules and adjustments to the structure of FIS events in America. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest efforts to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, share new news regarding the role of ski patrollers, and finally round things out with a highlight regarding plans for a slew of new indoor ski areas in the U.S.. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
Back for 2022 from Liberty Skis is the Evolv90, an all-mountain ski with something of a cult following from those who love it’s on-piste performance. While the ski itself is back with the same overall shape, Liberty’s revamped the construction of the ski to create a more stable, powerful on-trail experience. Featuring Liberty’s new VMT 3.0 core, the Evolv90 proves to be a great ski for those most interested in laying down frontside carves, but who also get tempted into softer or bumpier terrain from time to time. Learn more about the tweaks made to the 2022 Liberty Evolv90 in this comprehensive ski review!
In this edition of Summer Ski News, we start things off with a couple of highlights from the world of ski racing, where the FIS has an upcoming election for a new president, and we’re learning more about a proposed plan to bring ski racing to the Matterhorn. From there we’ll share some news from Alterra, who’s just announced a new foundation that looks to provide financial support to those in its mountain communities, before rounding out the week by bringing you up to speed on the latest from the story of the first ever avalanche that resulted in criminal charges. Find out all you need to know about these topics and check out our favorite edits from the week in this edition of Top Five Fridays!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!