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Top Five Fridays: December 3, 2021

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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!

2023 Elan Ripstick Tour 104 Ski Review

This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re extremely excited to bring you our first full ski review of the season, and our first 2023 ski review at that! A few weeks back, we previewed Elan’s new Ripstick Tour Skis. Amongst that set is the Ripstick Tour 104, Glen Plake’s first ever signature model. Ever since this ski showed up at our office, courtesy of Elan, we’ve been drooling over it, anxious to test it out on snow. So, now that Stowe is officially open for the season, we’ve wasted no time in putting it through the ringer and making it the subject of our first 2023 ski review. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: November 26, 2021

This week in ski news, we have the pleasure of recapping an FIS World Cup Alpine event, as well as an FIS World Cup Freeskiing event! We’ll tell you all you need to know about those, highlighting the U.S. Team’s performance, before shifting gears into some of the bigger issues facing the ski industry, by way of an interview with ALterra CEO Rusty Gregory, and an article from Utah’s Deseret News. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Touring Ski Guide

Finally, for our last comparison article of the season, we’re talking touring skis. Now, to be clear, any flat ski can technically be a touring ski, but in recent years as that segment of the sport has grown, manufacturers have began focusing on more nimble options that remain powerful on the downhill portion of the journey. This week, we’ll compare some of those touring-focused options as well as a number of other skis that would make great uphill options in the conclusion of our 2022 Ski Comparison series!

Top Five Fridays: November 19, 2021

This week in ski news we’ve got a round up that’s sure to entertain! While most weeks we find ourselves sharing news that falls under common, ongoing themes within the sport of skiing, this week we came across a number of articles that stood out for their uniqueness. As such, we’ll kick things off by sharing a number of FIS related highlights, before checking in the availability of ski equipment this year, the status of bighorn sheep in the Tetons, as well as a trip report from the legendary David Goodman for the New York Times. Finally, as always, we’ll send you off with a selection of our favorite ski edits from the past week. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Women's ~100 MM All Mountain Ski Guide

This week on Chairlift Chat, we bring you yet another comparison article to help you get ready for winter. This time, we’re shifting our attention to women’s skis as we compare and contrast 21 different all mountain skis with waist widths hovering right around the 100mm mark. While these skis make up arguably the most versatile category of women’s skis, they’re also a diverse bunch with a wide range of personalities. If you’re in the market for a ~100 mm wide women’s all mountain ski, check out this full comparison!

Top Five Fridays: November 12, 2021

This week in ski news, things slowed down in just about every category besides the FIS. There, we caught not one, not two, but three headlines worthy of sharing. We’ll start by sharing official rosters for the U.S. Alpine and Freeski teams, before checking in on the latest thoughts and feelings surrounding parallel slalom events. Then, we’ll tell you about an exciting new FIS initiative which is set to make them the first climate positive sports organization, before rounding things out with some helpful ski photography tips and a few excellent ski edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Frontside Ski Guide

Well, we’ve finally arrived at one of the most requested ski comparisons of the season: men’s frontside skis. While this category is something of a niche within skiing, focusing on strong, fast skiers only, it’s also one of the most confusing, making it a perfect candidate for our comparison series. With a slew of great frontside skis that mimic, resemble, and sometimes actually are FIS World Cup level race skis, this particular category requires research to make sure you get it right. So, without further ado, let’s get right into our 2022 comparison of frontside skis!

2023 Nordica Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited Early Product Launch

Ever find yourself wishing Nordica made a lighter, more tour-centric version of their super popular Enforcer and Santa Ana skis? If so, then boy do we have a treat for you today! As of this moment, we’re excited to share with you a secret that we’ve been sitting on for longer than we would’ve liked: Nordica has just issued an early release of the new Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited lineups! Using similar shapes and technology as the original Enforcer and Santa Ana skis, the Unlimited series offers a total of 5 different skis that offer reduced weight and more playful personalities. Find out what you need to know, and learn how you can order a pair immediately, in this full recap of the all new Nordica Enforcer Unlimited and Nordica Santa Ana Unlimited skis!

Top Five Fridays: November 5, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a mix of updates that’s indicative of mid-November. Too early for consistent competition news, and too late for pure pre-season hype, we find ourselves in what we’ve just decided to call “the quiet before the storm.” The good news about this week though, is that it gives us a chance to bring you up to speed on the latest developments from some of the more common issues within the ski industry. From traffic congestion and Covid to affordable housing, this week’s ski news focuses on keeping you up to date with the latest developments. Click through to find out what you need to know from this week in skiing!

2023 Elan Ripstick Tour Early Product Launch

BREAKING NEWS: Elan has just launched a brand new trio of skis, the Ripstick Tour series. Building on their popular Ripstick lineup, Elan has just announced an early season release of the Ripstick Tours, three skis ranging in widths, all geared towards giving you the best, lightest touring ski possible. Consisting of three models, the 88, 94, and the 104 (which just so happens to be Glen Plake’s first ever pro model), we’re extremely excited to announce that we’re currently taking pre-orders for these skis which will ship from our warehouse in December. Curious to learn more? Click through and we’ll give you the full run down on each model in the series.

Top Five Fridays: October 29, 2021

This week in ski news, we’re excited to bring you a trio of highlights that make this remind us that ski season is very much on the way, if not already underway, in several locations. We’ll start by covering a pair of FIS World Cup contests that we previewed last week, before sharing the news of tremendous snowfall across a number of West Coast resorts. Finally, we’ll round the week out with some new news from Alpine-X as well as a number of excellent edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Women's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when we release our first 2022 Women’s Ski Comparison, then today’s the day you rejoice. In this week’s continuation of our 2022 Ski Comparison series, we’re taking a look at 22 different all mountain women’s skis in the ~90mm width. Featuring models like the Blizzard Black Pearl 88, Volkl Kenja 88, the K2 Mindbender Alliance 90 C, and more, this category of women’s skis is one of the most popular segments on the market. To learn more about what makes each of these 22 skis unique, click through and check out this comprehensive comparison!

Top Five Fridays: October 22, 2021

With this weekend marking the first competitive events of the season for both alpine skiing and freestyle skiing, this week’s recap is chock full of Olympic ski news! We’ll share with you some previews and updates regarding this weekend’s events, as well as some industry news regarding the Great Resignation’s impact on ski resorts and mountain town businesses. Finally, to round things out, we’ll share a potentially polarizing story regarding Jamaica’s Olympic ski team as well as a number of excellent edits from the week. Find out all you need to know in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Another week in October, another ski comparison article hot off the press! This week, we’re comparing another incredibly popular segment: Men’s Mid 90mm All Mountain Skis. In this category, we have a range of versatile skis, plenty capable of holding their own in a variety of conditions. From park centric twin tips to skis with a focus on speed, this category has one, if not two skis for everyone. Click in to see how 22 skis within this category compare!