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Top Five Fridays: September 17, 2021

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This week, ski news is back in a big way as we have a number of excellent highlights, plus three high quality ski edits to check out. We’ll start this week by sharing the news of Squaw Valley’s new name, before checking in on the latest on Covid’s impact on ski resorts. From there, we’ll share with you a study that indicates nordic skiing could be a way to avoid developing anxiety, before finally sharing the recently released Freeride World Tour Calendar. Find out all of the details from these stories, and check out the best ski edits from the week, in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

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

Well, it’s the third week in September, so you know what that means: it’s time to get into our annual ski comparison articles! These days, there are a ton of skis that more or less look the same on paper, but vary widely when it comes to on hill performance and personality. In this article, we’ll look at 20 different Men’s All Mountain skis with waist widths hovering around 90mm to help give you an idea of which ski might be best for you this year. Click through to learn more!

Top Five Fridays: September 10, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got another pre-season grab bag of topics, ranging from the world of FIS to backcountry skiing. To kick things off, we’ll share an excellent article that takes us behind the scenes of Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s recent decision to leave Rossignol in favor of HEAD skis. From there we’ll touch on an update from Sierra-at-Tahoe before sharing some legal news regarding liability at Colorado ski resorts. Finally, we round things out with an update from Bluebird Backcountry as well as a few excellent edits from the week. Find out everything you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: September 3, 2021

This week in ski news, we have the unenviable task of revisiting the impact of the Caldor fire on the Lake Tahoe region for a second week in a row. We’ll share the latest on that story, before shifting gears and telling you about an exciting new program from the FIS, as well as updates regarding the Little Cottonwood Canyon transportation dilemma. Finally, we’ll round out the week with a trio of announcements from Michigan’s Mount Bohemia. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: August 27, 2021

This week in ski news, we bring you yet another summertime grab bag as we feature stories covering a range of ski related topics. Unfortunately, we start the week by covering the biggest news: the Caldor wildfire that’s threatening Tahoe area resorts. After that, we’ll switch to a few more lighthearted topics, including an up and down story from CopenHill, an exciting new partnership between Telluride and Spot Injury Insurance, and a cool read about the importance of summertime mountain ops. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: August 20, 2021

This week in the world of skiing, we’ve got another grab bag of topics, ranging from stories from the FIS, to politically charged drama surrounding Jackson Hole. We’ll tell you more about those topics, while also sharing an update from Aspen regarding uphill ski access as well as a potential shortage of skis in the season ahead. Find out all you need to know from the world of skiing in this week’s Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: August 13, 2021

This week in ski news, we have a couple of heavy hitting headlines, chief amongst which is the news that Vail CEO Rob Katz will be leaving his role on November 1st. We’ll tell you more about that in our first highlight, before sharing a sponsorship update for Ryan Cochran-Siegle, news of a new technical apparel line being produced by the Aspen Skiing Co., as well as updates from the Indy Pass and Mayflower Ski Resort. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: August 6, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got a bunch of great articles to share with you from SkiRacing.com, where they’ve just published an interesting op-ed highlighting the differences in youth ski racing culture between the U.S. and Europe, as well as a number of articles featuring stories of ski racers who made the USST without going broke. Plus, we’ll share an update from Squaw Valley where they’re asking you to help rename a chairlift, and from South Korea, where the former Olympic Downhill and Super G venue is set to be reforested. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 30, 2021

Well, it’s the end of July, which means we’re right in that sweet spot just before pre-season news really starts ramping up, and after the initial wave of off-season updates. As such, we’ve got a pretty light week on our hands, with must updates falling more into the category of “interesting” than “breaking”. That said, this week’s recap is full of interesting stories, as well as a number of great trailers for upcoming films, so we encourage you to check it out to learn what you need to know from this week in ski news!

Top Five Fridays: July 23, 2021

This week in ski news, we’ve got an even split between competitive highlights, and highlights regarding ski resorts. In the first half of our recap, we’ll bring you up to speed on the USST’s newly announced Mogul D Team which looks to promote talented mogul skiers, before bringing you exciting news from the world of Ski Mountaineering, which has just been approved to make its Olympic debut in 2026. Then, we’ll take a look at some resort news, including updates regarding labor shortages as well as more moves being made by the Indy Pass. Click through to find out all you need to know from this week in ski news!

2022 Black Crows Mirus Cor Ski Review

In 2021, it feels safe to say that there's been a bit of a homogenization when it comes to new ski designs. There's a handful of agreed upon categories, and the skis within each category follow a similar template. Typically the variety within skis comes from subtle differences in construction techniques that result in noticeably different on snow experiences. Keeping that in mind, it's with great excitement that we share a ski that strikes us as being refreshingly different: the 2022 Black Crows Mirus Cor. We'll dive into the details in this full review, but for now, just consider this description: the Black Crows Mirus Cor is a split tail twin tip with a turn radius in the low teens. Now, click through to read our full review of this unique, incredibly fun ski.

Top Five Fridays: July 16, 2021

The biggest headline in ski news was undoubtedly, and unfortunately the passing of Gian Franco Kasper, the 23 year president of the FIS who held the role right up until his hospitalization a month ago. We’ll share those details, as well as other news from the world of FIS, a new diversity and inclusion action plan from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, as well as an update from pending lawsuits against Alterra and Vail. Noting the weight of our first highlights, we round this week out with a lighthearted read about the history of Alaska’s famous Alyeska resort. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 9, 2021

This week in ski news, we take you all over the world as we share with you updates from North America, South America, and Europe. To kick things off, we’ll share some news from the FIS where recently elected President Johan Eliasch hasn’t wasted any time getting new processes in place. From there we’ll share with you a story regarding the difficulties French ski resorts are having in hiring British workers, plus news from Chile where ski resorts have finally reopened after the pandemic. Finally, we’ll round things out with a story of another incredible ski mountaineering accomplishment as well as a couple great edits! Find out what you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!

2022 Stockli Laser AR Ski Review

If you’re looking for an frontside ski capable of dabbling in all-mountain conditions, and one that’s willing to be pushed as much or as little as you want, then the 2022 Stockli Laser AR is certainly worthy of your consideration. Built like a World Cup caliber racing ski, the Laser AR’s unique advantage is that it’s equally at home on intermediate trails as it is being pushed to the limit down steep double black diamond groomers. If you’re looking to add a ski to the quiver that has no limits on speed or capabilities, the 2022 Stockli Laser AR might just be the perfect ski for you. Check out this comprehensive review to find out why!

Top Five Fridays: July 2, 2021

This week in the world of ski news, we were treated to a mixed bag of highlights that’s typical for this time of year. We’ll start this week’s round of news with an article highlighting Vail’s deep cash reserves, and their acknowledgement that they’ll remain aggressive in pursuit of resort acquisitions moving forward. From there we’ll share with you a 6 month rescue report from Teton County Search and Rescue, news of a newly upgraded power system at Snowbird, and a story of an incredible accomplishment made by two disabled skiers. Find out all the details from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!