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Top Five Fridays: September 23, 2022

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After a very rare 2 week hiatus, we’re excited to be back with another round of ski news in this week’s Top 5 Fridays! While we apologize for our absence, we think it’s with good reason as we were cranking away, dialing in the last minute details needed to launch the 2023 Snowboard Test, our first ever snowboard test here on SkiEssentials. We’ll tell you more about that before shifting gears to cover two clever programs being put out by ski resorts in an effort to solve some ongoing issues. Finally, we’ll round things out with more information about an exciting all-female ski film, “Nexus,” as well as a number of excellent edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Well, it’s another Thursday in September, so you know what that means: it’s time for another one of our ski comparison guides! This week, for the fourth installment of our 2023 series, we’re excited to bring you a comparison of Men’s mid-90 mm All Mountain skis. We’ve been trying to focus on the most sought after categories first, and in the comments for the 100 mm Men’s Freeride comparison, which we launched last week, you all made it quite clear that you were dying to see an overview of the new 2023 Men’s mid-90 mm All Mountain Skis. So, without further ado, we’re excited to bring you exactly that, as we cover 24 of the hottest Men’s All Mountain skis in this comprehensive ski guide! Enjoy!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 100 mm Freeride Ski Guide

This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re excited to bring you our third ski comparison of the year, and it’s one that we’re personally particularly excited about as we love this category of skis: men’s mid 100 mm Freeride skis. Grouped solely by waist width, skis within this category have a wide range of personalities, from the soft and surfy K2 Reckoner 102, to the particularly serious and straightforward Rossignol Sender 106 Ti Plus or lightweight tourers like the Atomic Backland 107 or the Nordic Enforcer 104 Unlimited. No matter what your ski style is, if you’re looking for a ski in the mid-100mm width range, make sure you check out this comparison of the top 2023 Men’s mid 100mm Freeride Skis

Top Five Fridays: September 9, 2022

And we’re back, with another round of the most exciting ski news from the week! This time around, we’ve got a banner headline as Jay Peak Resort has finally been purchased after several years of legal limbo. We’ll tell you who bought the resort and how much they paid, as well as the latest legal status of Vail Resort’s effort to build affordable housing in the town of Vail, some exciting news from Faction Skis, and some winter predictions from the two Farmer’s Almanacs. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Last week on Chairlift Chat, we brought you one of the most anticipated articles of the year: the 2023 Men’s 100mm All Mountain Ski Comparison! This week, we’re keeping our most popular series going with arguably our second most anticipated article of the year: the 2023 Men’s 90mm All Mountain Ski Comparison! This time around, we’re focusing on the narrower side of All Mountain skis which aims to satisfy a wide range of skiers- particularly those who want a little more versatility than what a traditional frontside ski can give them, but aren’t interested in skis with triple digit waist widths. If this sounds like you, click through to check out our comparison of 22 of what are sure to be the most popular skis in 2023!

Top Five Fridays: September 2, 2022

Another week, another round of ski news! This time around, we’ve got a bunch of resort-centric news, but not in the way you might think. We’ll start by sharing an update from the FIS’s recent visit to Aspen, as well as updates from Sierra at Tahoe and Mayflower resort. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest decisions regarding the transportation situation at Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon before rounding the week out with a highlight from Switzerland where ski lift operator Glacier 3000 is building what will likely become one of the most recognizable ski runs in the world. Spoiler alert: it includes a tunnel. Find out all you need to know about these headlines, and check out the best ski edits of the week, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's 100 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

You’ve been clamoring for it for weeks, and trust us, we’ve heard you. That’s why today’s such a big day for us as we introduce the first of our 2023 Ski Comparison series! This year we’re kicking things off with one of the most popular categories there is: the Men’s 100mm All Mountain category. In addition to classics like the 2023 Salomon QST 98, and the 2023 Fischer Ranger 102, we’re also super excited to highlight skis that are new to us, like the Scott Pure Mission 98. With 24 skis in this year’s comparison, it marks our largest comparison article ever, meaning it’s one you won’t want to miss if you’re in the market for a ski from this category this year. So, with the stage set, we encourage you to jump right in and start comparing the best in men’s 2023 100 mm All Mountain Skis!

Top Five Fridays: August 26, 2022

This week in ski news, we kick things off with a favorable forecast as a Triple Dip La Niña event is being predicted for the upcoming season, likely bringing considerable snowfall to the Pacific Northwest. We’ll share more details on this, as well as news of new daily lift ticket policies from Vail, progress in Jay Peaku’s pursuit of a purchaser, and Andrzej Bargiel’s pursuit of another first descent- this time down Everest. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news, and check out the best edits from the week, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 K2 Mindbender 99 Ti Ski Review

After taking the market by storm in 2019, K2 has gone back to the drawing board for the 2023 release of their Mindbender Ti skis. With a host of new construction details, new widths and shapes, and even rocker profiles, the updated Mindbender Ti skis are some of the most enjoyable, powerful freeride skis on the market. Amongst the group, the 2023 K2 Mindbender 99 Ti is sure to be one of the most popular next season, with lengths ranging from 154 - 190cm and graphics for both Men & Women. This week, Emily reflects on her test sessions with the ski, in which she immediately fell in love the with combination of finesse and power offered in this ski. Hear her complete thoughts in this full review of the 2023 K2 Mindbender 99 Ti!

Top Five Fridays: August 19, 2022

This week in ski news, we get the pleasure of starting with some self-congratulatory news for the second week in a row as we’re extremely excited to announce that our merger with Killington’s Basin Sports is officially official! We’ll tell you more about what that means for you, our loyal customer, before shifting gears and sharing news of an exciting new, first of its kind, event being planned to push female freeskiing even further. From there we’ll share a trio of articles that touch on the tight relationship between skiing and the environment before rounding things out with a story about one of the most important people in U.S. ski racing history as well as a number of excellent edits. Find out what you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Nordica Speedmachine 3 120 & 130 Ski Boot Review

It’s not often that we review ski boots here on Chairlift Chat, mostly due to the simple fact that ski boots about ski boots are a much, much more personal piece of ski equipment. While we could slap on any number of different skis and put together a review that’s reflective of their performance, the same simply cannot be done with ski boots. Their fit and flex are far too specific to each skier to be able to review a wide range of them. That said, as luck would have it, both Jeff and Bob found themselves putting a considerable amount of time in on the 2023 Nordica Speedmachine 3 120 & 130 ski boots last winter, which means this is a perfect opportunity for us to review these excellent, performance boots. Even if you’re not in the market for this particular pair, this review will likely contain information that can help inform your next ski boot purchase, so we encourage you to click through to learn more!

Top Five Fridays: August 12, 2022

It’s a big, big week for us here at SkiEssentials! In case you somehow missed the memos but are reading this, we’ll tell you right now, we’re exceptionally excited to share with you our 2023 Ski Test! Featuring more skis, from more brands, and more testers than ever before, this year’s test is by far our favorite one yet. We’ll gloat a bit about that to start the week, before bringing you up to speed with some much less exciting news from both the National Ski Patrol and Mt. Bachelor, before rounding things out with a highlight from the only ski resort south of the equator in Africa. From there, we’ll share the latest round of our favorite edits, including two trailers for upcoming ski flicks. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: August 5, 2022

We’ve got plenty to discuss this week in ski news, starting with a significant update to the situation at Gunstock Mountain Resort that we first told you about last week. We’ll bring you up to speed with the latest (good) news there, before moving on to discuss a number of insights shared with us this week from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. From there we’ll move on to tell you about the latest news in the Jay Peak saga as an official purchase offer has finally been signed, as well as a fascinating story about the dangers associated with summiting the tallest peak in America. Read all about this week’s ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays.

Top Five Fridays: July 29, 2022

This week in ski news, we were blessed with four different stories that all focus on the theme of ski resorts. Dominating that list is the unbelievable, yet somehow true story of how Gunstock Mountain Resort has gone from one of the greatest success stories in ski resort management, to on the verge of absolute catastrophe in just a matter of two weeks. From there, we’ll share a story from Keystone, where the U.S. Forest Service has demanded that operations on the expansion into the Bergman Bowl area cease immediately, as well as two stories from summer skiing in Europe. Find out all the details about these stories and more in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

Top Five Fridays: July 22, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got ourselves a classic Summer edition as the world of skiing has brought us a smattering of highlights. To start, we’ll dive in deeper to the world of ski mountaineering ahead of the Olympics, bringing you some updates and preview information you’ll want to know. From there, we’ll check in on the status of ski factories in Ukraine, share a cool startup that could be part of the ski town housing solution, as well as the Greatest Ski Edit of All Time, as determined by the users of Newschoolers.com. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!