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Top Five Fridays: June 24, 2022

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This week in ski news, we start with a double dose of updates from the world of competitive skiing, as we follow news of the U.S.’s latest campaign to host an upcoming iteration of the Winter Olympics with coverage of the Vail Daily’s fifth installment of their “Inside the Skiing Pipeline” series. From there, we’ll shift gears and bring you up to speed with the latest updates to the Town of Vail’s short term rental regulations before finally rounding things out with an intriguing story out of Australia, as well as a trio of excellent edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Salomon QST Stella 106 Ski Review

Last year, Salomon played around with the core construction and rocker profile of the QST line in the QST 98 and QST Blank skis. Liking what they saw, they’ve brought the longer rocker profile and use of high-density ABS material into a wider range of skis within the lineup, including the 2023 Salomon QST Stella 106. As a long time 106 rider, we thought Emily would be the perfect person to review these changes to reflect on how they impacted the ski, as well as her overall impression of them. If you’re in the market for a smooth, stable, women’s freeride ski over the 100mm mark, the 2023 Salomon Stella 106 deserves strong consideration. Click through to learn all their is to know about the newest iteration of this longtime favorite ski!

Top Five Fridays: June 17, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got a perfectly split bag, with two highlights coming at us from the world of ski racing, and another two coming from the world of ski resort developments. On the racing side of life, we’ll discuss the fourth installment of the Vail Daily’s Inside the Skiing Pipeline series as well as a highlight from that introduces us to the three new rookies joining the U.S. Women’s Alpine team. In resort news, we also have some controversy coming out of Park City to share, as well as positive news from Killington. Find out all you need to know about this week’s ski news, and check out our favorite edits from the week, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Dynastar M-Pro 84 Ski Review

New from Dynastar for 2023 is the M-Pro 85- the most accessible, arguably most fun M-Pro yet. When the M-Pro series was first launched a couple of years ago, we loved that they put the control in the skier’s hands rather than make the kind of ski that felt as though it had an auto-pilot feature. Until this year however, the M-Pro 84 felt more similar to it’s previous iteration at the Legend 84 rather than its fatter M-Pro brethren. That all changes this year though as Dynastar has introduced the M-Pro 85 which features a construction that’s more inline with its aforementioned siblings. After testing the ski last winter, we have to say, we’re huge fans. Click through to read our full review of the 2023 Dynastar M-Pro 85!

Top Five Fridays: June 10, 2022

This week in ski news, we’ve got a pair of highlights from some of the best Olympic skiers in the world, as well as a pair of highlights coming out of Colorado. On the Olympic side of life, we’ve got big news from Eileen Gu as she continues to maintain a delicate balance between her U.S. and Chinese ties that have suddenly made her career about much more than just skiing. Plus, we’ll share with you exciting news from Lindsey Vonn who just achieved a momentous milestone. On the Coloradan side of life, we’ve got some big statistics to share with you about last season, as well as the third installment of the Vail Daily’s “Inside the Skiing Pipeline” series. Find out all you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Rossignol Rallybird 92 Ski Review

For 2023, Rossignol skis has made an effort to condense and clarify its lineup of skis. Recently, the Black Ops series had expanded to include a variety of excellent skis that sometimes were overlooked by customers who simply didn’t realize they applied to them. To remedy that, Rossignol has created the new Sender and Rallybird series of men’s and women’s freeride skis. This week, Emily shares her excitement for the all new 2023 Rossignol Rallybird 92, a highly capable all mountain freeride ski that would be an excellent choice for a wide range of skiers. Find out all of the details about this exciting new ski in this comprehensive ski review!re

Top Five Fridays: June 3, 2022

This week in ski news, we have a ton of exciting updates from the world of ski racing to bring you, including post-election insights from Johan Eliasch, updates in regards to Mikaela Shifrrin and Breezy Johnson, and our coverage of the second installment in the Vail Daily’s series highlighting the U.S. Ski Team development pipeline. After that deluge of race news, we’ll switch gears to share a story about New York’s Hickory Ski Center before rounding things out with a few excellent edits. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Blizzard Hustle 10 Ski Review

New from Blizzard for the 2023 season is the Hustle Series, marketed as a tour-first version of the Rustler series. We previewed this 3 ski series back in February when we received an advance shipment, and now that we’ve had a chance to put them through the ringer, we’re eager to report back with our findings. This week, we’re reviewing the 2023 Blizzard Hustle 10 skis. While Blizzard has them positioned as touring skis, we have to say, their capabilities stretch well beyond the backcountry. Click through to read more about our thoughts on this exciting new ski!

Top Five Fridays: May 27, 2022

Full disclosure: this week things slowed down quite a bit in the world of ski news. Now, if you’re a ski news fiend, maybe that’s a let down. For us however, we found it exciting as we were able to share a couple of fun stories this week that we otherwise wouldn’t have had there been plenty of other news to talk about. In addition to these fun updates, like Jesper Tjader’s world record breaking rail slide and a fun poll that asks what the best ski edit of all time is, we also have some real news from the world of FIS, who just hosted their annual congress. Find out about these stories and more in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

The Bargain Basement: 10 of Our Best Deals on 2022 Skis

Well, it’s almost Memorial Day weekend here in America, and you know what that means: it’s time for another round of price cutting and deal making for retailers everywhere, ourselves included. Here at, we’ve just slashed prices on a number of 2022 skis, meaning our “bargain basement” is full of of incredible deals to be had. This week, Jeff and Bob go round for round, picking their top 5 favorite deals that you should definitely be aware of. If you’re the type of skier who cashes in on savings in the off season, this one’s for you. Enjoy!

Top Five Fridays: May 20, 2022

On the precipice of summer, you never quite know what you’re going to get from the world of ski news. Fortunately, this week we received a full delivery of ski news falling under two distinct categories: ski racing and ski resorts. On the race side of life, we bring you an exciting announcement from the FIS World Cup circuit as it’s looking likely that Palisades Tahoe and Aspen will join Beaver Creek and Killington in hosting World Cup Races next Winter. Also on the racing side of things, we bring you a pair of positive updates from the Shiffrin camp. In terms of ski resorts, we’re excited to share details of a record breaking season here in North America, as well as dive in a bit deeper to our thoughts regarding Stowe’s paid parking policy now that pricing has been announced. Despite being May 20th, it’s been a busy week in skiing, so tune in to check out all you need to know from this week in ski news!

2023 Stockli Montero AX Ski Review

As you know, here on SkiEssentials we’re proponents of the idea that by and large, there aren’t really “good skis” and “bad skis” anymore as all manufacturers are churning out quality products. Instead, we’re all about helping matching skiers with the ski that best fits their personality. Now, that said, there are some times when we get on a ski and can objectively say, “that is an incredible ski.” Such is the case with the all new 2023 Stockli Montero AX, a ski that’s set to replace the crowd favorite Laser AX next year, and one that we suspect many fans of the Laser might have some apprehension about. Well, this week, we’re here to assure you that there’s nothing to be worried about: the new 2023 Stockli Montero AX is an absolutely incredible ski. Find out why in this comprehensive ski review.

Top Five Fridays: May 13, 2022

This week, the gods of ski news brought us an impressive grab bag of highlights, covering topics ranging from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team, to lawsuits and first descents. To kick things off, we’ll share the latest from the USST as they’ve just announced their nominations for next year’s teams, before bringing you up to speed on a lawsuit at Mt. Hood Skibowl that could have significant ramifications. From there we’ll highlight an interesting issue surrounding a proposed backcountry ski resort in British Columbia before rounding things out with exciting news regarding a first descent from ski mountaineer Adrian Ballinger. Check out what you need to know from this week in ski news in this edition of Top Five Fridays!

2023 Volkl Mantra 102 Ski Review

New from Volkl for 2023 is a revamp of one of their most popular skis: the Mantra 102. In the second edition of this beloved ski, Volkl amplified its strong, stable, and maneuverable characteristics that make it so great, by bringing in some of the brand’s latest tech. Chief amongst these editions is the introduction of Volkl’s Tailored Titanal Frame which enables the ski to retain a heck of an edge despite it’s 102mm width. To be frank, we’re pretty excited about this new ski, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it in this full review of the 2023 Volkl Mantra 102!

Top Five Fridays: May 6, 2022

Well, it may be May, but that didn’t stop the ski news from coming in hot this week! On either side of this week’s highlight reel, we’ve got FIS news, first from the organization itself where current president Johan Eliasch is looking to re-write the rules for international broadcasting, and then from Mikaela Shiffrin who gives us the most personal look into her life yet. Between those bookends we’ll dive into a handful of topics that discuss some ongoing themes within the ski industry. Find out all you need to know about these headlines, and check out the best edits of the week, in this edition of Top Five Fridays!