Skiers are a unique breed. We live, eat and breathe this sport. With other sports, there may only be a few resources for fans and loyalists to get their news, information and the low down on what is happening within their sport or hobby. As skiers we want to know what is going on all the time and there is no shortage of information available online. Below is a list of my favorite online sources to keep me in the know of what is going on in skiing. This mostly relates to the best videos, gear reviews and other tidbits of information that keep me stoked on the sport I love.
Teton Gravity Research – Not only is TGR one of the best ski video production companies, but they have a very active forum, social media presence and great gear reviews. These guys do some of the best cinematography out there, and if you visit their site or follow their social media channels, you will find that they are scooping some of the best ski content out there. From videos, to articles to funny ski culture, these guys truly have their thumb on the pulse of what’s what in the ski world.
Newschoolers – This site is really a member driven site with articles, videos and gear reviews. Newschoolers tends to have content related to the park, pipe and urban ski scene. Baggy clothes and tall tees tend to be featured in their videos and content. You will find a lot of pro as well as member edits featured in the videos. This is a great place to checkout if you want to see what is happening with the younger generation of freestyle skiers.
Unofficial Networks – Unofficial Networks is a great place to get some of the best video content across the web. They cover all areas, but also have dedicated pages for resorts like Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine, Sugar Bowl, Sun Valley, Taos, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Snowbird, Squaw, Stowe and Whistler. You can also find non ski related content on this site. Snowboarding, biking and other types of outdoor action videos are featured. If you are up for it, check out one of their own ski film productions GNAR. Worth your time.
Freeskier – You may recognize this name because you have likely seen the magazine on newsstands next to some of the most popular industry publications. I wanted to include their website because I feel they have a better online resource than some of these other publications. Freeskier’s website does a really good job of showcasing what is popular in the industry. From covering contests, photo shoots, video premiers and the latest and greatest gear, Freeskier is a great one stop spot for a lot of great information. Also, many times they will post the same articles online that they do in the magazine, so you can get a lot of their content for free.
EpicSki – This forum is almost entirely user driven. It is a traditional forum where you can find just about any type of information you are looking for. From gear suggestions to trip reports, EpicSki really is a community of all types of skiers. Sign up for this forum if you want to really know what skiers talk about. There are strict on booting shops and brands out of the forum unless they are clear that it is sponsored content. You can get honest information from skiers who really care about skiing.
MiSkiReport – I decided to feature this site because it is one of the better local ski blogs. Many people don’t realize that Michigan has one of the best group of core skiers around. They typically have to put up with marginal conditions, but yet week in and week out, Michigan skiers are out riding their “trash dumps” and natural terrain. This site seems to have a pretty good pulse on all that is happening in the Michigan ski scene. Covering local mountain events, gear demos and other industry related news, this site is great for the dedicated Michigan skier, or those in the surrounding states trying to plan a trip to Michigan for some decent skiing.
OntheSnow – This site is great for those looking to chase powder. The sites main feature is weather reports and reporting which resorts received the most snow in a period of time. They also have a great app for your smartphone where you can program in your favorite resorts and get alerts when they get snow. You will also find user reviews of the latest resort conditions. This is extremely helpful when determining where to ski on a certain day. You can check to see what actual skiers are saying and not be forced to guess whether the resort is telling the whole truth about their conditions.
These are my favorite sites that I check on a daily basis or follow on social media. I know there are a ton more out there. Which are your favorite and why?