You would expect Colorado to have some mighty fine ski companies. What we didn’t expect was to find so many good ones.
Handmade at the Never Summer plant (Known for their own snowboards and longboards) in Denver for seven years now, these artistic boards can be spotted all over the slopes of Colorado. Known for their graphics and quality this is one of the more successful of all Colorado startups.
Wagner Custom Skis
Custom built in their ultra-modern wind and solar powered shop near Telluride; these skis are made specifically for you with a detailed questionnaire and advanced computerized diagnostic and design tools. The New York Times says, “Wagner Custom, run by people who have a passion for skiing and an entrepreneurial bent.”
Sterling out of Boulder uses select natural and exotic materials in their high-performance racing skis, along with Steel edges and Titanium tip and tail guards. Only a limited number are made each year assuring you of getting a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, numbered ski.
Hand built with the Bobtail design on the tales, people love these skis. Made in Silverton in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, they are now adding Symmetrical and Adaptive lines along with snowboards.
Liberty was the first, but no longer only, makers to use bamboo in their skis. They claim it helps you ski better and helps them offer the only 3 year guarantee in the industry. With their headquarters located in Avon, Liberty outsources their production and continues to refine new innovations from Fat skis to Rockers into their lines.
The A-Lotta was the industry’s first Super Fat ski at 140 Millimeters underfoot. Since then this Breckenridge based outfit has become synonymous with Super Fat skis but is now offering 9 models from mogul and park specific to all-mountain and powder skis.
With Hydro Dynamic Shock absorption and a solid Bamboo core, Flo skis claim to reduce stress to the legs and knees. This Boulder Company claims their skis will diminish the risk of ACL injuries. Their shorter skis are also supposed to shorten the learning curve allowing the skier to progress to more technical skis in a shorter time.
Handmade in Crested Butte, Romp Skis claims “We keep our skis affordable so you don’t have to waste your time working when you should be skiing.” You can build your skis to order, they have a wind powered factory and use sustainably harvested wood so we can, as they say “keep the world cold.”
Located in Denver, Grace skis build big-mountain, powerful, free-ride skis. With a classic Bamboo aesthetics and hot orange bases, Grace believes simplicity to be the key to performance. Founder David Liechty built his first year’s line in his kitchen and garage and now has Factory #2 in downtown Denver. Grace ski endorser Alex Reidman finished 5th in the Freeride World Qualifier in Chile just this past August.
This Glenwood Springs Company founded in 2009 uses wood from local aspen groves and recycled pines killed by the Rock Mountain Pine Beetle. They say high alpine cores give you a light and poppy ride and are easy on the eyes as well as the environment. Their skis were selected to be tested by Skiing Magazine in 2013 and 2014 and can be found in this year’s Skiing Magazine Buyer’s Guide.
by Michael Ryan