Stöckli Brand Profile

Stöckli Brand Profile

Overview Our spider sense tingles when we hear the term “handmade” applied to skis, as the implication is that such slats will receive extraordinary care in manufacture no mass-produced ski can hope to receive.  One reason we look sideways at the “handmade” qualifier...
Völkl Brand Profile

Völkl Brand Profile

Overview  Völkl didn’t actually invent the concept of quality control, but denizens of our little corner of the universe can be forgiven for thinking so.  It set the standard for base finish for so long, if someone gave a trophy for the best QC they’d have to name it...
Liberty Brand Profile

Liberty Brand Profile

Overview Every mainstream ski brand can trace its roots to a founder, a visionary who nursed a fledgling idea to life.  If we’re aware of a brand’s history (a big if), we’ll associate the brand’s formative years with the sepia-toned photos of its first factory. But...

Salomon Brand Profile

Overview Salomon was riding a string of ridiculously successful product introductions when the brand introduced its first ski in 1989.  The monocoque shell was the big story, creating such a groundswell of demand that all the ski brands that came before had to re-tool...
Rossignol Brand Profile

Rossignol Brand Profile

Overview For most of the 1970’s, 80’s and into the 90’s, Rossignol was king of the roost, the most recognized trademark in a market crammed with brands that did not survive this epoch.  It built a race department that was the envy of all, with stars like Alberto Tomba...
Nordica Brand Profile

Nordica Brand Profile

Overview Nordica’s opportunities as a ski brand took a fundamental turn for the better when the Tecnica Group bought the Blizzard factory and shifted Nordica production over to their new, refurbished facility.   Prior to this happy development, Nordica skis had...