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    My Atomic Metrons are due for replacement at the end of this season so I'm looking for some new ones. In my online search, I came across many US and Canadian handmade ski companies (Moment, Paranormal etc). The graphics are pretty cool and I like the idea of supporting small producers. The prices are also excellent. I've never seen any of these skis on a demo day, so my chances of actually trying these before buying are about zero. Anyone ski on "handmades"?

    I ski in the East with the sporadic trip to Western places with powder. I'm an expert skier (honest) but with limited glade/bowl experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summilux View Post
    My Atomic Metrons are due for replacement at the end of this season so I'm looking for some new ones. In my online search, I came across many US and Canadian handmade ski companies (Moment, Paranormal etc). The graphics are pretty cool and I like the idea of supporting small producers. The prices are also excellent. I've never seen any of these skis on a demo day, so my chances of actually trying these before buying are about zero. Anyone ski on "handmades"?

    I ski in the East with the sporadic trip to Western places with powder. I'm an expert skier (honest) but with limited glade/bowl experience.
    Check out Ski Grace for the trips out west:

    Grace Skis | Welcome | Colorado big moutain free-ride skis

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    There seems to be a ton of small, hand made ski companies now. Even the college kids down the street from me are making skis in their garage. But most of what I've seen are much more big mountain, backcountry, and powder oriented. Ideal for those trips west but not much fun on the eastern hard pack. Here in SLC, I can quickly name 5 companies making skis locally. There's got to be some of that back east but I'm out of touch with that scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ned View Post
    There seems to be a ton of small, hand made ski companies now. Even the college kids down the street from me are making skis in their garage. But most of what I've seen are much more big mountain, backcountry, and powder oriented. Ideal for those trips west but not much fun on the eastern hard pack. Here in SLC, I can quickly name 5 companies making skis locally. There's got to be some of that back east but I'm out of touch with that scene.
    Yeah, I think it was my most recent issue of Skiing Mag had reviews on 8-10 handmade skis. All that I recall were SLC or CO based. I don't remember any that were really designed for what I would consider
    typical East coast conditions (read:hardpack). I think all of the skis were AT LEAST 110 at the waist. Believe me.....I WISH we needed them here!

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    It was the most recent SKI mag, but I know there is a local VT based ski company right near my winter base of Warren---I forget the name. It'll come to me......

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    What sort of skiing are you doing? Which Metron are you replacing?

    Given my tastes in skis and boards I might look at something from Kessler for something a bit more race inspired. Lots of great little companies out there, depending on what you are looking for. I've thought the Sterling stuff also looks interesting.

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    got it now: Worth skis, worthskis.com

    Not really what your looking for but some current UVM students started HG skis but they make park type skis.

    To waste hours and hours on the interwebs check out exoticskis.com for a huge list of small and custom skis.

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    I'm replacing the Metron B5 which is really good for the boilerplate and groomed stuff that passes for snow around here. I'm too old to make much use of the park but I like it steep and mogul-ly. I make it out to Louise or Salt Lake ever other year on average and make the sporadic trip to Le Massif, which is about as close to Western skiing as you can get our here. .

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    For a small shop all arounder the Prior stuff might be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele View Post
    It was the most recent SKI mag, but I know there is a local VT based ski company right near my winter base of Warren---I forget the name. It'll come to me......
    Where in Warren are you?

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    These are awesome I have the E-Turns, which are the older model of the ET 9.0. If you really want some amazing skis for cruising, and that look better than any ski you will ever see, go with the Long Cruise. They even burn your name into the tails before they coat them.

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    Default Re: Hand made skis?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Estlund View Post
    What sort of skiing are you doing? Which Metron are you replacing?

    Given my tastes in skis and boards I might look at something from Kessler for something a bit more race inspired. Lots of great little companies out there, depending on what you are looking for. I've thought the Sterling stuff also looks interesting.
    I've got a pair of Kesslers for racing. Going to invest in his powder skis. A friend raced with him as a kid in Swtzerland so hooks me up. He has 5 bespoke pairs?!?

    For someone who likes custom bikes they are a great choice. Though the appreciation of the Swiss franc hurts n

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    I had a Kessler GS snowboard for a bit that I moved to bring in the new JJA slalom stick. If his snowboards are any indication, the skis must rip.

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    Derr..

    Igneous Skis makes Custom Handmade Skis, Snowboards

    Custom means you choose the sidecut, flex and graphics. My fave hardpack ski is the 185 FGS (fat giant slalom) which has a turn radius of 25 meters depending. A good powder tool is the Snow Doobie, or Mike Tierney pro model.

    Derrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieBirdsell View Post
    Where in Warren are you?
    german flats rd, right behind the common man.

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    Default Re: Hand made skis?

    Will you pick me up some Lawson's Finest Liquids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele View Post
    german flats rd, right behind the common man.
    Nice. My sig. other's fam is on E. Warren near Roxbury Gap.

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    Check out our local boys here in Vernon, BC:

    Skevik Skis Inc.

    Nothing but praise for their product and operation.

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    Default Re: Hand made skis?

    Also in BC (Whistler):

    Prior Snowboards and Skis

    In Colorado:

    Donek snowboards and skis

    Both also build snowboards. My 185cm Prior WCR raceboard is from 2004 and still makes hip dragging turns that cause enve among both skiiers and snowboarders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJPM44 View Post
    Will you pick me up some Lawson's Finest Liquids?
    no promises it makes it back down to the flatlands! I actually have trouble finding it cause I'm too lazy to go to the source.

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