Nov24

A Striking Sit-Ski for Teton Adaptive Sports and Watershed Jackson

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A Striking Sit-Ski for Teton Adaptive Sports and Watershed Jackson

Teton Adaptive Sports and Watershed Jackson share a mission to help outdoor adventurers thrive despite their disabilities. Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Jackson Hole organizations to handcraft a custom sit-ski that would highlight the possibilities out there for aspiring adaptive skiers.

Most sit-skiers today use off-the-shelf skis underneath their heavy equipment. Exposed to forces they were not designed to withstand, those skis often break in the center. As a solution, we designed a sit-ski that is not only wider and more robust in the middle, but also tailored to the unique turns of an adaptive skier.

Our progressive sit-ski needed to be accompanied by imaginative graphics, so Teton Adaptive Sports and Watershed Jackson reached out to local artists to auction off the look of our custom ride. The winner, Camille Davis, was announced at the inaugural Watershed Jackson Gala last November, and her stunning feather etching perfectly conveyed the swift feel of our sit-ski on the mountain.

Though it would look right at home in an art studio thanks to Camille's graphics, our donated sit- ski was put to work in Teton Adaptive Sports' equipment fleet, which helps adaptive skiers progress at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. To learn more about the sit-skis we build for adaptive skiing programs and individual riders, browse our custom sit-skis page.

 

Nov24

Handmade Skis for Hard-Charging Sisters

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Handmade Skis for Hard-Charging Sisters

As young skiers who usually rip 100 days during a Jackson Hole winter, Damaris and Liberty McDonald each needed a killer pair of all-mountain skis that could take a beating and still look cool in the process. We invited the hard-charging sisters to our studio, where we designed personalized skis that combined the best elements of their previous off-the-shelf planks.

Though they share a lot in common as sisters, Damaris and Liberty showcased their stoke for the snow differently with their choice of ski graphics. We worked with Liberty to design artwork based on the flag of Wyoming, including its American bison silhouette and red, white and blue colors. Meanwhile, Damaris wanted to harness her girl power in the powder, so we decked out her skis with the iconic graphic of Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s.

Both sisters had a blast helping us bond the layers of their skis together during the layup process. They spread epoxy between the base, fiberglass, wood core and topsheet of their skis, and then watched as everything began to come together in our high-pressure ski press. After the finishing process was complete, Damaris and Liberty couldn't wait for their Maiden voyage at the mountain.

The McDonald sisters will go through countless skis in their lifetime, but their Maiden skis will be hard to forget after all the attention and creativity that they put into the project. If you're thinking about a new pair of skis for yourself or a loved one, check out our custom skis page to learn more about the boundless possibilities at Maiden Skis.