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Post Information or Videos of Factories large or small.

 

Here's a Video of the Nordica/Blizzard factory. They partly show  the making of Blizzard Slalom,GForce, Bonafides, Nordica Fire Arrow

Interesting in that the skis are flex tested, then printed with a sticker that has length, camber and flex. Later they're matched. (Detail on that is in the Nordica Usa video pt 2. (pt1 is boots)

Classic narration.

 

http://youtu.be/k6TpYjPQVLc

 

 

 

Here's Nordica Usa's video of the same factory in Mittersill, Austria. (Used to be the Blizzard Factory) Much more complete discussion of processes. Has complete layup of Fire Arrow 80.

 

nordicausa                                                                                               http://youtu.be/g71xE2DlREE

 

 

Production of Nordica Wood Cores. 2007 (Unusual process. Not sure if it's still done this way)

 

http://youtu.be/CiQ1liPfcss

 

 

File:Mittersill Panorama.jpg

www.gpix.at                                                                 Mittersill, Austria                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mittersill_Panorama.jpg

 

 

Here's the Nordica Boot Factory. A short video that shows making of mold and injection. In Italy. Treviso?

 

nordicausa                                                                                                                                       http://youtu.be/RSBombxKW2E

 

 

Interview with Willy Booker, Nordica USA President in Powder Sept., 2010

http://www.powdermag.com/stories/new-look-nordica-president-willy-booker/

 

 

Quote:

Booker has a long familiarity with the ski industry. His mom has managed the Loveland ski shop outside Denver for 30 years, and his dad is a ski instructor. Booker raced for Burke Mountain Academy and the University of Vermont and upon graduating, began working for Nordica. After eight years with the company, Nordica recently named Booker its president of U.S. operations. In embracing the growing freeride market, both in the U.S. and Europe, the privately owned Italian company has invested heavily. Nordica recently purchased a 42,000-foot research and development center in Treviso, Italy, a part of Nordica HQ, and the Blizzard ski factory in Mittersill, for which it has purchased state-of-the-art presses and finishing equipment.

Last year the company introduced the Ace of Spades boot for park and pipe as well as freeride, followed by this year’s release of the Radict, a fat backcountry freestyle ski that features Nordica's new Camrock technology. For 2011-12, Nordica will continue to evolve with a new freeride boot and the sidecountry line. Needless to say, Booker had plenty to talk about.


Edited by Tog - 5/30/13 at 12:59pm
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Atomic Skis

 

This one from 2010:

 

http://youtu.be/LLxiT3mzxJ8

 

This from 2012. (No operatic drama music)

 

http://youtu.be/T_ECAddClEI
 

 

Head Skis 2011. In German

 

http://youtu.be/ylE-EM7GZsY

 

Wagner Custom Skis in Telluride, Colorado 2008:

A short piece about Wagner Custom Skis. Makers of handmade skis just outside of Telluride, CO. Owner Pete Wagner tells the how and why of making custom skis and snowboards.

 

http://youtu.be/Gkbr5Djtie8

 

2009:

http://youtu.be/8YlAjzBV6iw

 

 

 

Moment Skis Reno, Nevada 2011:

 

Casey Hakansson, CEO of Moment Skis, gives Lift14.com a tour of how skis are made by hand in Reno, Nevada. In addition to Casey, we'd also like to thank Edgar and Larry for taking the time to explain a number of things in detail. For more information on Moment Skis, visit http://momentskis.com/

 

http://youtu.be/Dsj-7q_dDxU

 

 

4frt Skis 2010:

Backcountry.com and 4FRNT Skis athlete Cody Barnhill stepped away from the ski press for a few minutes over the summer to give us the low down on the completely handmade, very limited edition Renegade ski from 4FRNT.

 

http://youtu.be/nEwLhGHElC8

 

Folsom Skis Denver, Colorado 2013:

The full process of handmade ski construction as done by Folsom Custom Skis in Denver, CO.

 

http://youtu.be/gRTk3Id-EGU

 

Kingswood Skis New Zealand 2010:

A stylised new video feature never-before-seen footage of inside the Kingswood Skis factory as seen through the lens of Jason Larraman at Man in Your Head Productions.

Kingswood Skis is a boutique hand-made ski company based in Lyttelton, New Zealand. Each pair is made to order by company founder Alex Herbert. Here's how he does it.

 

http://youtu.be/l_vo8pua5yk

 

Line Skis Seattle, Washington 2010:

 

Line Skis was given the opportunity to show the detailed work that is done to produce a pair of skis. Watch as our enginners build a ski in our Seattle facility. This edit was featured in the movie "Revolver" by world renowned Poorboyz Productions. Be sure to pick up a copy and watch Line rider LJ Strenio kill it in his rookie year with Poorboyz. Enjoy!

 

http://youtu.be/Pd2HcAyaG54


Edited by Tog - 5/30/13 at 12:55pm
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Elan  Slovenia 2008:

The production of the Elan skis.

http://youtu.be/A4ENjYTH4Qc

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Tog,

Thanks for putting this together and posting it.  Found it very interesting.

 

When I was watching the 2010 Atomic one, my wife said "What are you watching with such epic music?"

 

I told her is was like "How Things Are Made" on how to make skis.  Which was immediately followed by her doing an epic eye roll.

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That's hilarious. Yes, it's Atomic will save humanity by making skis.

Could make a movie quote turned ski quote out to that if y'all were a movie.

We need more ski boot making videos. Those are rare. The only one I've seen is above.

 

Ok, just found another!

From "How it's Made" series on the Science Channel

Maybe someone can date it based on the boot models. Roughly 2010?

 

Lange Ski Boots

Rossignol Lange SRL

 

Shows Bi-injection, molding shell, cutting material for liner, assembling liner, trimming cuff, putting on buckles, base plates, power strap.

Not extremely comprehensive, but pretty good. Hey, we don't have much in this department yet.

Oddest thing- at the end around 5:20, an Olive Oil company is thanked. Well boots are made in Italy, but go figure that one!

 

http://youtu.be/bWDMODvkudE

 

This is an interesting article on Dave Jacobs who helped get Lange design and production going. He's in Canadian Ski Hall of Fame:There was a factory in Montreal in the late 60's producing that first popular Lange model.

http://www.skimuseum.ca/bios/Jacobs_Dave.pdf

 

Ski Goggles

Guessing around 2005. Shows design, making of model of the goggle. Making frame, lens, shooting ball bearings at lense to test breakage.

 

http://youtu.be/dHSCFbuFLeY

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333 Skis. Skis made in a mobile trailer.  2010

Here it is, ski factory in a small trailer pulled by a pickup truck.

Michael Lish explains his mobile ski factory. Sometimes to be found in a parking lot at Mammoth.

Mostly about the trailer made from found materials, manufacturing off the grid. Not a lot on the skis. For a press, uses black vacuum bag in the sun on the roof.

There's a lot in the past about these skis on TGR. One hopes that build quality has improved in the new shop.

 

Pt 1:

 

http://youtu.be/S0QmALbnoHo

 

Pt. 2:

 

http://youtu.be/S0QmALbnoHo

 

Info on the skis:

http://www.333skis.com/the-skis.php

 

Audio Interview with Michael Lish by Christie Osborne 2012

Talks about Yama skis, Koa wood from Hawaii, beginning of Arbor Snowboards,

http://youtu.be/3C7qJBRf89Q

 

 

 

They've now outgrown the trailer and built a shop in Mammoth Lakes, CA near the Village Gondola.

It's also renamed to Community Skis.

 

Community Skis        2013

Brief tour of new site.

www.communityskis.com

Custom skis made for you.

waist widths 72mm to 138mm

lengths 140cm to 203cm

 

 

http://youtu.be/fO7XabXPfxI

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Well here's a short video on Blizzard's Flip Core.

It is essentially, just a pre- molded core with the rocker shape and the camber profile of the ski already set before it goes into the mold.

Maybe new for rocker skis, but hardly new in the ski world.

I find the name just ludicrous, as there is nothing at all to "flipping". Imagine if everything you "flipped" to make were described this way?

- "Here's our new chair made using the revolutionary "Flip-Seat" method!

 

It does give them a hyphenated marketing gimmick that ski store salesmen can quote.

This is not a factory "how it's made" video, but flip core is asked about so often it should be in here.

 

"Flipcore Process"

 

TecBlizzUSA                                                         http://youtu.be/UguK5U_Ei8k


Edited by Tog - 12/16/13 at 11:04am
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Here's a video slideshow that has some interesting shots of boot molds that one never sees. Tecnica Boots and Blizzard Skis

Done in 2010.

 

 

 TecBlizzUSA                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEX1D-eUlI&feature=share&list=PL3BF83F618D9EF2E0&index=3

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

333 Skis. Skis made in a mobile trailer.  2010

Here it is, ski factory in a small trailer pulled by a pickup truck.

Michael Lish explains his mobile ski factory. Sometimes to be found in a parking lot at Mammoth.

Mostly about the trailer made from found materials, manufacturing off the grid. Not a lot on the skis. For a press, uses black vacuum bag in the sun on the roof.

There's a lot in the past about these skis on TGR. One hopes that build quality has improved in the new shop.

 

Pt 1:

 

 

http://youtu.be/S0QmALbnoHo

 

Pt. 2:

 

 

http://youtu.be/S0QmALbnoHo

 

Info on the skis:

http://www.333skis.com/the-skis.php

 

Audio Interview with Michael Lish by Christie Osborne 2012

Talks about Yama skis, Koa wood from Hawaii, beginning of Arbor Snowboards,

 

http://youtu.be/3C7qJBRf89Q

 

 

 

They've now outgrown the trailer and built a shop in Mammoth Lakes, CA near the Village Gondola.

It's also renamed to Community Skis.

 

Community Skis        2013

Brief tour of new site.

www.communityskis.com

Custom skis made for you.

waist widths 72mm to 138mm

lengths 140cm to 203cm

 

 

 

http://youtu.be/fO7XabXPfxI

Tog, 

Intriguing!  I'm glad you posted this.  If I'm ever down in Mammoth, I'll have to check Community Skis out.

post #10 of 13

RTC Carving Skis (Switzerland)

 

Materials

 

Gluing

 


Milling

 


Grinding

 

Waxing and mounting

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How It's Made (Dynastar):

 

 

 

Volkl:

 

 

 

Blossom:

 


Edited by quant2325 - 12/27/13 at 2:33pm
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Short one on Nordica NrGy Ski. Only a little manufacturing shown.

 

 

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