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New Ski Company: Heidi Skis

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I just got word of another new ski company... Heidi Skis


It's a Swiss company producing custom Austrian-made powder, freeride and all-mountain skis with option for custom top sheet graphics for about $1,250 usd, with minimum order of 15 units. They also have a custom ski option made to your specs with custom top sheet graphic for just under €3,800. Heidiskis will donate 10% of any proceeds to the American Himalayan Foundation.

[from Heidiskis in June 2008]
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• All heidiskis are handcrafted from mature Swiss White Ash wood (no Poplar/Beech).

• All come with P-TEX 4000 (no Nano Carbon).

• As of Jan 2009- price is 1200 euros per pair min order of 20 for custom graphics.

• We are offering exclusive PRO models (Powder 193) and All-Mtn 194 for 1400 euros and are only producing 50 of each- special HS graphic.

• We also are offering mid width stainless tipped HS ski poles with beautiful handstitched black leather grips and straps made in Austria.

• We can also customize bindings graphics to order.

• We are producing both single and double (rolling) ski bags – high end and functional made by heidiskis.
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• All heidiskis are handcrafted from mature Swiss White Ash wood (no Poplar/Beech).

There really should be a US ski company using up some of this Osage Orange.
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I just thought I'd post some photos of a couple pairs of Heidiskis.

One of my partner's former racing buddies has some kind of affiliation with Heidiskis and he showed up at our office a couple days ago with some demos. They look like nice skis (which you would hope for given the price of admission).

While the cosmetics on these two skis aren't anything to jump up and down about, keep in mind that custom graphics are an option with these skis. Also, these photos were taken with the skis lying on the floor of my office, so I apologize for the lackluster quality.

Here's the "Freeride" ski:



This pair is 177cm and the geometry is 129-93-119. According to the Heidiskis website, this ski would have a turn radius of 19.7m. Interestingly, the 188cm version of this ski has a 29m turn radius. That would probably be a pretty fun ski to blaze down the Chugach with. They also make a 167 length.

Here's the rear section of the "All-Mountain" ski:




And here's the front section:



This All Mountain is a 181cm length and has specs of 122-87-112, with a turn radius of 22m. This model also comes in a Team model in a 194cm length with 125-93-114 specs, a 26m turn radius and stiffer torsion and flex. They also have 161 and 171 lengths.

They also make a "Powder" model that's 130-101-119 in the 186 length with a 28m turn radius. There's also 166 and 176 lengths. (It also comes in a "Team" model in a 193 length.

Obviously I haven't had a chance to try them (although come to think of it, I might abscond with them sometime in August and head for Beartooth Pass ). They look good, though. Wood core, beefy, nice finish. I'm looking forward to trying them this winter.
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