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Some Volant and american ski history

post #1 of 15
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Dont know how many of you have seen this but its very interesing....who knew that Apple computer and Volant skis had something in common!

http://masia.org/volant.htm
post #2 of 15
Wow usually i hate learning about american history but not when it has to do with skis i guess.
post #3 of 15
Seth is a member here and unfortunately doesn't post as much as we would like him to.
post #4 of 15
That's only half the Silicon Valley connection w/ Volant. Anyone care to take a guess on the other half? Bonus points for naming the famous skier who supposedly made the connection. The beer is on on me should I run into the winner.

No fair googling - although the answer would likely be plenty obscure anyway. The mists of time and obscure connections and all that...

Volant Addict, this is your chance to prove your Volant uber-prowess.

Hint: the answer is the individual whose innovations arguably touch every epic member's life more times every single day than any other single person's.
post #5 of 15
Gordon Moore?

/shot in the dark
post #6 of 15
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Gordon Moore?

/shot in the dark
Don't buy K2's! They're made in sweatshops!
post #7 of 15
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Don't buy K2's! They're made in sweatshops!
or K2's in sheep's clothing (Line, Volkl)

Then again I'm not dumb enough to tell people on this board not to buy Volkl
post #8 of 15
Well I think Shane McConkey is probably the famous skier most associated with Volant, their poster boy in the last few years, and designer of his own line of skis, the Machetes.

However, my guess is that Spinner might be referring to Phil Mayer, who designed the Superkarve Legend (I have a pair of 200cm which are sofa stable at blistering speeds). I don't know what silicon valley connection there might be, but Phil is the less obvious of the famous skiers I know to have been involved with the Volant saga, and he's from Washington like Spindrift.
post #9 of 15
i'm gathering that this article is at least 7 years old, no?

i mean they mention "The Claw" as a US ski manufacturer...i don't think those skis ever saw the light of day outside the EC and am not even sure that they are still being produced (weren't they made in some guy's barn in either Vermont or NH?)

also there is no mention of Praxis, PM Gear, Moment, Icelantic, Fatypus, Igneous, Prior, Voile, Lib-Tech, and several other ski companies that are currently making product on North American soil (i.e. the resurgence of the independent, locally made ski company in direct response to the overseas big conglomerate).

i'm not sure if Karhu even has a Canadian plant any more. i believe they moved everything overseas, as well, though they may still make their X-country sticks in Finland.

it would be interesting to have an update on this and how a lot of companies (4Frnt, for example) moved production from U.S. (Tahoe) to Canada to the EU over time.
post #10 of 15
Bill Gates

SJ
post #11 of 15
The force is stronger in Garrett than it is in Jim today. Garrett was interestingly close to the mark for a shot in the dark...

Bill G is arguably too young and did not have a reputation as an extraordinary skier who spent a ton of time in Aspen. And I'm pretty sure he never skied with Killy around the time Volant was formed (there goes the bonus round ).
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The force is stronger in Garrett than it is in Jim today. Garrett was interestingly close to the mark for a shot in the dark...
Robert Noyce?

Are we still playing?
post #13 of 15
Not anymore

A guess off of Moore - or did you have some other inkling/knowledge?
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A guess off of Moore
That one.
post #15 of 15
Nice job!
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