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I am looking to start making my own skis, been to the obvious starting points, (skibuilder etc)  Looking for a material chain and possible used manufacturing equipemnt in and around Denver.  Do any Denver companies "share" thier presses etc?  Any info will help.

Thanks to all in advance 

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 Icelantic skis are pressed in the Never Summer Snowboard factory. 

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sorry, I should not post after drinking

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sorry, I should not post after drinking


Thats why I post during the time I drink. 

 

I seriously doubt NeverSummer will open their doors to individuals to come in. I think talking to the people over at the previously mentioned ski builders will be your best option. 

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If you want to know what it takes to build a press from the ground up, check out iggyskier's thread on TGR (I can't remember the name of the thread, ask iggy) about how he created ON3P skis. He may also know where to score materials.

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ON3P is looking for employees (check out their web site). If you want to really learn the trade, that seems to be the way to go.  Earn while you learn.

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ON3P is a solid model to follow, I like what they have cooking, thank you.  I used to ski "for" Volant back in the mid-late 90's.  I loved those skis...Started out on the Chubb..

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I am an old Volant fan and loved the G-max 208s.  I just ordered a pair of skis from ON3P because everything I read about their bamboo/carbon construction, and ski reviews make them sound like they will feel a lot like Volants.  I'm looking forward to throwing some big smoothies again next winter.

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 and ski reviews make them sound like they will feel a lot like Volants.

What, are people saying they're dead, and are without any pop?
 

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More like super smooth, damp, sweet flexing, able to charge through anything. You know, the usual Volant stuff.

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I've never skied on a Volant I've liked.  It's been a long time since I tried though.  Sorry for stepping on some of your toes...

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I've never skied on a Volant I've liked.  It's been a long time since I tried though.  Sorry for stepping on some of your toes...

You're not stepping on any toes, I'm glad that many folks such as you don't care for the steel, that has made them readily available at good prices for me.

 

 

Oh, and mudfoot, that is an interesting assessment of ON3Ps, I probably would like them, and if I happen to irreparably damage my top seven or eight pairs of skis, I might take a hard look at them.
 

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You're not stepping on any toes, I'm glad that many folks such as you don't care for the steel, that has made them readily available at good prices for me.

 

 

Oh, and mudfoot, that is an interesting assessment of ON3Ps, I probably would like them, and if I happen to irreparably damage my top seven or eight pairs of skis, I might take a hard look at them.
 

The no metal, bamboo/carbon construction supposedly gives them some unique qualities. DPS has been blending bamboo and carbon for a few years, but it sounds like ON3P has taken it to another level, and their skis are half the price.  They hand flex soft, but ski pretty stiff.  Light, but still very damp.  The ON3P guys are going to a new bamboo this year that is supposedly 10% lighter.  I loved my Volants, but they are heavy. I anticipate that my Viciks will give me a smooth Volant ride in a much lighter ski, not to mention they are customizing the flex for me at no extra charge.

 

As for your addiction, I have learned from experience you cannot reason with an addict. We are seriously looking at a trip to the Bowl this season, if they get good early snow.  What's your boot sole length?  Maybe you can take mine for a spin.

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What, are people saying they're dead, and are without any pop?
 


I skied the Rossi B-Squad for several years, 100 waist, powder and crud ski. On firm conditions, I could tell that the ski was so damp as to be dead. It sure didn't pop or rebound or spring.

 

But in heavy tracked powder, and set up crud,  that dampening paid dividends: plowing and stability. It responded to skier input and added little else, which is a good thing in some conditions.
 

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IOn firm conditions, I could tell that the ski was so damp as to be dead. It sure didn't pop or rebound or spring. 

 


Some people like a ski that lays there quietly until you tell it to do something, while others want something that pops, rebounds and springs, which needs to be anticipated and controlled.  Different styles of skis and skiing.

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The no metal, bamboo/carbon construction supposedly gives them some unique qualities. DPS has been blending bamboo and carbon for a few years, but it sounds like ON3P has taken it to another level, and their skis are half the price.  They hand flex soft, but ski pretty stiff.  Light, but still very damp.  The ON3P guys are going to a new bamboo this year that is supposedly 10% lighter.  I loved my Volants, but they are heavy. I anticipate that my Viciks will give me a smooth Volant ride in a much lighter ski, not to mention they are customizing the flex for me at no extra charge.

 

As for your addiction, I have learned from experience you cannot reason with an addict. We are seriously looking at a trip to the Bowl this season, if they get good early snow.  What's your boot sole length?  Maybe you can take mine for a spin.


The construction, as you describe it, is intriguing, though aside from touring I really don't care about weight, I like heavy skis with heavy bindings. I do have a long range plan of upgrading my touring rig to Dynafit bindings on a new pair of lightweight skis, but that will be a while and ON3Ps are an option I'll be looking at.

 

I think this will be a good year to visit the Bowl, I've already got the feeling that this will be a good snow year, and the last time I felt this confident was two years ago when we had perhaps the second best season in Snowbowl history.

 

My BSL is 335mm, if we're close, I be glad to swap for trial, have you skied Machete FBs or Spatulas?

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