What nukes pointed at the US? Did you live through 1989, the year that communism permanently changed? It started in Poland, and spread almost everywhere in eastern Europe. Hungry, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, all dumped communism. Then came the Domino Theory in reverse over the next three years. A lot of countries with skiers in the World Cup today (Croatia, Slovenia, Russia (hosting the next Winter Olympics) etc. were all communist at one time. INSTEAD OF ATTEMPTING TO BLOW EACH OTHER UP, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SELL STUFF TO EACH OTHER FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES. Where have you been?
China is, of course, different. I would argue that in 1989 they were forever embarrassed with the events in Tiananmen Square. The picture in the minds of the world of that guy standing in front of the tank will be with us (the free world) for at least another generation or two. But that was also around the beginning of capitalism in China, and capitalism always brings political changes with it. China doesn't have it 100% figured out yet, but they are getting there. Before I'm expected to go into puppy heaven they will have a larger economy than the USA, which means we'll be damn glad to be able to sell goods and services to them. Right now, China is one of the reasons why the USA isn't inflating through the roof. That is a good thing.
When you go and buy your 100% American-made ski, remember that the sintered racing bases probably comes from Europe, as does the titinal (mostly aluminum and not titanium). The edges? They can come from anywhere including Asia. The resins or glues that hold it all together? Likely from a US firm manufactured in Asia. The core? That depends. US spruce and maple is good stuff. Some people are going to bamboo, which I think technically it is a grass. Anyhow, bamboo probably ain't grown here, dude. Fiberglass wrapped cores? Likely Asia or Europe for the glass that is spun. The screws that mount the bindings to the skis come from Asia. Speaking about bindings, how many are made in the USA? Marker? Tyrolia? Solomon? Look? I don't think so! And what about your boots? Outside of Daleboot in Salt Lake City, they are pretty much all all made overseas.
You should consider re-framing your anti-China thoughts to buying skis from manufacturers that are good world citizens. For example, do they care about their workers, the environment and society as a whole? If you did, you could actually feel OK about purchasing a ski from a Colorado-based company, owned by a USA citizen married to an Italian who moved to an island off China to manufacture skis (Ski Logik). In fact, I can't wait for my new custom-topped (marquetry) skis to arrive. And I can sleep well at night knowing a tree will be planted to make up for the veneers used, they pay above average Chinese wages, they include health care, they used no inks or dyes that could pollute the water, etc. And you can bet that I'll purchase European bindings manufactured in China, and have them mounted on the skis here using USA labor.
At least 7 countries (probably a lot more) will be involved in some way with my new skis and bindings. This is the new world. We are mostly (N Korea with it's delusional leaded excluded) all trying to sell stuff to each other, not blow each other up.
PS: When I next ski at The Canyons in PC I'll ride some of Utah's finest snow. I'll also be in a resort owned by a Canadian firm (Talikster, with big holdings in Deer Valley), sitting on a heated bubble chair made in Europe while watching a New Zealander instructor below giving a lesson to a kid from Japan, wearing my TNF ski jacket made in some Asian country I never knew existed, sipping on my free Swiss chocolate...well, you get the idea.
Originally Posted by NordtheBarbarian
Skis that are NOT made in China or in other countries that have nuclear missles targeting the United States and its Allies. As much as I deplore buying products from Countries that don't have any enviromental or worker safety regulations, I hate funding the military of my nation's enemies.
So what's out there for skis?
It looks like Ogasaka Ski North America LLC is shut down. So those skis aren't imported into the US. Does Yamaha still make skis? any other japanese built brands? or Korean ski brands? How about any other asian brands of skis? Taiwan does excellent work in composites for bikes and other sporting goods do they build any skis there?
South American skis? I don't know of any brands?? are there any?