Ok from what I gather, it is a very expensive endeavor for a ski company to participate in World Cup Races. Why that is I don't know, but I was told they have to buy into it, which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. What I'm curious about, is why certain brands that make race skis, good ones at that, choose not to participate? Why even make race skis then if you have no chance to show the world they can win? I'm thinking of Blizzard, Elan and Dynastar specifically. I know there's other smaller companies offering FIS skis, like the Hart/Blossom/Vist and Kneissl and such, but it makes sense they can't afford it, but what is the deal with those other 3?
Both Blizzard and Elan have a roster of ski racers listed on the Team sections of their website, but watching the World Cup Womens GS opener, all I saw over and over was Fischer, Nordica, Head, Rossignol, Volkl, Stockli, and Atomic. Granted a few slipped by when I couldn't tell what they were on, but I watched both rounds in their entirety and didn't see a single Blizzard/Elan/Dynastar. The Dynastar one is especially confusing, because my understanding is they are the very same skis as the Rossignols. So why don't they split them up between the athletes and get representation for both? And I'm told Blizzard and Nordica come out of the same factory, so same goes for Blizzard...why aren't they racing? And Elan?