“Normally, we build skis for somebody because they like skiing, right? The goal with 10th Special Force was different. This is like a tool; a working ski.”
The former ski racers who grew up in New Hampshire got their foot in the door after crafting custom skis for some 10th Special Forces vets a few years back. The custom powder skis had a WWII bayonet overlaid on a topo map of Camp Hale with the words “the worst is yet to come” in German on the tail. They originally pressed 5 pairs but have since made an additional 50 (only available to vets or active-duty soldiers from the elite unit.)
Here’s the design parameters they were tasked with:
“Those elite Green Berets, weighing up to 225 pounds, not including their 75- to 100-pound packs, needed tools for traversing deep snow. And the kicker: Some of them aren’t accomplished skiers, so the skis needed to be short — 165 and 175 centimeters — enabling a quick, easy turn.
They needed an atypical combination of characteristics for a ski: nimble, but capable of floating 300 pounds of soldier over snow. Durable yet lightweight for touring. Rivets in the tips and tails allowing to convert the skis into an emergency sled. And built with a flexible — or “rockered” — tip and tail for navigating deep powder.”
Not your average ski by any measure, check out some prototypes below:
Besides all the difficulty of navigating the bureaucratic thicket of procuring government contracts, the tiny Crested Butte based company faced the challenge of fulfilling the largest single order in the companies history.
Caleb and Morgan certainly have their work cut out for them but with strong track record of quality products delivered on time, we are sure expectatinos will be exceeded on the contract.