While some ski and snowboard manufacturers come and go, these Vermont-based companies are turning out brand new breeds of skis and boards that are challenging the status quo, year after year.
Vermont has a reputation as a place that values quality over quantity. If you’re looking for the world’s best craft beer (think Hill Farmstead), an intricate $10,000 wood puzzle (try Stave) or a pair of wool socks so reliable they come with a lifetime guarantee (Darn Tough), Vermonters make them.
You can add skis and snowboards to that list, too.
You may know the story of Line skis and Burton and Rome snowboards, all born in Vermont. Now, there’s a new generation of Vermonters using innovative designs and materials to craft limited-edition, custom skis and boards. While four out of the six brands we feature here manufacture their products in Quebec, the designs, marketing and company headquarters are all based in Vermont.
The people behind these brands come from a variety of backgrounds: Jason Levinthal worked for over 20 years in the ski industry, launching Line skis before deciding to start a new venture with J; Adam Vindigni, founder and CEO of Powe Snowboards studied fine arts; Cyrus Schenck, who invented the first ski with adaptable dampening technology (Renoun), washes windows for extra cash. The one thing they all have in common is a love for the sport.
What’s more, their designs are receiving rave reviews, snagging international awards and commanding attention from some of the biggest names in the ski industry.
No matter whether they are custom-made for absorbing chatter at high speeds, dodging trees in the backcountry, running laps in the park or cruising frontside groomers, these Vermont ski and board brands may have your name on them.
But only a handful are made in a year, so act fast.