If I only had the time and $$$ to put into something like those guys have. I forget the guy's name (I believe he's from Maine), but he handbuilds a ski he calls "The Claw". Has anyone ever tried out a pair?
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With the dollar trading at such lows vis-a-vis the Euro, I expect a new American ski mfg'er to emerge soon and start mass production. There's a lot of excitement in the sport now with Bode Miller and the Olympics coming up.
I know this is an old topic, but I've been away from the forum for a while. My loss, as it turns out. For the past two winters, I've been occupied with ice and snow sailing- in my case, using old skis and windsurfing rigs to sail on frozen lakes. I've participated in the last two World Championships, in Canada and Finland, respectively. The problem I've been running up against (other than the fact that the Russians, Finns, and Poles are way better at it) is obtaining adequate equipment. Old DH skis are still too short, and speed skis are difficult to find. However, a couple of the racers I met in Canada two years ago were sailing on custom skis.
Camber and sidecut are not desirable on snowsailing skis, owing to the relatively flat surface. Therefore, while alpine skis work, they don't work as well as they could for that application. I've been scratching my head trying to come up with a solution. I've even cut up some skis to make longer "Frankenskis", but the camber and sidecuts are still there. Now it appears that there's a solution. I was wondering how to obtain the necessary materials. I plan to spend a lot of time in the near future researching that website.
Thanks and props to you Davev, for psting the link. Maybe now I won't come in next-to-last next February in Montreal.
For more info on this somewhat obscure (at least in the U.S.) winter sport, check out the wissa.org website.