You've probably never heard of us and that's okay - for now. Lithic Skis was founded by two dedicated skiers who discovered our passion for handcrafting skis in the Sierra Nevada six years ago. After years in that mountain range, we went in search of bigger mountains with less people, more snow and a shop we could call our own.
That journey brought us to the small town of Peshastin, nestled just on the eastern side of the mighty Cascade Mountain range. It was in this magical place we met great folks, skied wildly impressive mountains and began to build our own ski factory from scratch. Based on the wealth of experience we gained learning from the best ski makers in North America, the two of us knew exactly what we wanted in an efficient factory space. With the machines and presses so specialized and money so tight, we designed and built everything from the ground up to ensure our skis came out flat, tight, quickly, and perfectly.
The idea of building up an arsenal of inventory during the summer months made no sense to us as the industry's theme of waste constantly sat heavy on our minds. Lithic Skis doesn't have racks of "stock" skis in our shop. Every ski in the shop has a pair of bindings on them and are skied hard and regularly. Every ski a customer orders is crafted specifically for them in a matter of days. This unique approach ensures that we'll never sell out or, even worse, misuse precious resources building powder skis during a dry winter. Simply put, we make skis when they're ordered specifically for the skier who ordered them.
Over the last two winters Lithic Skis and our new crew of local skiers prototyped skis at our two local ski hills, the surrounding backcountry and beyond. The current lineup represents a diverse set of tried and true shapes for all the conditions you're likely to encounter on the mountain. The feedback was constant, positive, and humbling. The prototyping process allowed insights never before thought of:
"Perhaps flattening out the tail on this one would make these grip longer throughout the turn."
"Maybe we should taper the tip shape a little less to see if it adds more stability to the equation."
"Let's stiffen out this entire ski and see exactly what we sort of snow we can blast through."
"Let's go drink beers on the tail gate."
Lithic Skis is proud to have a no-nonsense approach to handcrafting the finest skis around. Our gimmick-free theme to building skis serves as a metaphor to our gimmick-free marketing approach. We choose to let our skis speak for themselves and grow Lithic slowly, intentionally, and naturally.
Next time you're in the Pacific Northwest please don't hesitate to look us up. Even better, if you find yourself at Stevens Pass or Mission Ridge during the snowy months, give us a ring or shoot us an email...we'd love to show you why we think this place is rad and spread the handcrafted ski love. Winter's right around the corner, let's all go have some fun!
Paul Roberts and Ty Bourgeois
firstname.lastname@example.org (509) 470-1791