Lithic Commitment

Lithic Commitment

September 05, 2018

For Lithic Skis there is no higher calling than crafting the highest quality skis anywhere, ever. As our Washington State-based shop progresses into a fully realized factory, the pride in our craftsmanship grows as well. It would be a mistake, however, to take our confidence as ego-driven. The relationships we build with our customers is based on honest dialogue and a commitment to providing skiers with the best tools to slide down the mountain. 

Lithic Skis intentionally chose the Cascades as our home base because, similar to our surrounding environment, we strive to inspire those who want to get outside and indulge themselves on nature's endless bounty of spines, ridges, cliffs, powder and everything in between. We spend our winters skiing and prototyping as much as possible; it is through this intimate connection with the mountains, during high and low winters, that motivates us when we return to our factory each spring. Refreshed and excited to craft you, our customers, whatever your hearts desire, we eagerly work long days and solve difficult problems to bring our, and ultimately your, creations to life.

Manufacturing in America was once a source of immense pride and while trends ebb and flow, like our backyard rivers, our commitment to quality will keep our factory right here, forever. Some consider us stubborn, others discerning, but in the end none will say that we are not sincere craftsmen and proud of the work we feel passionate about. It seems simple, and for us it often times is, but it is within that simplicity the beauty of our craft rests. 

The following was written by Robert M. Persig in his phenomenal book titled "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and serves as a succinct summation of what Lithic Skis represents:

"...if we take whatever dull job we are stuck with - and they are all, sooner or later, dull - and, just to keep ourselves amused, start to look for options of Quality, and secretly pursue these options, just for their own sake, thus making an art out of what we are doing, we are likely to discover that we become much more interesting people and much less objects to the people around us because our Quality decisions change us too. And not only the job and us, but others too because the Quality tends to fan out like waves. The Quality job we didn't think anyone was going to see is seen, and the person who sees it feels a little better because  of it and is likely to pass that feeling onto others, and in that way the quality tends to keep on going. My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement of the world will be done; by individuals making quality decisions and that's all."

~Ty and Paul



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