Feel Better About this Massive Purchase with these Budgeting Tips

As I’ve already mentioned, custom skis are an investment. Though the benefits will pay off in the long run, you may be looking for ways to mitigate seasonal costs while you save for (or recover from) this big purchase. We have the realistic budgeting tips you need to get through the first few seasons after purchasing custom skis—and you don’t even have to give up your apres-ski. Let’s start with…

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What to Consider Before Going Custom

A custom ski consultation is a bit like a job interview; the maker will ask you to describe yourself, the way you ski, and what you hope to gain from the experience of getting custom gear. As with a job interview, it is essential to prepare adequately and have your talking points ready to go when asked. If you want to communicate exactly what you want out of a custom…

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What Kinds of Customization Your Money Buys

As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the large cost of investing in custom skis. This is often the most prohibitive factor when it comes to making this type of investment. However, this cost is not for nothing; these skilled, professional craftspeople spend hours of time manufacturing the perfect, personalized ski. Here, briefly, is the process and about how much of your money will go into…

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Custom Ski Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

You’ve made the decision to purchase custom skis and have finally skied a season with them. Shredding in a custom set is easy, but protecting your marker’s handiwork can be very difficult—especially in the summer months. As with all ski equipment, it is essential to maintain your skis during the season and the off-season. As summer reaches its zenith, we’d like to review a few essential ski storage and care…

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Knowing What “Custom” Gets You

Not all custom skis and snowboards are created equal. In fact, the term “custom” can often mean a range of characteristics and practices. It is therefore essential to know what you want out of a custom build experience, so do your research before contacting a shop or putting any money on the table; a business’s definition of “custom” may mean something significantly different from your conceptualization. Some companies might advertise…

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Feeling Good About Your Custom Ski or Board Purchase

Custom skis and snowboards are both a financial and lifestyle commitment. However, in addition to improving your ride and allowing for optimal customization, they make a positive social and global impact. Even if you end up spending more money on a pair of custom skis than you intended, you should feel good about the purchase—you are, after all, supporting sustainable business practices. As most people know, it is important to…

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Important Terminology

If you’re curious about custom made skis and snowboards—i.e. you’re on this blog—you likely have some prior knowledge of ski/board lingo. However, it is important to review specific gear-related terms; if you don’t know exactly what you want, your custom ski and board experience will be relatively useless. Below are some important build terms you should know before going to consult your custom ski and board builder.   AFD (Anti-Friction…

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What to Look for in Custom Made Skis and Snowboards

It’s no secret—investing in custom made skis and snowboards is an investment. As a result, it is important to get exactly what you want. If a specific shop doesn’t offer the service or customization you need, consider checking out additional shops. Moreover, there are specific, customizable factors you should be aware of before beginning your search. Below are four important parts of the ski your custom maker will likely ask….

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Should You Go the Customized Route?

As your skiing and snowboarding experience grows, you will likely find yourself yearning for performance-based and customizable equipment. Purchasing a standard pair of K2 twin tips may have worked in your teenage years and early twenties, but as you grow into a more stable riding style, you are likely thinking about investing in equipment that works for you. However, it is necessary to reflect on why you want to go…

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Top 10 Makers of Custom Made Skis and Snowboards

Ski and Board shops are a dime a dozen these days, especially if you live in a mountain or resort town. However, not all shops offer custom made skis and boards, and if they do, their services may not necessarily be of high quality. We did some digging and found ten of the best makers of custom skis and snowboards in the country.   Deviation Ski & Snowboard Works— Located…

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