Utah’s Factory-to-Slope Culture
When ski gear manufacturers and designers have such incredible outdoor inspiration, there’s no need to go far afield when they can stay right at home. Utah’s gear scene benefits from being able to use its backyard as a testing ground, making the complete ski and snowboard cycle uniquely Utah
Keeping it Close to Home
When ski gear manufacturers and designers have such incredible outdoor inspiration, there’s no need to go far afield when they can stay right at home. Utah’s gear scene benefits from being able to use its backyard as a testing ground, making the complete ski and snowboard cycle uniquely Utah. For an industry especially interested in reducing its carbon footprint and keeping a consistent winter from year to year, remaining local is a key element.
Based in Linden, Bluehouse produces innovative ski designs at affordable prices, and because it’s independent from major ski companies, distributors and retailers — when you buy Bluehouse skis, you’ve established a relationship directly with the company that made your skis right in Salt Lake City, and you save money in the process. Get an even closer look with a visit to the factory to take a peek behind the curtain and see how your skis are made.
With its global headquarters and state-of-the-art ski factory in Salt Lake City, DPS Skis knows Utah skiing and ski making. After nearly 10 years of overseas manufacturing, DPS opened its factory on the Wasatch Front, and now the company’s entire DPS Pure3 line, sandwich construction skis with pure prepreg carbon fiber laminates, is made in its Utah factory. While you can buy DPS Skis products in shops throughout the world, getting them closer to the source is special.
Born in a California garage, Monson now creates its custom snowboards in Utah. The company’s simple approach allows it to serves global snowboard companies, marketing firms and individual riders searching for high-end or cost-effective production. When your board is different than everyone else’s on the mountain and matches your riding style, that’s when you stand out and add extra oomph to your days on the slopes.
The folks at RAMP (Riders Artists Musicians Project) believe consumers prefer products built with new technology, high-end materials, clean best practices, and made by people who love skiing and riding. The company’s skis and snowboards are made in Utah, and RAMP gives 13 percent of its proceeds back to the Earth through a variety of clean, green initiatives, like using FSC certified bamboo cores, Blue Sky Clean Energy, purchasing carbon offsets, and establishing a buyback program.
Founded by former U.S. Ski Team racers, Soul Poles makes eco-friendly ski and hiking poles by hand in Park City, both to provide local employment as well as to curb emissions that cause the climate change threatening snowy slopes. The company uses the most environmentally friendly materials possible to reduce waste (by not having to replace poles), initiate a sustainable movement and provide the customer with a piece of art in a ski pole — all of which have a 2-year, no-questions-asked warranty.
You may think the name sounds like it would be from a French ski company, but Voilé has been manufacturing the majority of its gear in Salt Lake City since 1980. The company prefers to build its own splitboards, skis, telemark bindings, avalanche shovels and soft goods rather than outsource to less-expensive countries in order to stay flexible and close to its roots. And Voilé’s focus is making the best backcountry products in the ski industry right here in Utah.