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How are Skis Made? Take the Blizzard Factory Tour

Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, explains the silk screen technique that Blizzard uses for some of their topsheets in the new Quattro line. - ©Krista Crabtree

Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, explains the silk screen technique that Blizzard uses for some of their topsheets in the new Quattro line.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, explains the silk screen technique that Blizzard uses for some of their topsheets in the new Quattro line. - ©Krista Crabtree
Austrian ski design is associated with high-performance. The state-of-the art Blizzard factory is located in Mittersill—in the Pinzgau region—at the doorstep of the Austrian Alps. Nordica skis are also manufactured in the same facility. - ©Krista Crabtree

Austrian ski design is associated with high-performance. The state-of-the art Blizzard factory is located in Mittersill—in the Pinzgau region—at the doorstep of the Austrian Alps. Nordica skis are also manufactured in the same facility.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

Austrian ski design is associated with high-performance. The state-of-the art Blizzard factory is located in Mittersill—in the Pinzgau region—at the doorstep of the Austrian Alps. Nordica skis are also manufactured in the same facility. - ©Krista Crabtree
The Classic heritage wall at the Blizzard factory in Mittersill, Austria dates back to  1945, the year skis were first manufactured at this location this year. - ©Krista Crabtree

The Classic heritage wall at the Blizzard factory in Mittersill, Austria dates back to 1945, the year skis were first manufactured at this location this year.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

The Classic heritage wall at the Blizzard factory in Mittersill, Austria dates back to  1945, the year skis were first manufactured at this location this year. - ©Krista Crabtree
The Blizzard Black Pearl has gone through a construction evolution as well as a graphic evolution. This represents the topsheet while it’s curing, before being included in the mold. - ©Krista Crabtree

The Blizzard Black Pearl has gone through a construction evolution as well as a graphic evolution. This represents the topsheet while it’s curing, before being included in the mold.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

The Blizzard Black Pearl has gone through a construction evolution as well as a graphic evolution. This represents the topsheet while it’s curing, before being included in the mold. - ©Krista Crabtree
In the materials room of the Blizzard factory, Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, discusses the different wood core construction options that are used in the new Quattro line of skis. - ©Krista Crabtree

In the materials room of the Blizzard factory, Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, discusses the different wood core construction options that are used in the new Quattro line of skis.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

In the materials room of the Blizzard factory, Michele Botteon, International Blizzard Product Manager, discusses the different wood core construction options that are used in the new Quattro line of skis. - ©Krista Crabtree
It’s a little known fact that steel edges have the teeth-like roots of a molar that create the foundation of the edges’ strength. Following the primary base materials, the edges are laid into the mold. The next step is to place core materials, such as a laminated wood core, titanal, fiberglass and top sheet material. At that point, the skis are ready for final press. - ©Krista Crabtree

It’s a little known fact that steel edges have the teeth-like roots of a molar that create the foundation of the edges’ strength. Following the primary base materials, the edges are laid into the mold. The next step is to place core materials, such as a laminated wood core, titanal, fiberglass and top sheet material. At that point, the skis are ready for final press.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

It’s a little known fact that steel edges have the teeth-like roots of a molar that create the foundation of the edges’ strength. Following the primary base materials, the edges are laid into the mold. The next step is to place core materials, such as a laminated wood core, titanal, fiberglass and top sheet material. At that point, the skis are ready for final press. - ©Krista Crabtree
Blizzard’s molds are micro adjustable. This is the moment when the hydraulic press marries together all the materials through heat, pressure and time, much like a Panini sandwich.  - ©Krista Crabtree

Blizzard’s molds are micro adjustable. This is the moment when the hydraulic press marries together all the materials through heat, pressure and time, much like a Panini sandwich.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

Blizzard’s molds are micro adjustable. This is the moment when the hydraulic press marries together all the materials through heat, pressure and time, much like a Panini sandwich.  - ©Krista Crabtree
Sintered graphite bases are used on Quattro skis. The quality of the base determines speed and durability, and these bases are valued for both. - ©Krista Crabtree

Sintered graphite bases are used on Quattro skis. The quality of the base determines speed and durability, and these bases are valued for both.
Copyright: Krista Crabtree

Sintered graphite bases are used on Quattro skis. The quality of the base determines speed and durability, and these bases are valued for both. - ©Krista Crabtree

Resort: Mittersill - Pass Thurn - Kitzbühel


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