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2012-13 Skis

We’re currently narrowing the sights on our plans for our European factory visits and ski picking trips this summer. Like last year, we’ll be making two trips across the pond, and will be grabbing some testing time on snow in Sognefjell, and hopefully on the Dachstein glacier later in the summer as well. In the […]

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Mid Winter Update 1 – Tour de Ski

On the day after Christmas I flew to Europe to join the US Ski Team for the Tour de Ski. This was the second year I attended the Tour, and it provided another truly unique experience. What follows is a disorganized collection of impressions and notes. Most of my work at the Tour was ski […]

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Tad Elliott at US Nationals in Rumford

Warm Fuzzies

News from Tad Elliott in Davos: “You can sell all my old skis”. Everyone has heard the adage “all ski companies make great skis”. While this may be true, it fails to tell a big part of the story. Quality is one factor, but an equally important factor is understanding. Most of the investment we […]

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November Competition Report

Every year we spend the Fall working on skis, and most of the time we’re working its t-shirt weather. At least 60% of our total grind volume gets done when there is no snow. This is good because it gives us a small chance of actually enjoying winter skiing when it comes. But it does […]

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Almost Normal!

Our grind tally for the season to date is somewhere above 1200, which was our business plan projection for the entire season. We’ve been working pretty hard here! Last Wednesday I stayed up until midnight finishing our final pre-Thanksgiving batch so that we could take Thanksgiving day off. We woke up to groomed trails at […]

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New Materials!

On Friday morning the shipment of new stones and assorted grinder materials finally cleared customs, and I sent Noah off to pick up a really cool John Deere crate (!?!?!). I did feel some remorse over sending an Aspen kid into the wilds of the industrial environs near Logan airport in Boston. But he made […]

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Small Status Update

With many thanks to Wayne Johannson we managed to finish a huge batch of skis over the weekend, and now we’re working on sorting and shipping 500 (+/-) pairs. We’re already cranking on the next batch. Our new grind stones are in Boston, and being processed by customs. We will be cranking along continuously now, […]

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Big Status Update

We’ve been sort of quiet on the website lately. It’s not because we don’t have anything to say. As usual, this time of year, it’s because we don’t have a lot of free time to say it. Ski season has definitely arrived. A brief history of Caldwell Sport mark II (abridged) We moved from Boulder […]

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Salomon Visit

I have recently returned from visiting Salomon headquarters in Annecy, France, and selecting skis at the Amer factory in Altenmarkt. While Salomon is a leading brand in the ski industry, they are a young ski company by any measure. Their brief history in the ski manufacturing game is quite instructive. When you visit a ski […]

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Take a breath…

Sometime between between deciding to move back to Vermont, packing the house and shop for the fourth time in four years, arriving in Vermont, unloading the truck, and departing six days later for a ski picking trip in Europe, it’s possible that Amy and I forgot to breath. I’m back now, and the list of […]

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