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Wagner Custom Skis

  • by brett_schreck
  • Oct 11, 2016
  • 7 Votes

Wagner Custom Skis are lovingly hand-crafted by skiers in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. Owner/ Founder Pete Wagner began his career as a computer scientist. He developed programs to design custom-wound carbon fiber shafts for pro golfers, based on each pro’s unique preferences. In 2000 he decided he’d rather ski than golf, and moved to Telluride. After experiencing disappointment with some mass-produced skis, he set out to digitize the design process for custom-built skis. After much hard work, and 300,000 lines of code, in 2006 he perfected a computer-assisted design and manufacturing package that could optimize shape and flex parameters for any specific skier. The output: instructions to a digital milling machine able to cut all the parts for a ski with such precision that they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Skilled hands assemble these parts to produce perfectly-crafted skis, precisely meeting design goals. Wagner Custom opened that year in a renovated gas station, running entirely on solar and wind energy.