Up your downhill game with top-rated locally made ski gear
By Geoff Griffin
Utah may have “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” but you need the right equipment to have a transformative experience in the state’s legendary powder. Luckily for you, people who really love to ski and snowboard end up living here, deciding to create companies and products that let them enjoy the local mountains even more. “Buy local” is a great adage for the community and all, but in the case of snow sports, it makes sense to buy local for strictly selfish reasons since Utah-based companies make top-rated products and are staffed by people who frequent the same resorts and backcountry locations as you. Check out these five offerings made by locals for locals (and those in the know).
DPS Nina 99 Alchemist
The Wasatch Front’s own DPS company won the “Best in Narrow” category in Ski magazine’s review of indie brands with their Alchemist Nina 99. The Nina features DPS’ trademarked PaddleTech Geometry which blends rocker and variable side cuts. That unique combination allows for strong carving in hard snow while also providing plenty of action in softer conditions. The state-of-the-art skis are made right here “at the base of the Wasatch Mountains” in the DPS factory that’s been open since 2013.
DPSSkis.com | $1,299
TSki magazine had 12 skiers check out 55 models from 11 different small-batch brands and picked their favorite “indies” for the 2018 season. The men’s selection for “Best Value” was 4FRNT MSP. 4FRNT, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, put 15 years of ski-building experience into the new shape and construction of one of their classics. The camber rocker profile works well in a variety of conditions and settings. 4FRNT guiding philosophy is: “Get the skis you want instead of the skis you can afford.” The company tries to help more people get on the slopes with their $599-orless “flat pricing” on all skis.
4Frnt.com | $599
Black Diamond First Light Hybrid Hoody & Spark Pro Gloves
Salt Lake’s own Black Diamond Equipment will keep you warm on the mountain with their First Light Hybrid Hoody and Spark Pro Gloves. The mid-layer hoody is a hybrid in that the hood, chest and arms are all kept warm through the use of trademarked PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, while the body and underarms have blended merino wool to allow for breathability and better range of motion. The gloves feature fleece-lining to keep you toasty on the inside, and PrimaLoft Gold Insulation to keep the cold outside.
Pallas Girl Scout
Pallas Snowboards is a women’s snowboard company that wants you to put down that box of Thin Mints and take a ride on their “Girl Scout” board that’s newly redesigned for the 2017- 18 season. This board has a one-quiver setup and zero-camber profile to make it a great choice as an everyday board capable of handling any type of mountain adventure. Pallas is based in Salt Lake City, but their passion for the snow is such that they prefer to tell people their boards are made “in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.”
PallasSnowboards.com | $575
Stealth 145 cm 3D
Grassroots Powdersurfing, based in Logan, wants to free you from the bindings that tie you to the board. Ride the backcountry the same way a surfer rides waves or a skateboarder moves along the pavement (with your feet unattached) on the Stealth 145 cm 3D. This board is popular with Utah powder surfers because of the deep swallow tail that provides stability while transforming the great outdoors into a gigantic skate park. Those already familiar with powder surfing may want to check out new Grassroots products Flying Carpet 140 cm 3D, specially designed to perform in shallow snow and tricky terrain, or try boards made of exotic woods such as walnut or teak.
PowSurf.com | $399.95