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If you're looking for winter skis made in the USA, we have found them!
Ask anyone who lives in a snowbound state how they survive the long winters, and they'll tell you they love being outside.
It seems they've learned to make the snow their outdoor Adventureland. Whether they're sledding, snowboarding, skiing, or simply feeding the birds, they truly appreciate the powdery white stuff.
Different Types of Snow Skis
While other types of winter skis exist, downhill skis and cross country skis are the two basic styles covered in this article.
Each of these types of skis varies within its category as well. If you're just starting out, find a professional to help you choose the right skis for you, as the process can be somewhat complicated.
Downhill skis vary in length, width, and purpose. The size of the skis depend on your height and ability level. Skis also vary by terrain, from mountain skis to powder skis and competitive skis. The most common downhill skis are made for alpine skiing, or skiing at resorts and places with groomed runs of various levels of difficulty.
Cross country skis require you to propel and move yourself forward across the snowy landscape. You can cross country ski at local parks, in your neighborhood, or at resorts with groomed trails made specifically for this style of skiing. There are even varying ways to cross country ski, from the classic style similar to walking but wearing skis, to backcountry skiing, skating, and classic no-wax.
Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite style and favorite American-made skiis!
Whatever type of skiing you enjoy, we've provided a list of winter skis made in the USA that include both downhill and cross country styles. Some of the companies have been around for many years, while newer companies find great joy in crafting their products in small quantities. Most of the companies on our list custom make skis, which takes know-how, skilled craftsmanship, and a true commitment to their respective brands.
So whatever style you choose, whatever brand you choose…we hope you support our American neighbors and buy USA-made!
Interested in other winter outdoor hobbies? Check out our USA-made sleds!
Folsom Skis is a skier-owned company that makes its skis in a private Denver, Colorado facility. The company gets its name from the location where it was founded, on Folsom Street in Boulder, Colorado. Each ski is built completely around the needs of each individual skier.
Lib Tech builds skis, snowboards, surfboards, and skateboards using high-performance, environmentally friendly materials. The company has been in business since 1988 and is located on the western shore of Puget Sound in Washington.
Moment completely hand makes their skis in-house in Reno, Nevada. Calling themselves "the biggest little ski company in the world," Luke Jacobson and team crank out skis good enough for 2018 olympian David Wise to win gold. Now that's a "moment."
ON3P is located in Portland, Oregon, where the company makes its custom, all-mountain, freeride, freestyle, and park skis. The skiers-turned-manufacturers started in 2006 in a garage. Today their top-of-the-line facility serves dealers in 10 countries.
Voile makes its backcountry skis in Utah. Housed minutes away from the Wasatch Mountains, they've been around since the 1970s. They're probably best known for their original design of a backcountry splitboard.
Peter Wagner, engineer, founder, and creative, opened Wagner Custom Skis near Telluride, Colorado, in Mountain Village, in 2006. He's one of the few who doesn't use a precast mold to form a ski, but rather, starts from scratch every time. Forbes Magazine calls it "The Perfect Ski."
Tammy Tilley is a southern transplant living in the Midwest. Growing up in the West Virginia hills, she was surrounded by family and friends who made things with their hands, from a penny whistle carved from the backyard tree’s branches to the hand-hewn wooden cradle gifted to her when her firstborn arrived. As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the small cottage businesses the Amish and Mennonite communities cultivate in Northern Indiana. Tammy holds a B.A. and M.S. in English/Education.
The majority of skiers and snowboarders are still drawn by the allure of those iconic blue and yellow ski boots, but the days of those older boots are coming to an end. With each new year comes new products and new trends, which means that today’s skier has a more diverse selection of products to choose from than ever before.