It didn’t snow much last year in Colorado, but that’s okay. We still managed to build more skis than we ever have (again), and when we weren’t handcrafting our signature custom builds, we put in hours upon hours of fine tuning our machinery, developing new shapes, optimizing our production techniques, and making our brand more accessible to you, the consumer.
While other ski companies may have changed manufacturers or started outsourcing more of their production, we put our heads down and worked tirelessly to make our custom skis not only perfect for their end users, but also to make them tougher and more dynamic. Coming into our tenth year in business, we feel better than ever about our custom fit process, and the way we craft our products.
This is not the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, this is just the next chapter. Welcome back…
Our two introductory shapes from the 2018 season were the Cash 106 and PowFish. After overwhelmingly positive responses to both shapes, we’re excited to offer them in new lengths and rocker / camber profiles. Specifically, we’re proud to be building the only female-specific swallowtailed ski on the market with our 164 cm PowFish.
On the horizon for the 2019 season are three brand new offerings:
Up first is the Spar 88. Born from our original Blue Note Carve shape, the Spar 88 is a frontside carving ski with versatile rocker and camber options that make it appropriate for nearly any snow type. Dimensions run at 132.88.116 mm and lengths span a whopping 150 – 190 cm with radius varying by length. Blister Gear members – don’t miss the Spar 88’s Flash Review and keep an eye out for a full review from Blister coming soon.
Falling into our award winning Primary family comes a bigger, badder version dubbed, the Primary Plus. It measures in close to the original Primary at 142.114.130 mm, but boasts a 27 m radius that’ll hold smooth on choppy runouts, even when you’re approaching mach 3. Catch our shape release blog post from a few months back here.
Lastly, we’ve given our first ever dedicated powder ski, the Gambit, a bit of a makeover. The all new Gambit 113 will carry with it a svelter 113 mm underfoot platform, giving it more of an all-mountain feel for those that prefer wider skis on a daily basis. We maintained the shape’s 5-point heritage but reduced the taper amount and aggression point to help with smoother edge transitions and better stability at speed. (Note: the original Gambit molds may still be used on request, but the Gambit 113 will be phased in as our flagship 5-point powder geometry.)
After a two year hiatus from entering our skis into Freeskier Magazine’s ski test, Folsom came back with vengeance this year, earning Editor’s Picks on nearly every ski we entered for testing. The prestigious Editor’s Pick award was given to our PowFish, Gold Digger, Trigger II, and Primary. We suspect the TRN TEK would’ve earned another but was ineligible for the 85-99 mm group at 69 mm underfoot. That said, it received the most reviews of any ski in the entire test and was a certified crowd pleaser for testers and staff members across the board.
While keeping true to the premium construction quality we pride ourselves on, we’ve made strides on the production side in the name of build efficiency. First, the recommissioning of one of our presses has allowed us to press skis at a much faster clip. On the finish side, the addition of a standalone stone grinder (shoutout to Moment Skis) has given our skis both flatter bases and better base structure for heightened downhill performance.
As far as what goes on inside our skis, we’re sticking to the recipe that we know works. While we’re constantly adding new base shapes and core profiles to the Folsom resume, you won’t find us trying to sell you on any buzzwords or marketing gimmicks. On a lean material usage level, we build you exactly what you need and nothing more. Did we mention we’re coming up on our tenth year in business? Trust the process…
Graphics, always the fun part. Over the past year, we’ve continued to work with contributors who’s styles have paired nicely with skis, and we have also expanded our horizons both internally and externally for our topsheet designs. Below are some of the latest graphics we’re proud to offer:
In case you (a) haven’t visited us online in a while or (b) have just been living under a rock, you’re experiencing Folsom Custom Skis through our new website! Live as of May 2018, we’re excited to give our audience the ability to build and buy your own skis at the custom level whenever you’d like, however you’d like. On top of the of e-commerce addition, enjoy mobile responsiveness (finally), better graphic organization, and a dedicated blog page titled “The Sharpened Edge” where we highlight company news, media, product releases, and general information we think you might find both helpful and entertaining.
For those who may not be ready to dive into the custom realm, our stock builds will be available online this season through backcountry.com and evo.com, as well as at evo’s new Denver store. Same build quality and craftsmanship at a slightly lower price point.
Like we said, this is merely the next chapter for Folsom Custom Skis. We still handbuild every single one of our skis, we still source every step of our skis’ production in our private facility, and we’re still 100% skier owned. All this, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon. Welcome to 2019, the next chapter… we hope you’re as excited as we are.
— The Folsom Team