Made by Hand
In the summer time, some pro skiers spend their free time making handcrafted goods. From sewing to painting to farming, here are some products hand-made by some of your favorite skiers.
Skier Erik Olson hand sews Yoke Collection's five-panel hats in his Salt Lake City, Utah, basement. Traveling Circus cinematographer Shane McFalls, a former partner in the company and longtime friend of Olson's, drew many of the designs by hand, sketching out weird, monstrous creatures for the start-up apparel company. [YokeCollection.com]
A-Bomb Apparel, the clothing company founded by pro skier Ashley Battersby, began after an outerwear sponsor dropped Battersby. "I didn't want to ride anyone's company for free, so I started my own," says Battersby. [ABomb.BigCartel.com]
East Coast skier and former X Games halfpipe competitor Dan Marion started Fresh Pickins in his home state of Maine. Marion grows fresh cut flowers, gourmet mushrooms, and produces honey and bee's wax products. For summer 2014, Marion's family farm is producing all natural bug repellent and sunscreen. [FreshPickinsFarm.com]
Carston Oliver Hot Sauce
This fall, Moment Skis is releasing the Chipotle Banana, Carton Oliver's first pro model. With every pair sold, Oliver is sending along a bottle of his "magic" hot sauce, made from peppers grown in Oliver's garden in Utah. [MomentSkis.com]
Traveling Circus skier Rob Heule, along with his brother, cuts and sews thrift-store jeans into backpacks. RAD Packs (Recycled All Denim Backpacks) are produced in Heule's garage in Calgary, Alberta. [RadPacks.ca]
Eric Pollard Designs
Eric Pollard has been designing skis with his ski sponsor, Line, since shortly after the founding of the company. A filmmaker (see: Nimbus Films) and avid painter, Pollard's original prints are available through his website, EricPollardDesign.com.
The sunglasses that took over the ski industry scene, Pit Vipers are the creation of pro skier and party pioneer, Chuck Mumford. Mumford can be seen throughout the winter carrying a baby blue briefcase filled with the shades and poaching various magazine ski tests. Mumford airbrushes all of the shades in a Salt Lake City warehouse. "Rattle cans are for amateurs," says Mumford of the process. [PitViperSunglasses.com]
McDermott Shapes is the brainchild of former Meathead Films skiers and Sugarloaf lifers, Andy and Ryan McDermott. The brothers shape custom surfboards out of Blackpoint Surf Shop, their southern Maine retail store. The two are perhaps best known for creating the custom surf skis used by Cody Townsend and Mike Douglas in 2009 and later by legendary waterman Chuck Patterson at Maui's big wave break Jaws for a 2011 episode of Salomon Freeski TV. [BlackPointSurfShop.com]