Skis have come a long way in
the past 10 years. The days of "short skis suck" have definitely gone
by the wayside as the trends have brought out shorter, fatter skis for
just about everyone. The differences between tele skis and alpine skis
have also become blurred with pinheads riding alpines regularly and
many an alpine skier mounting up a pair of Black Diamonds. Today we
must also consider whether to go with reverse camber or sidecut and
rockered tips and/or tails. Below are some of the most popular fatties
on the market today. Tahoe is a big player in the big ski market with
three companies (PMGear, Praxis, and Moment) all located in the Reno
Tahoe area. We'll start with their offerings.
PMGear has led the ski industry in terms of
ski design and sales marketing over recent years. Selling skis
exclusively through the web 2.0 model, they are able to provide
handmade, carbon fiber/fiberglass hybrid skis at reasonable prices.
Praxis Skis has been making the fun shapes
out of Truckee for several years now. In addition to top freeskiing
competitors Drew Tabke and Kevin O'Meara, Praxis has added legend Dean
Cummings to their talent pool this year.
Moment Skis have been making skis by hand in
Reno for a bit longer than either Praxis or PMGear. As a result you can
find their products online at sites like EvoGear and Backcountry.com.
They are also a little more mainstream now in that they carry a full
quiver of skis from big mountain to park and even a full lineup for the
You've all heard of K2. Now they are once
again at the forefront of skiing with a lineup including the Shane
McConkey inspired Pontoon The new Backside Series features innovative
features designed to make back/sidecountry travel safer and easier.