New Michigan based ski company, Epic Planks, is getting ready to hit the market with their handmade powder skis that will rival the best in the world. Epic Planks is all about getting you into handmade, high quality and great performing skis at an affordable price.
Started by Bill Wanrooy and Brian VanDenBrand, the pair spent this season prototype testing their ski concepts in Michigan, Colorado and British Columbia. Bill has traveled the globe in search of the best powder and in 2006 wrote the book: Dream Season: Worldwide Guide to Heli & Cat Skiing/Boarding.
After much testing and tweaking, Epic Planks have finalized their first two handmade ski models for the 2010/2011 season: a powder ski called the Floater and a park ski called the Spinner.
The Floater will be your go-to set of powder skis for next season. The ski measures 150/122/140 mm (tip/waist/tail), and will come in a 185 cm length for the first year. The powder skis are constructed with a poplar core, P-Tex sidewalls, vibration dampening foil, and a double sintered base to give you a porous, abrasion resistant and wax-absorbent surface. The Floater has no camber but comes with a tip and tail rocker and some pretty cool graphics.
The second model will be the Spinner, a light and poppy true-twin park ski. Become a fan of Epic Planks on Facebook and you can join in on the discussion about what features you would like to see in a set of park skis. Right now they are considering a 115/90/115 measurement, poplar core in 180 cm and 173 cm lengths with a 5mm x 20cm tip and tail rocker.
Epic Planks are hoping to release an all-mountain model in the future that can cut crud, hold ice and give you great in bound performance- a perfect ski for all of you East Coasters. The company is currently taking orders for the Floater which retails at $599. Keep an eye out for these guys at all the demo days next season where you can test out their new handmade skis.