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4 QUESTIONS TO ASK TO BUY THE BEST BACKCOUNTRY SKIS

Ok, people, here’s the deal: Heavier skis are better for downhill performance, and lighter ones are (obviously) better for hauling up mountains. S...

9 BACKCOUNTRY MISTAKES

Todd Guyn studies risk, avalanche safety and human behavior for a living. He shared with us the most common mistakes he sees skiers make in the bac...

THE WAGNER BEHIND WAGNER SKIS: Q & A WITH PETE

An interview with the man behind the skis. Pete Wagner does not fit they typical profile of a ski bum who started a ski company in his garage. He d...

THE BEST SKIS FOR POWDER

 Ah, powder. To purr through the velvety deep, we skiers will wake up at ungodly hours, drive white-knuckled up icy mountain roads, and make up ela...

HOW IMPORTANT IS CAMBER?

We know, rockered skis have been all the rage since Jennifer Anniston’s hair became a thing. But that doesn’t mean that camber isn’t important. Fir...

TRAFFIC ARTIST COLLECTION: ADOLFO CORREA

Chilean graphic artist Adolfo Correa has not always been a creator—he began by being an appreciator. As a young child, he collected other people’s ...

GETTING INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY: PART 2 – GET THE KNOWLEDGE

So here we are. For most of us in the U.S., the 2021 winter season is begrudgingly and slowly arriving in the  mountains and after the 2020 season...

S3, E6: ERIK LAMBERT: BACKCOUNTRY– MORE THAN JUST AVY SKILLS

  Erik Lambert and partner Jeff Woodward founded Bluebird Backcountry in 2019 on a snowy hill outside of Kremmling Colorado. They wanted to test t...

S3, E5: CODY TOWNSEND: TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Big mountain super hero turned mountaineering master, Cody Townsend has piloted a career on skis unlike any other. He spent more than a decade ski...

ONLINE TOOLS TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE THIS WINTER

The pandemic will undoubtedly make the backcountry busier this season. Stay safe by complementing in-person learning with these online resources. R...

TRAFFIC ARTIST COLLECTION 2021: MONSIEUR Z

Monsieur Z is a French illustrator who combines the lush atmosphere of the French Riviera with the clean lines of mid-century California architectu...

Buyer's Guide

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 2: SKI WIDTH

When buying a skis, it’s important to get your ski width correct as it can make or break your next ski day. Read our guide on choosing a proper ski...

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 1: SKI LENGTH

Picking skis can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for. A good place to start is choosing ski length. Here, we cover ski length basics.

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 3: SKI SHAPE

Ski shape is made up of the width of the tip, underfoot, tail, overall length, sidecut radius, and the overall influence of the ski's tip and tail.

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 4: SKI MATERIALS

If you’re buying new skis, you need to know how the various materials in the ski’s core affects the ski’s behavior. Here’s your Guide to Ski Materi...

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 5: SKI STIFFNESS AND FLEX PATTERN

A ski that's too stiff will make you feel tired. If your ski is too soft, you'll feel like you are “going over the handlebars”. See our ski stiffne...

SKI BUYER'S GUIDE, PART 6: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

When you are ready to buy your next pair of skis here's the information you need to about ski width, ski length, ski camber, ski stiffness, and ski...

Factory Tour

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: SKIER DNA

At Wagner Custom Skis, it all starts with your Skier DNA. Basic questions help us design a ski that is uniquely optimized for you as an individual ...

WAGNER FACTORY TOURS: GRAPHICS

The custom-ski process gets really fun when it’s time to choose a topsheet graphic. We offer: stock topsheets, wood veneers, and custom graphics.

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: WOOD CORES

The wood core is the foundation of every ski that we build at Wagner. The right wood core allows the ski to optimally perform in your preferred ter...

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: BASE MATERIALS & STEEL EDGES

The base material on a ski is incredibly important because that’s the part of the ski, along with the steel edge, that makes contact with the snow.

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: STRUCTURAL MATERIALS

The structural materials are what gives the ski its longitudinal stiffness and they also contribute to the torsional stiffness of the ski.

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: SKI PRESS

The ski press is a unique piece of technology we use that cooks the ski so that all the structural materials bond together and are shaped in the sk...

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: SKI FINISHING AND TUNING

What happens when your skis come out of the ski press? We send them through the bandsaw and then take them through a multi-step tuning process.

WAGNER FACTORY TOUR: MOUNTING AND BINDINGS

We prefer to mount your skis at our factory to ensure that your skis are ready to hit the snow when you receive them. Here's a look at the binding ...

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HOW TO DEMO SKIS

Sure, it’s best to try skis before you buy them, but there are so many brands, waist-widths, price points, and flavors out there that it can be diz...

4 QUESTIONS TO ASK TO BUY THE BEST BACKCOUNTRY SKIS

Ok, people, here’s the deal: Heavier skis are better for downhill performance, and lighter ones are (obviously) better for hauling up mountains. S...

9 BACKCOUNTRY MISTAKES

Todd Guyn studies risk, avalanche safety and human behavior for a living. He shared with us the most common mistakes he sees skiers make in the bac...

THE WAGNER BEHIND WAGNER SKIS: Q & A WITH PETE

An interview with the man behind the skis. Pete Wagner does not fit they typical profile of a ski bum who started a ski company in his garage. He d...

LOOKING BACK ON THE HISTORY OF SKI DESIGN

In the beginning, all skis were custom-made. Skis used for winter transportation, for cross-country racing and jumping, were carved by hand, from ...

THE BEST SKIS FOR POWDER

 Ah, powder. To purr through the velvety deep, we skiers will wake up at ungodly hours, drive white-knuckled up icy mountain roads, and make up ela...

HOW IMPORTANT IS CAMBER?

We know, rockered skis have been all the rage since Jennifer Anniston’s hair became a thing. But that doesn’t mean that camber isn’t important. Fir...

S3, E8: SKYLAR HOLGATE: BE THE WATER, NOT THE ROCK

For almost half his life, Skylar Holgate has logged 250-300 day seasons in the biggest mountains of Colorado, Alaska, Argentina, and Chile. He guid...

S3, E7: TED MAHON: FANCY FOOTWORK

Ted Mahon : Fancy Footwork On this episode of Next Level Skiing, I speak with Ted Mahon, one of Colorado’s most respected mountain athletes. He ha...

THE ART OF CARVING

You may think you’re carving. You ski fast on blue and black groomed terrain, making long turns and kicking up clouds of snow. But if you look back...

TRAFFIC ARTIST COLLECTION: ADOLFO CORREA

Chilean graphic artist Adolfo Correa has not always been a creator—he began by being an appreciator. As a young child, he collected other people’s ...

GETTING INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY: PART 2 – GET THE KNOWLEDGE

So here we are. For most of us in the U.S., the 2021 winter season is begrudgingly and slowly arriving in the  mountains and after the 2020 season...

S3, E6: ERIK LAMBERT: BACKCOUNTRY– MORE THAN JUST AVY SKILLS

  Erik Lambert and partner Jeff Woodward founded Bluebird Backcountry in 2019 on a snowy hill outside of Kremmling Colorado. They wanted to test t...

S3, E5: CODY TOWNSEND: TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Big mountain super hero turned mountaineering master, Cody Townsend has piloted a career on skis unlike any other. He spent more than a decade ski...

THE BEST SKIS FOR GROOMERS

Let’s face it: hard snow happens. A lot. Despite all those images of blower pow you see in all the mags, most of the time we are skiing groomers a...

APRÉS-SKI STRETCHES

Here are all the best apres ski stretches to help you be the best skier possible, from spinning on a bike to using the roller ball and scheduling a...

GETTING INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY: PART 1 – WHERE TO BEGIN

So here we are. For most of us in the U.S., the 2021 winter season is begrudgingly and slowly arriving in the  mountains and after the 2020 season...

NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: WOOD VENEERS PART 2/5

This is the second of 5 articles helping you hone in on places, avenues, and ideas to kick-start your creativity.   Custom graphics makes your ski...

S3, E4: WES WYLIE: SKIING AND HEALING, HOW TO SKI FOREVER

Season 3, Episode 4 Dr. Wes Wylie is the guy you want on your heliskiing crew. He’s a heliski guide at Alaska’s Tordillo Mountain Lodge as well as...

BEST SKIS FOR INTERMEDIATE SKIERS

So, you’ve mastered the blues, ventured into the woods, and skied in every type of snow condition. You can link parallel turns and can mostly hold ...

HOW TO BUY BOOTS

We know that there is nothing sexier than a shiny new pair of skis. (Especially if they’re custom made from Wagner.) But listen up, people: The sin...