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Ski Buyer’s Guide Part 2: Ski Shape & Length

If you’re buying a custom ski, you’re going to need to know how shape and length interact. Here’s your guide. In the straight ski days of yore, all you really needed to think about was length. Sidecut and rocker have changed that. Now, you need to know how these three fundamental ski shapes interact in order to design the perfect...
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Ski Buyer’s Guide Part 1: Ski Width

Thinking about going custom? Here’s how to decide the most fundamental question—how wide you want your ski to be. If you want to find the perfect ski, you may have to have it built just for you. But in order to tell your ski tailor what you need, it helps to know how a ski’s design affects how it performs...
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The Ultimate Gift

Deciding on the right gift for someone can be a challenge. Luckily, Wagner Custom Skis is around to eliminate gift-giving pressure. Wagner takes the hard work and complexities out of choosing equipment for your special someone because each ski is handcrafted and customized based on an individual’s Skier DNA. The Wagner process allows skiers anywhere in the world to work...
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What you need to know about great ski materials

The weight, agility, stability and durability of any ski depend largely on the quality of the materials selected for construction. So the next step, after shape, length, camber and flex are determined, is to create a bill of materials. Hardwood cores By far the best all-around material to use as a ski core is straight-grain laminated hardwood. Wagner uses tough...
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What You Need to Know About Getting Great Skis

Choosing the best pair of new skis can be a daunting task. Width, shape, length, camber, materials, flex, etc., etc. Let’s face it; industry buyer’s guides can be confusing too. Here is our breakdown of getting the ski that’s right for you! Width and shape: Ski shape is generally given as width, in millimeters, at the shovel (the widest part...
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Powder, Groomers and Bumps

Powder is what we live for, floating through bottomless snow. We grow addicted to that sense of weightless control. It’s the closest most of us get to flying unburdened by wings. Truly, there are two kinds of powder skiing: resort powder and wild powder. Resort powder lies over a firm base, and most skis penetrate through the new snow to...
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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 a single plank of wood, by the skier or a family member — perhaps by a neighboring expert carpenter. An experienced ski-maker knew how to tailor the ski’s camber and flex to the weight and strength of the...
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