I got a chance to go by the Stöckli Factory in Switzerland. It was quite the experience. I am blown away by the care and attention to detail that goes into each and every one of their handmade skis. The factory is very small and it feels like an extremely personalized family business; I am having trouble expressing how cool the whole experience was. I am SO proud to ski for Stöckli and to represent what they’re all about. Learning about the manufacturing of my skis has really helped me understand why they feel so good and why I am able to win on them.
Walter and the guys set me up with some SICK big mountain skis -- Dominique Perret’s pro model -- and I got to try them out at the most insane ski resort I’ve ever encountered...Engelberg. These are clearly the skis to have over here. All the serious shredders on the mountain had them and they were all eyeing mine up. I even got some high-fives for holding big Stöcklis It was officially the sickest day of skiing I’ve ever had anywhere.
The terrain is endless, there were 50-80cms of freshies depending on which aspect we hit, and it was bluebird. I was choking on snow all day and we managed to find bottomless fresh tracks right through until our very last lap. The conditions were unreal and I love my new skis. They’re 186cms, woodcore, 132-101-121 tip-mid-tail...fat all the way through and they’re so nice and responsive even in bottomless pow. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, turning in pow so deep that you have to time your breathing, and never touching any sort of solid base, and snapping up out of it to spot the next turn to dive in for more.