BY CHRIS BAGLEY
Yeti Skis is a new initiative to create a more environmentally conscious ski industry movement coupled with a passion to support and grow Maine’s local businesses. Chris picked the name Yeti early on, combining a childhood Bigfoot obsession with a nod to snow culture. An avid skier, he began researching everything he could find on making his own skis. He found a small but devoted community of builders making “homebrew” or “microbrew” skis, most based in the western U.S. In fact, the skis he saw being made were designed for western conditions. The loose, deep powder snow and wide open spaces of western terrain often mean skis that aren’t ideal for the icy, crunchy eastern conditions. Chris knew that the skis he would eventually make would be twin-tip style, and custom-built for East Coast skiing.
He also decided that his skis needed to be made of sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. Forgoing the maple or poplar often used in skis, he opted for super-strong bamboo, a fast-growing wood with a low environmental impact, which he sources from a California flooring supply company. He also chose a pine-based epoxy, as opposed to an epoxy made with harsh chemicals.