…It’s almost impossible to believe that barely two months ago this part of the country felt as cold as the Finnish cold could ever be while hosting one of the most prestigious skiing competitions in the world: the Lahti Ski Games.
Today the Lahti region ( officically Päijänne Tavastia – and good luck pronouncing that correctly) is living through a scorching hot spring day and, judging by attire ( almost universal shorts for men, light dresses for women) the last thing on people’s mind is winter sports.
We are here, however, because of skiing ( and rollerskiing – more of which in a separate story)
Because today we visit what is branded as the “world’s most modern ski-producing factory”. Or, perhaps, the biggest of the smaller ski makers.
…The world ski production is dominated by large brands: Fischer, Atomic, Rossignol, Madshus, Salomon, sometimes collectively called as FARMS. Not a big secret that they make most of their money off downhill skiing ( or, in case of venerable Madshus, being owned by a large sporting goods conglomerate).
It’s FARMS’ products we get to see on TV and in the web photos: almost all top athletes use theirs skis via sponsorship programmes.
Smaller firms are fighting for the slice of the market, largely avoiding expensive sponsorship at the World Cup level
There is one notable exception we can think of: Nadine Fähndrich of Team Swiss. A 22 year old, widely considered to be one the most promising athletes of her generation, is doing her skiing on Peltonen skis.
Peltonen is anything but a new name – in the 1970s the Olympic Games and the world championships were won on the skis from ( then) Hartola, Finland
Peltonen prides itself on being the first company to introduce dedicated skating skis during season of 1984/’85.
In 2011 Peltonen has moved from its historic Hartola factory to the new one – in Heinola.
And here’s inside look into how the high-end skis are produced at the heart of Finland – and the people behind that fascinating but hard & skillful work.
You always wanted to know what World Cup – quality racing skis are made of, right? Well, here is your chance: on this video Jarmo Pilli, Peltonen Ski production manager is guiding us through the process of making flagship Supra X Skate WCR skis, like those used by @swisscrosscountry Nadine Fähndrich @nadinefaehndrich Sorry the quality of audio – but stand by for a full story at DailySkier.com from the Peltonen production facility in Heinola, Finland next week where everything will be explained in detail! #xcski #crosscountry #nordicskiing #dailyskier #langrenn #langlauf #ski #hiihto
Several robots are busy working hard at the production line of the Peltonen ski factory in Heinola, Finland. Ski making is generally a rather conservative business and hasn't changed all that drastically since introduction of P-tex for glide surface and Nomex-like cores, but use of expensive robots like this ABB marvel of precision engineering is still pretty limited.
Robots are cool – and damn expensive , but experienced eyes of a professional on that final check are priceless. Skis of today are not "some planks wrapped in plastic" – they are marvel of engineering and real luxury item for truly discerning public. #ski #handmade #whatyouwant #hiihto #dailyskier #langrenn #langlauf #peltonen #лыжи #лыжныегонки