Martin Madshus produced his very first pair of skis in his barn in 1906 beating Abel Rossignol by a year ( the Frenchman began making skis in Voiron “only”in 1907)
Madshus as a company has been continuously operating ever since, thus making it the oldest ski manufacturer in the world.
It likely also is the world’s most modern – at least one of, considering the amount of ( hugely expensive ) robots employed at the production line in Biri, some 30 kilometers from Lillehammer.
When you purchase Madshus, you become an owner of much more than a pair of skis.
Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world for manufacturing – that’s the price the business pays for highly skilled work force and stringent ecological regulations. Therefore, it only makes sense to manufacture high-end products down there. Like Hypersonics, Nanosonics and, of course, best of them – Red Line skis.
…first -and the last – time skis move about on their own, individually. Then the pairing is done – and the rest of their ski- lives there is a stable couple. A bit like humans, really 😎 ..Stand by for the inside look story of the world's oldest ( and the most modern) ski factory @madshus1906 at DailySkier.com #langrenn #langlauf #redline #madshus #xcski #crosscountry #лыжи
Today we offer you the Part 1 of our recent tour of Biri factory ( it is worth repeating that at the DailySkier we do not believe in longreads – those are not for our busy, hectic schedules)
In Part 2 Madshus pros: Bjorn Ivar Austrem, R & D director, Per Wiik who runs both racing and marketing departments – and Nils Hult, Madshus CEO himself, – will answer some of the more common questions both pro-athletes and amateurs have to ski manufacturers
In Part 3 we shall touch upon what Red Line 2.0 , a new iteration of Madshus’best skis, is suppose to be made of, look like – and ski as.
Have a good read!
Cores of all Madshus racing skis are made exclusively of Rohacell , low-density stiff foam patented by a German chemical giant Evonik – same material as widely in aerospace and car racing to name but a few applications
There is a little secret that gliding surfaces of practically all modern racing skis are made of PTEX produced by one manufacturer – famed Austrian Isosport. Madshus is not an exception.
Robots are employed everywhere – doing the most repetitive tasks. The machines costs well over million Euros ( or US dollars) but, essentially, replace humans at the jobs few humans actually want to do day in & day out.