DENVER -- Ski season is officially under way. As many Denver residents start to hit the slopes, have you ever stopped to think thought about where your skis are made?
Many manufactures produce skis overseas, but there is one company that uses local talent to handcraft them and only use Colorado wood.
There were dozens of companies at the Colorado ski expo in downtown Denver over the weekend, but only one claims its skis are Colorado made.
Meier Skis was born inside of Ted Eynon’s business partner’s garage in 2009.
"Everything is locally made. Everything is locally sourced. Locally source what we can materials-wise," Eynon said. "He had skis from big brands that were falling apart.”
His solution was to create his own skis.
“We had the idea to use Colorado aspen and pine beetle kill,” he said.
Fast forward six years and what started as a way to handle a personal skiing problem has turned into a booming eco-friendly business.
“There are hundreds of manufactures across the world. So to have something that is a distinctive look, it's not easy,” Eynon said.
It might not be easy, but their love for the sport and for the state they call home keeps them willing to step up to the challenge.
“To be made locally, it’s a little more expensive to make them that way. But we have to be creative in how we go about our business, to make sure that they are affordable for people who like to ski,” Eynon said.
The Meier Ski Company is based out of Glenwood Springs but it is looking to move closer to the Denver area. To see its products or to order, visit its website.