Custom wooden skis and boards a 'labor of love'

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By Mary Sturgill, KIDK News

JACKSON, Wyo. - Ski season is in full swing and I found a group of guys who may just have the best job in the world.

The guys at Igneous Skis are taking the sport to a whole new level by making wooden skis and not only are the skis beautiful, but their performance is spectacular as well.

"Skis are all made as a pair and this is one of the first steps in the layout process is fitting all the parts together," said Mike Parris, Head Engineer at Igneous Skis.  "Everything is done by hand. The idea is that you fit every part by hand and all the parts fit together really well, they're not likely to come apart."

And believe me these guys really put their skis to the test.

"I get to go out and ski every day on different pairs of skis and see how they perform," said Parris. "Since we're making them by hand and in small quantities, we spare no expense."

Purchasing a set of skis or a snowboard from Igneous Skis will run you around $1,200 and you may have to wait a while because they are custom-made.

The process starts with an interview.

"I'll talk to you about where you ride, how you ride, what you're expecting to get out of a ski.  Everything we make is custom. There's no, like stock, or inventory on hand. Every pair is made for a specific rider," said Parris.

In addition to being completely tailored to the client's style and level of skiing or boarding, each pair of skis or board is made with love and precision.

"Basically taking off any little bit of base, extra base or some of the glue that gets left over," said "Mot" Gatehouse, President of Igneous Skis.

When I asked Parris, "what do you want people to know about Igneous Skis?" he replied, "I'm not sure I want them to know about Igneous Skis."

All joking aside, it is quite a balancing act between work and play.

"Definitely no making money involved - it's really more of a labor of love at this point," said Parris. And if you are a ski bum, you can't beat that life.

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