For more than 75 years, Stöckli’s entire ski manufacturing process has happened exclusively within the company’s own production facility in Malters (Lucerne), Switzerland. While relatively new to the U.S. market, Stöckli skis have helped produced World and Olympic champions.
Stöckli skis are known for performance and quality. It takes 12 days to build a pair of handcrafted Stöckli skis, according to George Couperthwait, the company’s U.S. manager. “Our engineers handle each pair in 63 unique processes, and it takes 25 more steps to properly finish a pair of our skis,” he said.
As a new official supplier, handcrafted Stöckli skis are now available at PSIA-AASI member-specific pricing through the Pro Offers page. Members will need to use their member ID to access the specific pricing. Here, Couperthwait highlights a few of the skis he recommends for professional instructors:
The Laser SC speaks for itself with its reliable behavior and unique hard-snow performance in short- to medium-radius turns. The TFC (Tail Flex Control) technology provides an extra layer of visco in the tail, which allows the tail to release easier in varying turn shapes and conditions. It’s a great tool for all day teaching.
Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177cm
The AX’s race DNA can be felt right away, but a little extra width makes this an all-mountain machine. The new Turtle Shell technology provides adaptive flex torsionally. The more you tip the ski over, the more torsionally rigid it becomes. The AX excels at medium- to long-radius turns.
Lengths: 159, 167, 175, 183cm
Don’t let the 95mm waist width fool you, this Stormrider is the perfect compromise between off-piste and groomed or even icy conditions. Equipped with Powder Rocker for float and ease of turn initiation, and full-carbon TRI-technology inserts in the tip and tail, this ski is torsion-resistant, directionally stable and yet very lightweight. It’s designed to help you put your best foot forward in all types of terrain and snow conditions.
Lengths: 174, 183, 192cm
See more at the PSIA-AASI Pro Offers page.
- Peter Kray