Wood You Ski with Me?

bigmountainA couple weeks ago, I wrote about some – often times, quite literally – killer bi-athletes slash war heroes and their hulking wood skis. On the train this morning, I read about Rønning Ski, a father and son operation out of Skotterud, a small town in eastern Norway that specializes in making skis made entirely of wood from their local forests. ronning-father-son

Using ski presses from the 1960s, Jonas and his father Ulf Rønning (above, pictured) squeeze four different types of wood: ash, beech, birch, and pine into 50 pieces of laminate for each ski.

skiI’ve wanted to learn telemarking for several years. A pair of skis from Rønning might just be the ticket!

ski2All photos c/o Rønning and Monocle


  1. Colby
    February 6, 2009

    Great looking skis. I have also wanted to pick up telemarking for a while as well. I think next year is the year.

  2. plaidout
    February 6, 2009

    Colby, any east coast mtns you think would be the place to learn t-marking?

  3. Blake
    February 7, 2009

    I’m going skiing in Norway this spring. I’ll look out for these on the slopes!

  4. Colby
    February 8, 2009

    I do most of my skiing at Holiday Valley in Ellicotville, NY. Its nothing crazy but they get a decent amount of lake effect snow every year. I see a few people out there on telemarks.

  5. plaidout
    February 8, 2009

    I’ll have to check that out before the snow is gone. Thanks!

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