FEB 01, 2017
The wonders of ski production: in the most environmentally friendly ski factory in the world, in the heart of the Austrian alps, high tech seamlesslymerges with craftmanship.
Cross country skis are the elegant technological wonder from the press and it is here where we reveal what it really takes to get the perfect kick: stable shell, world-class core, and a digital science that consistently pairs the right Redster skis together.
A ski is a ski is a ski, right? Wrong - nobody observing the creation of a Redster cross country ski thinks this way. In Atomic’s Nordic factory in Altenmarkt, there’s a strict attention to detail. Nomex cores, top and bottom chords, exotic reinforcing materials, elements for tip and tail and unique top sheet materials are all painstakingly sorted and made in Austria. And that’s just the beginning. Now the real science begins: How are the skis made?
THE PERFECT FUSION OF HIGHTECH AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
The official job title of "ski manufacturer' is a well-earned and proud title here at Atomic. A single Redster cross country ski requires 80 minutes to create by hand and around 70 to 90 different steps depending on the model. Each of these steps requires 100 percent precision, passion, and an attention to detail that is uniquely Atomic. It is the perfect fusion of high-tech and passionate craftsmanship, solely focused on creating the most important sports equipment in the world…
EIGHT STAGES MAKE COMPONENTS BECOME A WONDER OF TECHNOLOGY
All of the varying elements and production steps that make up a Redster cross country ski finally become a finished product through an eight-stage process. Throughout these stages, the ski manufacturing specialists accompany the ski the entire time ensuring that nothing is out of place. In stage 1, for example, each Nomex core (the special core material chosen for its amazing strength-to-weight ratio), each base (there are 15 different base structures for different snow and gliding requirements) and each structural laminate is hand-selected and precision-cut into its exact, specified length.
PRECISION TO THE MILLIMETER, TEMPERATURE & PRESSURE
In addition to cores being meticulously laid up, the outer top sheet where the graphic is applied is also given the same level of attention with hand-mixed colors applied by means of sublimation print to a special film. Then both the core and top sheet are taken to the ski press where one technician exactly arranges by hand each layer to the precision of tenths of a millimeter. These layers are secured and placed into our custom made press machine. After intense heat and pressure, the ski emerges and undergoes the next round of specification checks. Only when the ski passes these checks will it be transformed into a race model where the sidewalls are trimmed, excesses removed, and the surface hand-finished.
THE COMPUTER MATCHES SINGLES TO DREAM PAIRS
Is the ski ready? Not quite. Next test: final evaluation - YOUR SKI. For each cross-country model, there are exact specifications, depending on the intended use and snow conditions. During ski measuring, 15 different parameters are digitally tested and analyzed through a complex computer software that precisely pairs the skis together. This software matches individual Redster skis to form dream pairs, whose skiing characteristics are perfectly matched together. This in the end ensures that the race models have what cross country skiing is all about: the perfect kick. All Redster race skis are born in the greenest ski factory in the world (Atomic has recently won an award for its ecological and cost-saving heat recovery system) and tested at the first address in winter sports: Atomicstrasse 1 in Altenmarkt, in the heart of the Austrian Alps.