Thursday, August 30, 2007


At Karhu, we work and play in a world of seasons and cycles, waiting for mountain winds to drop colored leaves on the ground and for the wintry wonder that comes soon after. We live in cycles of products and people, of young kids graduating to bigger skis, of new skiers discovering the joy of gliding on snow, of old skiers smiling again at covering long distances with light gear, and of skiers bored with boundaries finding the beauty beyond the lift line.

Snow falls around us once again, and one thing is for certain: our commitment to winter exploration only grows. Across the spectrum from Fitness Touring to Telemark and Alpine Touring, we are making the most innovative, performance-oriented skis for any stage in the cycle of skiing. We are supporting a host of programs that build excitement around winter, from initiatives like Winter Wildlands Alliance’s grassroots wilderness conservation to sponsorship of avalanche centers and an athlete program that fuels the development of our broad range of skis. And once again, we renew our dedication to XCD, the heart of Karhu. XCD is the mountain energy that runs palpably through our brand whenever cold flakes fall from the sky.

Backcountry has been our heritage since Allan Bard, Chris Cox, Dickie Hall, Steve Barnett and Tom Carter became pioneers by simply following their imaginations on Karhu skis into an open white wilderness nearly 30 years ago. The lesson then – that Karhu skis could accomplish a feat like the Redline Traverse at the same time they toured leisurely from your backyard – has never been more relevant. Wherever you head in the mountains, from snow-covered logging roads to rugged, untracked peaks, we will continue to raise the bar of performance and forever explore winter.

Be well and ski well,
The Employees of Karhu

(Karhu ski engineer Eben Sargent surveys the day's options. XCD ski testing, North Cascades, WA. Photo by Graham Gephart.)

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