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  1. #1
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    Whats up with Lithic Skis?

    Anyone skied them?

    https://www.lithicskis.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthaman View Post
    Anyone skied them?

    https://www.lithicskis.com/
    I have a little bit. They are in the same building as where I work. They build a quality product. Used to work for another quality indie company and decided to branch out on their own.

    The owners are skiers first and foremost. The shapes and flexes they offer are what I would say are more on the charger spectrum. No dentist shapes from what I've seen. Have not skied any of their newer layups, but the protos I skied a couple years ago were damp and stable. I'd put their build quality up there with other well respected indie companies that are popular with mags. This years skis look the best yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthaman View Post
    Anyone skied them?

    https://www.lithicskis.com/
    Haven't got on a pair yet but plan to very soon.

    I know Paul and Ty personally and they are good guys doing good work. Immediately upon setting up their shop they have been supporting our local ski areas, donating skis to raffles, and generally producing good stoke.
    Common sense. So rare today in America it's almost like having a superpower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthaman View Post
    Anyone skied them?

    https://www.lithicskis.com/

    Hey there, Im one of the co-owners if Lithic and figured I should probably address your question directly after leavenworth skier made us aware of it.

    Essentially, were in our second year of making Lithic Skis but have been building skis in our space for the last three years. Previously, we were ski builders for Praxis Skis for about 5 years and made thousands of skis for those guys before breaking out on our own. We build with the highest quality materials; handpicked hardwoods, 4001 sintered base material, fully wrapped edges...all the good stuff. We dont particularly like the way carbon skis so we use a different mix of wood in our skis to bring down the weight of our BC layup which drops the weight of each pair by a pound and wont ski all chattery and quickly break, as is the unfortunate nature of carbon skis. Feel free to email me and we can chat more. Ideally well have demos for you try out at Mission Ridge, Stevens, and potentially at our shop if we can find the time to make a few extra pairs.

    Were stoked to grow slowly, make incredible skis, but most importantly ski a whole bunch and works nights until our partners get mad at us.

    Hope all this helps and my apologies if Ive somehow posted a reply incorrectly since this is my first post on these forums.

    Cheers,
    Lithic Skis



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    Quote Originally Posted by steveski View Post
    Haven't got on a pair yet but plan to very soon.

    I know Paul and Ty personally and they are good guys doing good work. Immediately upon setting up their shop they have been supporting our local ski areas, donating skis to raffles, and generally producing good stoke.

    Thanks for the kind words and we'll definitely get you on a pair this winter! Stoked to hear your thoughts on them. Hope you've been skiing a bunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    I have a little bit. They are in the same building as where I work. They build a quality product. Used to work for another quality indie company and decided to branch out on their own.

    The owners are skiers first and foremost. The shapes and flexes they offer are what I would say are more on the charger spectrum. No dentist shapes from what I've seen. Have not skied any of their newer layups, but the protos I skied a couple years ago were damp and stable. I'd put their build quality up there with other well respected indie companies that are popular with mags. This years skis look the best yet.
    Thanks for letting me know about this thread and you're right, we've somewhat toned down how burly we're making our skis considering that not everyone likes skis the way we prefer them. However, we can essentially make whatever we or our customers want. If anyone wants to soften up a particular shape all they need to do is ask. Add a bit more camber to a model, that's easy. There are about 60 people out there on our Joplin 99 model that we designed specifically for the Mission Ridge terrain and they truly dig trenches on a groomer but would double nicely as a great touring setup.

    Hope you get out to mission this weekend...perhaps we'll see ya there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peshastin_proud View Post
    Hey there, I’m one of the co-owners if Lithic and figured I should probably address your question directly after leavenworth skier made us aware of it.

    Essentially, we’re in our second year of making Lithic Skis but have been building skis in our space for the last three years. Previously, we were ski builders for Praxis Skis for about 5 years and made thousands of skis for those guys before breaking out on our own. We build with the highest quality materials; handpicked hardwoods, 4001 sintered base material, fully wrapped edges...all the good stuff. We don’t particularly like the way carbon skis so we use a different mix of wood in our skis to bring down the weight of our BC layup which drops the weight of each pair by a pound and won’t ski all chattery and quickly break, as is the unfortunate nature of carbon skis. Feel free to email me and we can chat more. Ideally we’ll have demos for you try out at Mission Ridge, Stevens, and potentially at our shop if we can find the time to make a few extra pairs.

    We’re stoked to grow slowly, make incredible skis, but most importantly ski a whole bunch and works nights until our partners get mad at us.

    Hope all this helps and my apologies if I’ve somehow posted a reply incorrectly since this is my first post on these forums.

    Cheers,
    Lithic Skis



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    Some Praxis alumni?!? Sounds legit to me. Was taking a look at some of your shapes and they look very interesting. Can you provide some weights for each of your skis? And maybe better side photos of the rocker?

    Glad to see you guys chiming in on TGR. Will get you major street cred around here...

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    I dont have any first hand experience with these skis or their builders, but a (non-skiing) friend of mine whos a rad dude is a childhood friend of Ty and spoke highly of him. So Im pretty sure hes good people. Im been looking forward to making it up to Washington and meeting him/trying these skis out since our mutual friend told me about him a year or so ago.

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    pshastin welcome to TgR! Always happy to have new members, especially folks that bring something positive to the community. hoping for the best in your venture, love the idea of a ‘local’ ski.
    Praxis Rx
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    Alpental Indigenous

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    pshastin welcome to TgR! Always happy to have new members, especially folks that bring something positive to the community. hoping for the best in your venture, love the idea of a local ski.
    They are good dudes, trying to get them housebroken on tgr, I said no polyass and post lots of stoke. Haven't mentioned needing to post a pic of their lady friends tits, figured they find that one on their own.

    I also said come to bbi a.

    I think they are listening.

    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    Praxis Rx
    They might disagree.

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    I have seen some of their skis in Park City. The Protest imitation looks legit. I want a pair

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    Our Praxis pedigree is something we've been debating revealing for awhile now but after seeing how stoked people are on their builds we figured we should let folks know our background. We didn't learn to make skis in a garage; we were literally taught by the best. And, after five years with those guys we just wanted deeper snow and bigger mountains so we broke off on our own. Honestly, our bonds are better that what we were achieving at praxis which translates into a ski that should be the most durable around.

    As far as weights, this is another thing we've debated putting on the site and, full disclosure, it was meant to be added when we retooled our site but have been too busy to add those specs. Essentially, our Cash 110 in a 184 length weighs about 8.5lbs with our inbounds/standard core. That number keeps us a bit lower than perhaps our closest competitor (product-wise, not volume-wise), ON3P, who I'd admit is making great stuff. In fact, they're one of the few independent companies out there who we truly respect for making a quality product and seemingly doing things right. We personally don't like bamboo cores since they tend to be soft and heavy which is a bit of a bad dynamic. This conclusion comes from the fact that we make a bunch of OEM skis for other brands who have asked us to use bamboo core...the weight difference is significant!

    Let me know if any of this helps and if you have a specific ski shape/length in mind we'll gladly weight them for you to get more specific.

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    Yeah, so the Protest was my favorite shape while we were at Praxis thus we were unashamedly inspired for our Guthrie and Arlo shapes. One significant difference, though, is that we've added a slightly tighter turn radius to the program which I really dig. Honestly, our Arlo 116 is probably the best pow ski I've ever been on and when the pow turns to chop, man, they really shine. The tapered tip doesn't get deflected and tends to just float over all that heavy PNW blocky stuff. I love those sticks!

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    Thanks for the kind words...it's a small world indeed and, yeah, we're good people. Please reach out if you're in the area as we'd love to show you the shop but, more importantly, we'd love to go ski with ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    pshastin welcome to TgR! Always happy to have new members, especially folks that bring something positive to the community. hoping for the best in your venture, love the idea of a ‘local’ ski.
    Praxis Rx
    Thanks bud! It took us a minute to figure out how the whole forum thing works but thanks to our mutual buddy, leavenworth skier, we're jazzed to answer questions, bullshit, drink beer and go skiing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    They are good dudes, trying to get them housebroken on tgr, I said no polyass and post lots of stoke. Haven't mentioned needing to post a pic of their lady friends tits, figured they find that one on their own.

    I also said come to bbi a.

    I think they are listening.


    They might disagree.
    Listening, for sure. The Rx is cool but...well, we'll bring something to BBI that will change your mind.

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    I would advise that you bring the red ones to the BBI.

    Maggots love the red ones.
    "Its not the arrow, its the Indian" - M.Pinto

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcrawfo View Post
    I would advise that you bring the red ones to the BBI.

    Maggots love the red ones.
    I'd imagine I'm missing something here but I was hoping to bring the flame-on-the-side-of-a-honda-civic-style ones to BBI. Am I somewhat on track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peshastin_proud View Post
    I'd imagine I'm missing something here but I was hoping to bring the flame-on-the-side-of-a-honda-civic-style ones to BBI. Am I somewhat on track?
    Red are always the best! They're the fastest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopi_Red View Post
    Red are always the best! They're the fastest!
    They'll be red, all of them...so much red

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    Quote Originally Posted by peshastin_proud View Post
    They'll be red, all of them...so much red

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    Welcome to the board.

    You'll be getting a lot of attention here in no time, with your background at Praxis and the props you give to ON3P. Those two brands are held dearly around here and have gained great honor by making outstanding skis for folks who really know how to ski and who expect high performance, durability, and inspired geometry.

    Count me as extremely interested in learning more about your line and your construction methods. Your site doesn't mention the use of fiberglass... do you omit it? What woods comprise your cores?

    I'm pretty firmly sold on the BillyGoat shape for maritime shredding, having spent a solid five seasons on the 191... but they won't last forever and I like trying new shit once in a while. Looks like the Arlo hits the same niche.

    I peeked into your shop once during a visit to Leavenworth Skier's office this summer... perhaps I could meet you and check out your digs at some point if I can haul my ass out there again?

    Let's make some turns this season.

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    Hello there. Lws told me about you guys when I got my tour as well. I'm somewhat of a gear whore. I'll be watching. Hope to meet you guys and try some skis this year.

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    Very interesting.

    I like where this company is going.

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    Big ups to Paul and Ty! Great guys/ great skis/ great to do business with!!!

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