.nylesso you're going to base this "huge" decision on the ultimate one ski quiver on solely american made skis?
For what it is worth, lots of people like to spend their money to support domestically-built products. It isn't like choosing just (North) American made skis is going to leave him with only few options to choose from...
Just a few of the options out there:
ON3P (Portland, OR)
Moment (Reno, NV)
DPS - Pure (SLC)
4frnt - Whiteroom (SLC)
Ramp (Park City)
Libtech (Squim, WA)
Icelantic (Never Summer)
RMU (Never Summer & Utopie (Quebec))
Fatypus (Never Summer)
High Society (Never Summer)
Montana Ski Company (Sneeva)
Batalla (Epic Planks, but now moving factory to TX)
Romp (Crested Butte)
PMgear (Reno, NV)
Deviation (Gresham, OR)
Fortitude (Golden, CO)
All the other companies I've missed...
All made in North America. Obviously the list is varied and includes some very small brands, and I will be the first to admit lots of domestically made brands have a long way to go as far as ski design and construction. That said, there are some very good brands on that list and I know he will be able to find a great, well built, North American made one-ski-quiver without having to consider products made in Europe or Asia.
That isn't to say anything negative about products made in Europe or Asia. Lots of great skis coming from factories on both continents. Just saying there are lots of great skis made in North America these days, so at least in my opinion, I don't think you are missing much by focusing only on domestically made skis.
**This post was edited on May 19th 2014 at 1:21:47pm
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