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Stockli. They're all hand made (well 95%) with extremely high quality materials. The 2013 Rotor 84 looks like it going to be the best park ski ever built. Yes, it's probably going to be $1200, but they're the best.
The question was what company makes the best skis, the fact that you don't want to destroy something that costs a lot of money is irrelevant.
Christian Bieri helped design the original Rotor 84, which is what I currently ski on. Yes, my one complaint would be it's too heavy, which is why I was referring to next year's Rotor 84s on which the metal is thinner, and sidewalls and top sheet are more durable while also lighter (they used to use phenol and are switching to an ABS type compound that they've developed themselves), not to mention they will be true twins next season.
Obviously it's just my opinion. If you're number one priority is light weight skis, Stockli definitely isn't for you.
Disregarding the price, I'd never ride a pair of stocklis. The elitist attitude behind the company is enough to drive me away. The fact that they're making a heavy 84mm waisted park ski in 2012 proves that they've spent almost no resources in park ski development. Add in that they don't sponsor any freeskiers or contribute to this sport in any manner that I'm aware of, and you've got an explanation as to why I've never once seen a pair of stockli twin tips in any terrain park.
I understand where you're coming from. Stockli kind of flies under the radar, especially in the US, but they definitely are a cool company that stays rooted to their goal of making high performance skis. Obviously they don't put as many resources into park ski development as race or skiercross skis, but they definitely still listen to the feedback of people skiing their park skis.
These aren't park skis necessarily, but it definitely gives you a sense they're considering every type of skier (including us park rats) when designing a new ski.
Yeah, but honestly it really doesn't matter at all. They could be spending billions of dollars and decades of research on making the best park skis in the history of mankind. As long as they cost $1200 not a single park skier is going to buy them, no matter how good they are.
Now this we agree on and I have expressed this to the owners of Stockli countless times. The best answer that they could give me is their factory doesn't have the ability to make a cheaper ski without outsourcing, which they've done in the past, and don't want to do again. I personally think it's pretty cool that they are willing to try and make the best ski they can when they know it probably won't turn a profit, talk about giving something to the freeskiing community ;)