The question I have is about research and development. I'm sure all companies have this to some extent, but, other than trying different prototypes out on the hill, I doubt some of the smaller companies are making designs that will be licensed out to others. It could be a big risk for a company to stray to far from tried and tested parts of ski design. So, which ski companies have the bigger R&D departments? Are there some companies that don't even make skis, but have a large influence on the industry with patents? I ask this because I'm thinking of applying for a co-op job in this area and I still don't really understand where all this technology comes from. Thanks.
TL;DR Which ski companies have big cutting edge research and development departments? Are there some companies that do R&D, license their technology out, and don't even make skis?