Look what came into the shop today!.... No big deal, it's just the
first Voilé ski ever made! Pressed sometime around 1994, at the
Evolution Ski company in Salt Lake City. It was first called the Wasatch
Fat, which later became the Tele Surf. It was 185cm tall: 117mm in the
tip, 95mm at the waist and 110mm at the tail. At the time of pressing,
it was on the cutting edge of ski design. It was short, fat, had a bit
of side-cut and was light for it's day (8lbs 11oz per pair). Compared to
our current line up of skis, it would be the narrowest and the heaviest,
but for it's time it was a pretty big deal.
And what's that sitting next
to it, on the right, you ask? Well, that's the first ever split board
taken to SIA tradeshow. Around the same time that the Wasatch Fat was being made,
Voilé was developing and securing patents of the world's first commercially viable splitboard intereface. This Hooger Booger splitty was the one and only splitboard
on the showroom floor, and it's reception was less than warm. We were
laughed at for our foolishness. No one could seem to understand the
desire to have a snowboard that acted as skis. Fortunately for us, Wally
and Cowboy were unfazed by this criticism and continued to pursue their
passion for unadulterated powder.
The word innovation gets tossed around
a lot these days in the winter sports industry, but rarely is it true.
We'd like to think we have two, pretty significant, innovations right
here. What do you think? What were you riding back in 94?
Voile and the Wasatch Powder Keg are excited to announce that not only will they be hosting this year’s North American Ski Mountaineering Championships, but will also be partnering with the Utah Avalanche Center and Outdoor Research to bring the Vertfest to Utah for 2014.
The 12th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held on March 7, 8, and 9 at Brighton Ski Resort. A test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier, the 2014 Powder Keg will once again feature 3 different races, allowing racers to have the option of doing any individual race or all 3 races. The Powder Keg will also be hosting the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships, meaning that each race will crown a North American Champion for each of the 3 races.
The Keg starts off Friday afternoon with the sprint race, the ultimate test of a racer’s speed while climbing (~300 vertical feet). All racers race singly, with the top 12 qualifying for the semi-finals, held ‘ski-cross’ style (6 racers at a time). The top 6 from the semi-finals will compete in the finals to determine the overall winner. With categories for both men and women, head-to-head competition, and the entire race taking place within view of Milly Chalet, the Sprint Race is sure to be a nail biter.
Saturday is the traditional Powder Keg Individual Race. The Elite and Heavy Metal divisions will cover 11 miles with 5 climbs for a little over 6,000’ of punishment, while the Recreational division will cover 6.5 miles with 4 climbs for 3,500’ of vert. Any racer with a ski/binding weight of 1,450g (51 oz.) or less must race the Race division. And of course all divisions will have categories for both men and women.
Sunday will be the Technical Teams Race (teams of 2). The course will have 6 climbs and over 9,000’ of climbing. The highlight of the course will be the fixed ropes climbing up and traversing Mt Millicent. Racers will be required to work as a team to complete the course and incorporate mountaineering skills to ascend and traverse the roped section.
On Friday, food will be available at the Milly Chalet between the Sprint Race and pre-race meeting. A BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle will follow the Saturday and Sunday races at the Milly Chalet. For more details visit www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.
Vertfest is a weekend-long festival of backcountry and sidecountry skiing and riding, combining a ski mountaineering race, backcountry and sidecountry skills clinics, gear demos, music, and celebration of the beyond the rope-line community. Vertfest began in the Cascade Mountains of Washington 7 years ago with the support of Outdoor Research, and has grown into a 3-event tour this year, coming to Alpental, Washington, Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, and Brighton, Utah.
Vertfest will feature
· 2 days of free gear demos
· Half- and full-day clinics on topics such as steep skiing, splitboarding, efficient backcountry travel techniques, mountaineering skills for backcountry riders, ski photography, and avalanche travel and rescue skills
Both days will feature an award ceremony and opportunity drawing, while Saturday will also feature a live bad and outdoor BBQ.
sends house band on whirlwind tour of the West Coast.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH –
From Colorado to New
Valdez, Voilé Manufacturing’s official house band, Salem, is
traveling the west
to promote good vibes, great powder, and Voilé skis, splitboards,
avalanche safety equipment.
Led by lead vocalist
Todd Anders Johnson, Salem will be bringing its original blend of
jazz, and neo-soul to the bars, saloons, and breweries of skis
towns all over
the western U.S. and Canada. Along the way, they will also be
entertaining) several festivals, trade shows, and events,
including the Outdoor
Retailer convention in Salt Lake, SIA convention in Denver, Canuck
Roger’s Pass, and the epic Tailgate Alaska backcountry festival in
With Salem’s help and a
award-winning backcountry skis and splitboards, including the 2014
Choice for the V8 skis, this season promises to be the biggest
ever for Voilé.
Tour dates and locations below. Download the free Voile/Salem
track "Mountains in you"!