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High-Performance Skis made with superior materials, innovative designs and beautiful art handcrafted in Lake Tahoe, California.
High-Performance Skis made with superior materials, innovative designs and beautiful art handcrafted in Lake Tahoe, California.
90 backers pledged $24,676 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

We want to show YOU that the best skis in the world are made right here in the USA.

*Don't forget to check out the Prototype Gallery for shots and vids of our manufacturing process and up-close ski shots.

Slant Skis was founded in Lake Tahoe, California in 2007. We are 100% skier owned and operated and ski quality and enjoyability are our top priorities. We love what we do and it shows. Our factory is located on the Truckee River in the Lake Tahoe basin, surrounded by our favorite mountains.

Slant Skis are more sustainable, because we utilize renewable and natural materials. They are lighter-weight because we include stronger, thinner and more innovative ingredients. Our unique designs are more progressive because we take input from professional athletes and everyday skiers. Plus, our art is made by unique artists from across the country with designs created for skis from the beginning. 

Hold our skis, see our skis and ski on our skis and you’ll understand why Slant is different from anything you’ve experienced before.

Skis on Display at the Factory
Skis on Display at the Factory

We are asking for YOUR help! We need to update our tuning and manufacturing equipment so we can make our ski-building process more efficient. Our current ski tuning machines are quite old. Although they leave a great finish, they are slow and time consuming to operate.

We use 2 main machines to finish and tune our skis. A belt/stone-grinding machine and a separate edge sharpening/polishing machine.

Base Grinding
Base Grinding

If we meet our initial funding goal of $20,000, we will be able to update our Stone and Base Grinding machine. This will help us tune our skis faster and achieve a superior base finish, further improving our quality. 

Sharpening Side Edges
Sharpening Side Edges

If we meet our 2nd-tier goal of $40,000, then we will be able to update our ski edge sharpening machine. This will make our edge sharpening process not only faster, but also improve the quality of our finished product. Currently we tune ski edges one edge-face at a time. With a new machine we would be able to tune all 4 edge faces at once! This would be a huge time saver!

If we meet our 3rd-tier goal of $60,000, then we will be able to move to a larger factory. This will help us an incredible amount! We will be able to have dedicated locations for all of our machines so we won't have to drag them around our shop to create enough space to work. 

If we beat our funding goal we will be able to hire more employees to help us build skis creating more jobs in our community. Everyone wins!

We are asking for YOUR support in the form of a contribution to our project. In exchange, we are offering many rewards. Please share this project and contribute to our small, US business today. 

Thank you very much for your support. 

Our Rewards:

Sticker Pack: Get a multipack of diverse stickers from Slant!

Hazen Creating Stickers
Hazen Creating Stickers

 

Custom Mouse Pads
Custom Mouse Pads

These are thick, high-quality mouse pads sublimated in our factory.  

Can Coolers
Can Coolers

You will be able to keep your drinks cool and your hands dry with these sweet drink coolers. You'll also be able to choose between different artwork. 

These High-Quality Shirts Don't Shrink
These High-Quality Shirts Don't Shrink

 Wear your support everywhere with these ski art inspired shirts. Sublimated with the same bright, fade-proof ink as our ski topsheets. Don't miss out on these quality T's! Available in all Men's and Women's sizes. 

Custom Sublimated Solar Gaiters
Custom Sublimated Solar Gaiters

Our Custom Slant Skis Gaiters are a multi-functional performance accessory that can be worn at least six different ways. Gaiters measure 9.5” x 18” and are made of 100% Solar Fabric that is seamed with hemmed edges, breathable, and includes moisture-wicking technology in addition to up to UPF +50 solar protection from UV-rays. Keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat!   

 Grab one of our Custom Slant Stencils and tag our logo anywhere! 

Slant Skis Bamboo Brand Plaque
Slant Skis Bamboo Brand Plaque

Show your support with class and pick up this CNC milled bamboo plaque. 

 

Pick up this laser-etched Three Dot Beatblock. Made with excess core material by our friends at Tyde Music. This acoustic amplifier enriches and deepens the sound for your iPhone or smartphone, without a battery or electric plug. 

 Love the ski art, but aren't a skier? Pick any of our 50+ topsheet designs to display anyway you like. You pick the art, available in Bamboo or Poly. 

Slant Skis 2018 Women's Ski Rewards:

172cm, 167cm, 157cm, 147cm - click for more specs
172cm, 167cm, 157cm, 147cm - click for more specs

 

172cm, 162cm, 152cm - click for more specs
172cm, 162cm, 152cm - click for more specs

 

174cm, 164cm, 154cm - click for more specs
174cm, 164cm, 154cm - click for more specs

 

 Slant Skis 2018 Men's Ski Rewards: 

186cm, 181cm, 171cm, 161cm, 151cm - click for more specs
186cm, 181cm, 171cm, 161cm, 151cm - click for more specs

 

192cm, 182cm, 172cm, 162cm - click for more specs
192cm, 182cm, 172cm, 162cm - click for more specs

 

193cm, 183cm, 173cm, 163cm - click for more specs
193cm, 183cm, 173cm, 163cm - click for more specs

 

                  
190cm, 180cm, 170cm, 160cm - click for more specs
190cm, 180cm, 170cm, 160cm - click for more specs

 

195cm, 185cm, 175cm, 165cm - click for more specs
195cm, 185cm, 175cm, 165cm - click for more specs

 

196cm, 186cm, 176cm, 166cm - click for more specs
196cm, 186cm, 176cm, 166cm - click for more specs

 

 

If you choose a custom art reward you can pick art from the Skis above or pick from any of these designs:

Custom Art Group A
Custom Art Group A

 

Custom Art Group B
Custom Art Group B

 

Custom Art Group C
Custom Art Group C

 

Custom Art Group D
Custom Art Group D

 

 Thank you for supporting U.S. manufacturing! 

Risks and challenges

We have been manufacturing skis for 10 years now, so we've experienced firsthand many of the unique challenges building skis presents. We've messed up skis in almost every way possible and had nearly every machine break down at the worst possible time. We've learned that from every mistake comes an opportunity to adjust and prevent the same mistake from happening again.
Often, the biggest challenge is meeting a deadline. Sometimes delays are unpreventable, however, we have planned enough time for each reward to be delivered on schedule. We have also set appropriate quantity limits for the rewards we are offering.
We are excited to exceed your expectations in every facet of your interaction with our project. Thank you for your support!

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    A Personal Thank You!

    We are grateful for every contribution!
    Receive a handwritten thank you note from Slant Skis.
    Free shipping!

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    Sticker Pack & A Personal Thank you!

    Slant Skis sticker pack + receive a handwritten thank you note from Slant Skis.
    Free US Shipping!

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    Custom Slant Skis Mouse Pad

    A Custom Slant Skis Mouse Pad of your choice. Super thick!
    Free US shipping!

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    Can Coolers & Sticker Pack

    Custom Slant Skis insulating can coolers for you and a friend to keep your drinks cold and your hands dry + a Slant Skis sticker pack. Choose your cooler designs when the project is funded.
    Works with most 12oz (355ml) cans or bottles.
    Free US Shipping!
    Made in USA

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    Custom Solar Gaiter & Sticker Pack

    A custom Slant Skis bandana + Slant Skis sticker pack. You choose the bandana design after the project is funded.
    Free US shipping!
    Made in USA

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    Slant T-shirt & Sticker Pack

    Ski art inspired T-shirts are available in Men's and Women's. You will get to choose your size and favorite art. These quality shirts are true to size and will not shrink.

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    • Slant Skis Sticker Pack
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    Slant Skis Stencil

    Show your support and spray or trace our logo anywhere! We mill these stencils on the same CNC machine that mills our ski cores and bases. Also includes a Sticker Pack. A fun and unique reward!
    Made in USA.

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    Slant Skis Bamboo Brand Plaque

    Show your support and display our logo with class! This natural bamboo plaque is milled on our CNC machine and made from excess ski core material. We'll also include a Sticker Pack. A fun and unique reward!
    Made in USA.

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    Neck Gaiter + Drink Coolers + Stickers

    Show your support with a custom Slant Skis Bandana + Slant Drink Coolers + Slant Sticker Pack.
    Made in USA.

    Includes:
    • Custom Slant Skis Neck Gaiter
    • Custom Slant Skis Drink Cooler
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    Three Dot Beat Block

    Play your favorite tunes and display our logo on this awesome Three Dot Beat Block! The Beat Block naturally amplifies and enriches the sound from your smartphone! Made of wood and natural bamboo from excess Slant Ski core materials. Made for Slant by the talented folks at Tyde Music. Fits most smartphones including iPhones 4,5,6,6+, and ipad mini. An enjoyable and unique reward!
    Made in USA.

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    Private Slant Factory Tour + Bonus Gift

    You and up to 3 friends get a private tour of the Slant Skis factory located in Tahoe City, California. Plus each guest receives a hand-delivered sticker pack and a schwag bonus of their choice. Sweet!
    Available anytime by appointment during the 2017/2018 ski season.
    Transferable as a gift.

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    • Surprise Schwag Bonus Gift
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    Demo any pair of Slant Skis for a day!

    Demo any pair of skis we make. Available during the 2017/2018 ski season at our Tahoe City, California factory.
    Transferable as a gift.

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    High-Performance Factory Tune

    Have the pros at the Slant factory dial in your gear! (any brand) Just bring your skis (or snowboard) into our factory or ship them. We will even include base repair at no extra cost!

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    Demo any 2 pairs of Slant Skis!

    Demo any 2 pairs of skis we make during the 2017/2018 ski season. Take any 2 pairs to the mountain to find your favorite! Try them 2 different days or both on the same day. Even share your reward with a friend.
    Transferable as a gift.

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    Slant Skis Topsheet Art Piece

    Get a beautiful piece of ski art to hang on your wall or display anyway you choose. Pick any ski art design out of over 50 to choose from. We'll sublimate the art on an actual ski topsheet just for you! Approx 180cm x 33cm (13" x 70")
    Made in USA.

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    HUGE SCHWAG PACK!

    ALL THE SCHWAG! Show your support with 2 Custom Slant Skis Gaiters + Slant Drink Coolers + Slant Stencil or Bamboo Brand Plaque + Slant Sticker Pack
    The best value for the most goodies!

    Includes:
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    • Custom Slant Skis Drink Cooler
    • Slant Skis CNC Milled Stencil
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    $200 Slant Skis Gift Card

    Get $200 off any pair of regular priced Slant Skis. Does not expire. Transferable.

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    Demo any 3 pairs of Slant Skis!

    Demo any 3 pairs of skis we make during the 2017/2018 ski season. Take any 3 pairs to the mountain to find your favorite! Try them 3 different days or all at once. Even share your reward with a friend or 2. Transferable as a gift.

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    2 Slant Skis Topsheet Art Pieces

    Get 2 beautiful pieces of ski art to hang on your wall or display anyway you choose. Pick any ski art designs out of over 50 to choose from. Buy two for you or share one with a friend.
    We'll sublimate the art on real ski topsheets just for you! Each piece is approx 180cm x 33cm (13" x 70")
    Made in USA.

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    Any pair of 2018 Slant Skis

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    Pick any pair of 2018 Slant Skis! Any model in any size! Up to 47% off retail depending on the model you choose! What a deal!

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    Any pair of 2018 Slant Skis

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    Pick any pair of 2018 Slant Skis! Any model in any size! Up to 42% off retail depending on the model you choose! What a deal!

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    Slant Skis - Shreddy Betty

    Any size 2018 Shreddy Betty Skis. (Retail $749) Designed by women for women. Made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Nopro

    Any size 2018 NoPro Skis. (Retail $749) Designed by women for women and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Blur

    Any size 2018 Slant Blur. (Retail $749) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Getit

    Any size 2018 Getit Skis. (Retail $799) Designed by women for women and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Hindsight

    Any size 2018 Slant Hindsight. (Retail $849) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Blaze

    Any size 2018 Slant Blaze. (Retail $899) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Diplomat

    Any size 2018 Slant Diplomat. (Retail $899) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Ambush

    Any size 2018 Slant Ambush. (Retail $899) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Slant Skis - Cornelious

    Any size 2018 Slant Cornelious. (Retail $949) Designed and made in the USA.

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    Any 2018 Slant Skis With Custom Topsheet

    Pick any 2018 ski model and add your own art design or pick from one of our 50+ available art designs. Usually we charge $200 over retail for this custom option.
    Truly a one-of-a-kind reward!

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    Any 2 pairs of 2018 Slant Skis

    Pick any 2 pairs of 2018 ski models in any size, which is up to 40% off retail depending on the models you choose! What a deal!

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    Build your own Slant Skis

    Build your own pair of Slant Skis alongside the Slant crew in our factory in Tahoe City, California. You can be as hands on or hands off as you want. Pick which model and choose whatever art you desire. About a 1 day project. Transferable as a gift.

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    Build 2 pairs of skis

    You and a friend build your own pairs of Slant Skis alongside the Slant crew. You can be as hands on or hands off as you want. Pick any model and any art you want. You can also build 2 pairs for yourself. Transferable as a gift.

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    Build your own Custom Skis

    Build your own custom pair of Slant Skis along side the Slant crew at our factory in Tahoe City, California. You can be as hands on or hands off as you want. We help you design the skis of your dreams. You design the shape, choose the art, decide which materials and anything you can imagine that goes into building a pair of skis.
    Transferable as a gift.

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Funding period

- (30 days)