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Help us create  4 new UpSki setups for free use and instruction. Ski ascent - powered by the wind on snow.
Help us create 4 new UpSki setups for free use and instruction. Ski ascent - powered by the wind on snow.
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The Dream:

Skiing up mountains… with the same joy and excitement of skiing down them. With the UpSki, we make it happen. Come join us!

Upski at sunset
Upski at sunset

Our Kickstarter Project:

We have started this project for the production of new instructional demo UpSki equipment, so that we can continue sharing the experience with those who wants to try. With your support we will create new UpSkis for your use! We want to allow more people to share in the experience of UpSki.

The UpSki:

An UpSki is a large round chute/sail used for wind powered mountain ascent. With skis or snowboard, we harness the wind for an uphill ride. Powerful enough for exhilarating speed, yet precise and controllable for maneuvering and stopping… the UpSki has been engineered to perfection! The UpSki is designed to keep the user on the ground and deflate/depower instantly for safety.

Weighting only 10 pounds it is packable in a mountaineering rucksack. It can easily be launched or packed in minutes. The UpSki has been designed for use in the backcountry.

UpSkiing: 'riding the wind powered chair lift'
UpSkiing: 'riding the wind powered chair lift'

BaseJumping/Skydiving/Paragliding/speed flying?? NO… those are different sports focused on flying. UpSkiing is about using the wind to ASCEND mountains… in the same way that skiers descend them – with your feet and skiis(or board) on the ground.

UpSkiing with dogs near Mt Bierstadt in Colorado
UpSkiing with dogs near Mt Bierstadt in Colorado

An UpSki Broken Down:

An UpSki package includes:

  • Harness: worn by the user to transmit the UpSki's pull to the user. Includes safety release. 
UpSki Harness
UpSki Harness
  • Control Center: clips to the harness and provides steering and power control. 
UpSki Control Center
UpSki Control Center
  • Lines & Vent System: Joins the control center to the canopy and enables effortless rapid inflation & deflation of the canopy.
Lines and deflation
Lines and deflation
  • Canopy: 18m^2 of projected sail area
UpSki Canopy: Powerful and Controllable
UpSki Canopy: Powerful and Controllable

Production Plan:

The funds generated through kickstarter will be used to pay for the materials and production costs for the instructional UpSki equipment. For each UpSki this includes >50 yards of fabric,>150 yards of cord, hard goods and more. Our dedicated posse of workers, friends, and volunteers will spend more than 40 hours to produce each UpSki.

UpSki Founders: John Stanford, Kevin Passmore, & Phill Huff at UpSki in Carbondale, Colorado
UpSki Founders: John Stanford, Kevin Passmore, & Phill Huff at UpSki in Carbondale, Colorado

All sewing and assembly occurs in our Carbondale, Colorado shop. Hard goods and other specialty items are manufactured or assembled by friends and contractors throughout Colorado and the USA. Base materials such as fabrics predominantly come from mills within the USA.

Testing components for strength
Testing components for strength

We are doing our part to create jobs & manufacturing within the USA.  And we're proud of it!!

Happy UpSkiers!
Happy UpSkiers!

 Reward Notes:

Visit UpSki.com to find out more about our reward offerings.

T-Shirts:  we weren't going to do it... but have been persuaded:  We are getting moisture wicking Poly blend shirts which we love wearing outdoors.  We are enlisting local artist Brian Colley for our T-Shirt print design.  

UpSki Experience:  Yes, just about anyone can do it, but - prior skiing experience and good fitness is preferable. 

Equipment:  We are hard at work to make sure it will all be built & delivered in time!

Bike Products: Our bike bags have become a huge hit!  All are made from strong & rugged nylon 'Ballistic' cloth.  

XtraCycle with UpSki ExtraHuge bags, Framebag, and handlebar bottle holster
XtraCycle with UpSki ExtraHuge bags, Framebag, and handlebar bottle holster
Xtracycle with UpSki bags
Xtracycle with UpSki bags

Please Support Us!!

We have long been believers in sharing the UpSki experience. Ascending snow covered mountains powered by the wind is for real!!  While many of you have dreamed of such an idea... we have poured our blood, sweat, and thread into making it happen.  Help fund this project to build new UpSki equipment allowing you and many others to experience UpSkiing. 

Risks and challenges

It takes courage to follow your dreams…
Our sewing shop is setup and machines are specially adjusted for the production of UpSkis. Materials are either here or on-order, and production is in progress. We’ve spent countless hours over many years testing and field testing our design. We’ve tested UpSkis in the harshest conditions, summited large peaks… and our UpSkis perform amazing!! Small batches of UpSkis have been built each of the last few years. We are confident in our product and manufacturing process.
Challenges of participation: We cannot guarantee snow or wind. Spending time outside in winter is celebration enough… when conditions are right UpSkiing is the icing on the cake!

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FAQ

  • There are dates on the rewards which specify delivery. We started production durning the summer to ensure our work will be complete for the 2013-14 season.

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  • No- we've built and tested many different sizes- and the size we have selected provides the best performance.

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  • No- we have focused our efforts on ski ascent in the backcountry. There are some resorts which allow wind powered activities in bounds- at your local resort you should ask first.
    Crowds & collisions- has never been an issue- rarely do we go to crowded places

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    UpSki sticker and thank you

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    UpSki Shirt - Moisture wicking with graphics by artist Brian Colley.

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    Bicycle Framebag - roll top bag that fits in the frame of standard 17"-21" bike frame. Also functions great as a shoulder bag. Multiple sizes and colors to choose from. Made by UpSki.

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    May 24th - 26th Memorial Weekend 2014
    Indy Pass UpSki experience.
    Come hang out with us at the top of Independence Pass to celebrate UpSkiing and Opening weekend of the pass. Camping and Party: yes!!

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    Floater Days: UpSki Experience locations will vary. Experience the project with its creators. More dates, & locations, will be announced as the season progresses.

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    Bicycle - XtraCycle Bag Set.
    A pair of bags for your XtraCycle... made by UpSki with Love! check them out on our website (UpSki.com)

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    Jan 2nd-3rd 2014 (2days)
    UpSki Experience in Summit County, CO. Experience the project with its creator(s).

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    Bicycle: Xtracycle bag set, Framebag, and set of handlebar bottle holsters... All made in USA by UpSki

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    Bicycle: XtraCycle with touring bags...
    We love bike touring & so will you with this awesome "Wind Mountaineering" branded Xtracycle built with new and previously loved bike components... outfitted with a new Xtracycle, UpSki ExtraHuge bags, frame bag, and handlebar bottle holsters. Fit to ride for commutes and multi-day tours
    You must come pick it up.

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    Special Offer Early Adopter
    New 2013 Explore II UpSki complete package.
    This is a special price for our first backers... don't wait! first delivery and first choice of colors.

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    2nd Special Offer Early Adopter New 2013 Explore II UpSki complete package. This is a special price for our first backers... don't wait!

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    Pledge $7,000 or more About $7,000

    You name it, with in reason & budget - we'll make it happen! First Wind Mountaineering Ascents of world class mountains...there are so many possibilities. The last 2 year's trips to Alaska were amazing... we're looking abroad as well!

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Funding period

- (28 days)