The story of how ski production in Buch came to be
The genesis of the Eberle brothers’ ski company was anything but fast-paced. For their father’s sixtieth birthday, they were on the lookout for a very special gift. But it was only after the party that Marcel Eberle thought of the perfect present: a ski-making course. In the end, however, it was the brothers who travelled to Innsbruck to learn to build skis. The workshop provided them with ample inspiration.
On the ride back, they decided to build their own skis as a business. “The ideas were just flowing in the car back on the way home,” recalls Patrick Eberle. When the Schneiderkopf inn closed its doors and their grandparents retired, the property offered plenty of space to serve as a workshop. If the dream of building skis was ever to come true, the time had come: “There were no more excuses left!” laughs Marcel Eberle. After taking over the inn, everything went like clockwork: reconstruction works began and the machines and materials were delivered soon after. Eventually, the two tinkered with their first ski prototypes and discovered that many of their unusual ideas were not as easy to implement as they had thought. But with practice and “semi-scientific methods,” as Marcel Eberle recalls, the pair designed and produced better and better skis.
After two years of intensive work, they finally opened their very own ski company. The first results are proudly displayed in their workshop. And yet that which is built in this workshop today is miles better than their original designs. The cores of the skis are made from ash or poplar wood, as these two wood types quickly return to their original shapes after stress. The cores are glued and pressed on site – with great attention to detail: “We make sure that the growth rings of the cores are aligned with each other. In addition, the cores of the skis are now made from wood that we chop down ourselves. We, of course, pay attention to the correct phases of the moon for felling and storing the wood,” explains Marcel Eberle, a trained graphic designer. The rest of the materials, such as carbon composite laminate, epoxy, titanal, coverings and edging, are sourced by the brothers from major suppliers. “In terms of the materials, there’s actually not a lot of choice. Globally, skis are a niche product.