Need To Know
“Shrink it and pink it.” A lot of folks will take issue with it, but that’s our take on the degree of “design” behind most women’s-specific skis. Throw in “dumbed down.” The typical accommodation when building women’s skis is to remove the metal laminates—as if women don’t want stability and edge-hold.
Skis don’t care what gender you are. Thanks to KeyHole Technology™ and careful testing of each length during R&D, Peak skis are tuned for both ease of use and higher g-forces—no matter the user. Bode once gave his best skis to Lyndsey Vonn for exactly that reason.
We call this the “fallacy of the one-ski quiver.”
The ski industry likes to claim that one ski can do everything. It’s not true.
Our advice? The first Peak model you buy needs to serve your needs 80 percent of the time. Then you should round out your quiver based on desires: deep powder (Peak 110), endless groomers (Peak 88), or in the case of our Peak SC skis, backcountry and hike-to terrain.
That said, if you’re looking for our most versatile skis, start with the Peak 98 and Peak 104. Depending on where you live, those are our “80 percent of the time” skis.
Lightweight. Never too light.
That’s a guiding principle at Peak.
Skis that are too lightweight deflect off chunks, skitter at cruising speeds, and demand nervous piloting. That crushes confidence. We stop shaving grams before performance suffers. We’ll post ski weights when the final production skis arrive. They’re plenty light. But in skiing, mass matters.
With great skis, turn radius—the arc a ski will make based on the geometry of the sidecut—is just a suggestion. On Peak skis, the skier gets to decide how big or short of a turn to make. We will never design a ski that wants to lock into only one turn shape.
While KeyHole Technology™ lets us elongate the radius by multiple meters “on paper,” in reality, our skis execute easy short-swing turns too. But when you take them off-trail in powder, crust, and crud, there’s less of that “hooky” hourglass shaping that wants to turn when you don’t.
Our Peak by Bode Miller line of skis is designed and tested in Montana and built in Slovenia.
We will begin engineering and building Montana-made Peak DG (Development Group) skis in September of 2022 with sales to follow.
Watch this short video to see what’s under the hood.
Having a hard time deciding on ski length? Trust us, we get it. Even pro skiers struggle to choose. It’s not as simple as buying a new pair of shoes. Use this chart as a guide, but don’t discount what you already know: If you’re happy on your current length of ski, you’ll be happy on a similar length from Peak—if not happier. We design a more balanced feel with an emphasis on maneuverability into each model and length.
Also don’t sweat the minutia. Variations in length of five centimeters or less don’t really matter that much.
So, when should you go up or down a size? If you find yourself skiing faster in more open terrain and feel like you need more stability, a slightly longer ski might be the call. If you find yourself skiing slower in trees or bumps, or just like making quick turns, a slightly shorter ski might be the ticket. Be prudent, though. Don’t jump two sizes.
Blissfully, skiing isn’t completely homogenized yet. Skiers and mountains, snowpacks and terrain, lift serviced or touring—it’s a big subjective world out there. Ski length is part of that subjectivity. If you need to bounce some ideas off someone who really wants to make sure that you’re thrilled with the length you’re buying, email us or give us a call. We are here to help. We’re skiers, but we aren’t elitists.
Peak is a direct-to-consumer ski company. This website is our only storefront.
Beginning in autumn, 2022, you can visit us and our showroom in Bozeman, Montana.
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Bode is Peak Ski Company’s Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer. He leads the product team.
Peak Skis are shipped flat (no bindings). The logistics of having Peak mount bindings would add unnecessary shipping costs to the process. (To do it safely, we’d need you to ship both boots for the mounting and binding testing.) Find a quality specialty ski shop in your area for the mounting.
As for which brand and model to consider, Bode and the product team are fans of the Look Pivot family of bindings, chiefly because the Pivots interrupt the natural flex of our skis less than other models.
That said, if you have loyalty to a major binding manufacturer or model, their two-piece offerings (no plates or systems) work great on our skis. (We tested them.)
When you head to the shop remember to bring both boots and point out the sticker on the skis with mounting instructions.
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All Peak skis are symmetrical and interchangeable—meaning no dedicated left and right skis here. Even our asymmetrical graphics were designed to look good on either foot.
But, and this is an important point if you care about tuning (and you should), it’s always wise to take a mental note of which skis are on which feet.
Here’s why: As we ski, our inside edges handle the majority of pressure. On rock-hard snow, they get dull sooner. On just plain rocky snow, they get dinged up quicker.
That’s when an attentive skier will swap left and right skis to put those fresh outside edges on the inside and get a bit more edge bite in between ski tunes.
As a handy visual clue in service of that goal, graphically speaking, Bode’s signature is on the right ski.
Yes! While shipping in the U.S. and Canada is free, Peak also offers global shipping direct to consumers. This function, which calculates all duties, fees, and shipping charges, will go live with our new website in September of 2022. Look for the option at checkout.
Ski weights vary by about 10 to 20 grams pair to pair for all companies, so when an honest brand lists ski weight they’re doing so based on an average of about 10 skis—not just a light pair of 168s.
We don’t have all of our final production models in hand, so we can’t do that—yet.
Rest assured that we will list the average weight of every model and length. But be sure to check out “Does ski weight really matter?” above.
Yes and no. Peak does not build custom skis, nor do we place much value on that concept—although we might do custom graphics in the future.
But we’re always open to ideas for new ski designs. That’s perhaps the biggest reason why we’re a direct-to-consumer business. We want to hear from you.
Think you have some ideas to contribute? Stay tuned to our upcoming newsletter and blog for a chance to join the Peak community.
Peak has no immediate plans to build race skis. But Bode being Bode, we do have some long simmering ideas about how to level the playing field and deliver more consistent race skis to the junior market.
There’s no timeline for that. It’s a seed of an idea inside a kernel of an idea inside a warm tortilla of an idea.
Peak will be around for awhile.
The short answer is that you don’t need to. Bring your unmounted skis to a local specialty ski shop with a strong reputation for service, tell them which binding you want, and they’ll take care of the brake width.
But, if you’re shopping online and need some guidance, here goes:
Brake width loosely matches up with the waist width of the ski. With Peak, waist widths are easy to figure because they’re also our model names. The Peak 88 is 88mm at the waist (underfoot), the 98 is 98mm at the waist and so on.
Most binding manufacturers will list a brake width range on their bindings. For example 85mm to 95mm. That clearly would be the best option for our Peak 88, but ski brakes are a bit fungible. That 95mm brake will almost certainly work just dandy on our Peak 98 too. It’s three millimeters we’re talking about and binding techs always tweak brakes to fit.
When in doubt, leave yourself some extra brake width, but don’t go crazy. Never buy a brake that’s more than 15mm wider than the waist of the ski. If your brakes are too wide, you risk hooking them together or catching them in your ski pants and suffering a silly crash.
If you live in southwest Montana or plan on visiting, we’d be psyched to see you at the shop. In fact, we’re outfitting a showroom for just that reason.
We’ll post the store hours once it’s staffed up. But if you’d like to pick up your skis in person, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll set up a time.