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.

Ski Length Chart

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.

We monitor the info@peakskis.com email rabidly—during business hours on Montana time.

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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.

Need more help? Email us at info@peakskis.com

“We test Peak Skis, so you don’t have to.”

That’s a guiding principle here at Peak. From phase one prototyping to final production and beyond, we test our skis to make sure they offer the huge performance window we envisioned. The customer is not our guinea pig.

But we also know that every skier is looking for a specific “feel” in a ski, and we support that. If you aren’t happy with the ski you selected (maybe you bought the wrong length or model) you can return it for another model/length—or a full refund.

We’re tempted to call that a “no questions asked” exchange, but in fact we like to ask questions so we get better at what we do.

Here’s the deal: If you receive your new Peak skis in the summer or fall, you have until December 31st of that year to return them for another set of skis or a full refund. (That way you have time to ski on them in December.) If you buy and receive your skis after December 31st, you have 30 days to ski them and decide.

To make this easier, just hold onto that nice box the skis come in and then send us an email at support@peakskis.com and we’ll respond with a return label and notify the carrier to come get them. That’s when we’ll ask some questions, so we can get you on the right skis. Of course, you’ll need to have a shop remove the bindings first. But that’s about five-minute job for a tech.

It’s a pretty easy return—for a product with the dimensions of lumber.

Edge angles and base structures matter. Back in the day (really just 15 years ago) many manufacturers were still applying aggressive stone grind structures (readily visible patterns as seen with the naked eye) and what we call flat (no base bevel) with 90-degree or 89-degree (side edge bevel) tunes to all mountain skis intended for the North American market.

That was misguided. Modern recreational skis feature rocker and flex patterns intended to deliver versatility. They should flow from turn to turn on all manner of snowpacks and terrain. Aggressive “open” structures limit that—the structure grabs at the snow as you enter the turn. So too with the above mentioned edge tune. No bottom edge bevel means that you’re instantly on edge, but in an all mountain setting you want the ski to feel loose until you’re committed to the carve.

With Peak skis, our bases are dead flat—we quality control them—with a modern “fine” or “smooth” structure. That finish makes them easy to turn and compliments our KeyHole Technology™.

As for the edges. All of our skis (every model) come stock with what the industry calls a “1 and a 1.5.” That’s a one-degree base-edge-bevel and a 1.5-degree side-edge-bevel.

That setup gives us the loose feel we want into turns, but still offers strong edging. For most skiers, most of them time, our easy turning base grind and bevel profile is spot on. We (Bode and our testers) tested them to make sure.