Now Defunct Ski Companies Of the World

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  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 534 Solid Baller
    Call Kris LaPoint, Leza Harrison or "Wild" Bill walker.
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    I have a Hexcel slalom in great condition with the matching headband that I would be interested in selling. The ski has double lace up bindings. It is #245. I also have a Torque SuperComp in great shape with the rigid heel front binding. This is the one with the US flag motif. This is a rare and great ski.
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    I have been collecting skis for some time now and actually built a ski museum in my house. Some of the defuct skis that I have are: Torque, Hedlund and Lund, Churchill, Hexcel, Sea Glider, Vogue, Taperflex, Voit, Wally Burr, Velmar, Apco, Rail, Cut N' Jump, Murdoch, Flecky-Snyder, Carbonworx, Aluma craft, Wiley, Lowell, Western Wood, Northland, Cypress Gardens, Hydro Flite and my oldest are Dolphin Akwa-Skees (1925). I have skied on all of them and I am amazed how the skiers of their era were able to ski so well on them. There is a lot to the history of ski making I hope it will never be lost.
    jimberryhillcustomski
  • briandawsonskisbriandawsonskis Posts: 8 Baller
    The one that comes to mind is Rainbow skis. 50% owner was Tom Murphy. The second was Acme. I only saw one ski come off the production line (aka ULM ski dock) from the ball of hair and it ripped!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 20,471 Administrator
    Lucky no one was hurt on the Acme!
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 20,471 Administrator
    @jgalitz I thought I had a sickness until I read your post. Compared to you I am a normal skier.

    By the way I have an early 70s EP trick ski - still in the plastic with the warranty card and other post card inside. It is leaning on my MasterCraft Pulse in the corner of my office.
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  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 534 Solid Baller
    I remember them all. I do have a pair of Ricky McCormick TrikMasters that have never been drilled for bindings. I have my Mom's jumpers from the late 40's. HydroFlyte Water Sprites with double fins. They are cool. They still have her plates on them. I need to make some new bindings for them. I have my 48 year old Billy Spencer Tournament Bevel Lil' Monster and an aray of MasterCraft slaloms.
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
  • WishWish Posts: 6,009 Mega Baller
    How about K-Glass. Water Ski Hall of Fame has a red one (from a pair) on the wall. Apparently they were the first mass produced fiberglass skis (I could be way off on that). I have a pair of yellow ones. My dad bought them new in early 60s late 50s.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    Kendall made the K-Glass ski and were the first mass produced fiberglass skis. They were known for making plaid graphics. I can't figure out what the thinking was there. The EP trick skis are a great find. It is Torque trick skis from the 70's that were most ahead of their time. The design and shape is still used by companies like D3 for their trick skis. If you look at some of the old designs they were well ahead of their time. The first parabolic skis were first patented in 1925 by Fred Waller who also patented the first concave skis. His original patent even describes how the design works. Amazing considering these were the first patented skis ever.
  • thompjsthompjs Posts: 445 Baller
    I have a pair of the plaid skis.

    I used to use one as a barefoot step off ski. It was really stable at 40 mph - I could just stand on top of the bindings -- no non-skid.

  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 587 Solid Baller
    A little late to this thread, but I still have 3 pairs of Hexcel snow skis. One black with green, one yellow with green, and one the fluorescent orange, green, etc. on black.
    Perpetual Longline Baller. Tyler Ski Club, Tyler, Texas.
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  • WishWish Posts: 6,009 Mega Baller
    Best thing about the K-Glass skies was using them to teach someone how to ski. They did and do not float like corks so the newby skier did not have to fight skies that flopped around while they waited for the rope tightened up.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • fu_manfu_man Posts: 241 Baller
    edited August 2011
    How about Casad? I don't think they are around any more. Also, last summer I was in skiing in the north in Wisconsin and ran across 2 relics.....and skied them. Never heard of them before. 1st was a Hydro-Flite it was a 1950's-ish slalom ski. Pretty much a flat piece of pine with a squared off back and a fin that had to be 6-7 inches deep. The other was a Northland "Warren Witherell" model. At least that one looked a bit more modern.
  • sixballsixball Posts: 134 Baller
    I have a Taperflex In the Garage rafters.
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,015 Baller
    Anyone remember CASAD? They made ropes, trick releases, and accessories.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    fu_man, the hydro-flite you have is a great find. They were made by a company called Hedlund who also made snow skis and Hockey sticks. Here is some information about the company. http://www.nokomisonline.com/hedlundhistory.html The ski is from the 50's and cost $37 at the time. The were great skis for their time. I have the same Northland "Custom" slalom. Northland skis had red painted bottoms and were some of the best tournament skis in the early 60's.
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,388 Mega Baller
    The Northlands were made about 15 miles north of me in LeCenter, Minnesota. I had a Shark followed by a tunnel ski I can't remember the name of."Pro"? Had a beautiful toothpick like inlay. Cracked a bunch of them but they always gave me a new one when I took it back to the factory. Had a pair of trixsters also. Fun memories!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 534 Solid Baller
    JGalitz= It was Kimball. Not Kendall,
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    Sorry, you are right Kimball not kendall. Brain freeze.
  • Phil2360Phil2360 Posts: 367 Baller
  • A_BA_B Posts: 3,554 Mega Baller
    Skunkworks.
    Carbonworks.

    I have a EP X2 with comfort grip, Kidder Pro, EP trick pair, 2 HO Extremes black and green, TRX, chuck sterns wood slalom.

  • 6balls6balls Posts: 3,902 Mega Baller
    I've got an EP GX3 and a pair of 72'' EP jump skis that will give you fiberglass slivers if you try to handle them. All of those have standard adjustable bindings of the day perfect for barefoot step-outs, two ski bomb-outs, or going over the jump (not so much).
    Dave Ross--die purple die
  • skihartskihart Posts: 302 Baller
    I have a pair of Aqua Rite wood tricks in my basement that my dad used to use years ago....also have an old 42 EP wing tip and a 63 Jobe open class that is heavy but still skis well for the kids. Used to be Judy McClintocks ski if I remember correctly. (Whit's aunt I think) I think there is also an O'brien Competitor... 68 probably.......oh ya also have a 30 year old Hydroslide knee board we pull out once in awhile too!
  • blockblock Posts: 133 Baller
    Miss that" Great American " slalom ski. I skied on one for several years. I believe Lucky Skied on one for a while. Maybe late 70's.
    John Seiler
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 231 Baller
    I have my uncle's old Vector Graphite at the lake

    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • jgalitzjgalitz Posts: 6 Baller
    Great Americans are hard to find. Not many were made. I am selling a 40" Carbonworx trick with reflex binding on Ebay. I had the ski custom painted with flames.
  • phntmskiphntmski Posts: 1
    My dad had a nice wood custom made Rail. It's the only one I've ever seen. Don't know how but it got busted up pretty good. Don't know what ever happened to it. Other than that, we all had cypress gardens.
  • sergiomoulatletsergiomoulatlet Posts: 9
    edited May 2012
    the very first ski I saw (from my father) was an italian made called "Lello campione del mondo " with an old Freyre bindings that ajusts itself (become tighter) wile you ski .
    Than I saw the wood and the black Maheraja .
    The La Point skis , they used to be so light colored white and blue prints .Had the same tip as the Master Craft or the HO A1.
    Knew one french brand called Sim's (wood skis very well made)
    Started competing on one Western Wood made of epoxi glass , had a funnel tunel and Mike's autograph.(that my fathers partner gave me, I was old that time , but I felt in love with that ski)
    than went to an EP ProStock made of kevlar.
    Stopped skiing and when I started again , the ski was the 9600 Goode.
    what a difference !!!!
  • bkobko Posts: 25 Baller
    3 defunct brands from Austria (not Australia):
    Kneissl (snowski company produced waterskis in the 60s)
    Tornado (actually a fashion boot manufacturer called Panzl; 70s)
    Pilot (my father and his uncles built skis and bindings in the 50/60s)

  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 581 Baller
    ARC releaseable water ski bindings the first hard shell on the market, I beleive ski tech( reflex) came out a yr or two after the Arc system

    Deano
    jgalitz
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