Some folks think I’m nuts, but I have just as much fun visiting ski touring equipment factories as I do Europe’s historic cities, lakes and mountains (though the ultimate gasthaus might be superior to any of those). The Fritschi plant in Switzerland looks, well, Swiss. Clean and well lit, lots of space. Binding parts everywhere along with specialized assembly machines and jigs, much of the stuff made custom in their own machine shop.
The release checker in video above is important. They run every binding toe through it and record the results. Serial number is stored along with the numbers in a database. We watched several tests and the results were impressively consistent. Way closer than what I recall the DIN/ISO binding standard allows for variation.
In all, a fun visit that inspired a lot of confidence in what Fritschi is doing with tech ‘pintech’ backcountry skiing bindings.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.