Next best thing to ski touring? Another factory post today — getting an inside look at where our tech gear comes from. In the case of La Sportiva, nestled at the feet of the Itailian Dolomite along the banks of the Rio Gambis, I gained entry to their brand new Innovation Center. Check it out.
The overarching idea here is that La Sportiva brings their previously disparate prototyping under one roof. Along with that, they moved much of their hand-labor intensive carbon fiber work to their own facility instead of a subcontractor foundry. Goals: better privacy for innovation (it’s said “you can’t keep a secret in Montebelluna, Italy”), and better quality for Stratos Cube carbon boot shells.
(This post is part of my continued, if staggered, reporting from the ISPO trade show and recent trip to the ski touring heartland of Tirol and Sud Tirol. )
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.