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Our design philosophies get handed down from each generation of our skis to the next and they all contribute to that special something that sets a 4FRNT ski apart from any other. We make it our mission to lead the industry in innovation through collaboration with our athletes and as a group of passionate individuals to build for you the most dynamic and authentic products.



Hoji W
We found that women were in love with the HOJI in a 179 cm length and we couldn’t keep it in stock. We designed the HOJI W with Reflect TechTM specifically  for women with a more forgiving flex for lighter frames, and contour core to match the natural geometry of a woman’s center of gravity. Plenty of ladies ski big mountain terrain and now they have a legitimate choice to ski big lines.

Price: $760
Dimensions: 129-112-121 @ 179
Sizes: 171, 179, 187cm

Best for: Women’s big-mountain and backcountry



Eric Hjorleifson’s latest masterpiece. Featuring our Reflect TechTM concept, this 102 mm waist shape provides the surfy and buoyant feel of The HOJI and Renegade in powder yet turns ultra quickly with a 23/30M tapered dual radius sidecut for firm conditions. The Raven is powered by tip and tail Carbon laminates wrapped within our revolutionary Hals Semi-Cap Construction and features a top secret dampening layer. After 5 years R&D, we proudly share with you our most refined and technically advanced ski shape.

Price: $835
Dimensions: 120-102-112mm

Best for: Freeride



All-new this year, The Gaucho features Titanal to provide confident edging and mind numbing dampness no matter how fast, firm or choppy the conditions. The Gaucho has a twin sister: The Madonna with Contour Core. With the same shape in shorter sizes and no metal, these siblings ensure a size range to accommodate any skier.

Price: $610
Dimensions:126-100-122mm @ 179 (radius =18m)
Sizes:172, 179, 186

Best for: Ripping groomers and all-mountain terrain.


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Our philosophy is based on the mountain and friendship and we create skis that reflect this. 2CO builds skis designed by skiers for skiers. We make the best skis with the best materials, at the forefront of new styles and designs, skis that meet the needs of skiers while respecting the environment. Our skis are made entirely by hand with a limited production, using natural materials that are highly functional to improve product performance. We know that we would not be here if not for the support of our friends, family and fans. It is for this reason that we give back what we can. Freeride is not just an activity, it is a way of life


With Full rocker, this ski is a magical combination of power and versatility in different snow. With 4mm camber underfoot, it makes a perfect grip while, easy to move at due to rocker, and with great speed stability. De95% powder.

Price: $650
Dimensions: 148/128/132 mm
Length: 186 cm

Best For:  Big powder.


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ZAG SKIS - Pierre Morel Photography

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Always ski outside the box! Our inspiration comes from the mountain, in particular from our great love of backcountry skiing. The Zag philosophy is to share the joys of freeride skiing with as many skiers as possible whether they are experts or ambitious beginners!



Our famous H112 gets slightly larger to bring optimum floatbility. Perfectly balanced and super stable at high speed, once you have mastered the beast there is no limit to your pleasure… A little less rocker, a little more camber: our new H112 is getting more powerful! With a light poplar woodcore, high density ABS sidewall, vulcanized rubber for shock absorption, double progressive tip and tail rockers, high density sintered base, phenol composite under the bindings for more resistance and improved top-sheet quality. 25-meter radius.

Price: $749
Dimensions: 134/106/123 mm @ 188 cm
Lengths: 176, 188, 195 cm

Best For: Freeride for experts and speed addicts!



Discover a whole new balance of camber and rocker for better performance. The ROCK will perform equally well whether you are carving on hardpack or slashing powder that makes it a perfect freeride ski. With a poplar woodcore, multi-axial fiberglass and lightweight dual layer, progressive tip rocker and flat heel rocker, normal camber. High-density sintered base, phenol composite under the bindings for more resistance and improved top-sheet quality. 18-meter radius.

Price: $679
Dimensions:  131/95/117 mm @174
Lengths:  164,174,184 cm

Best For: The perfect combination of comfort and performance.



A brand new ski in our range. With its double rocker, the Z is a genuine all-mountain plaything! Its triaxial fiber combined with its short radius provides the ski with excellent grip. With a super tough laminated poplar core, four layers of fiberglass and a double layer of multi-axial fiber. Tip and tail rocker technology, phenol composite under the bindings for more resistance and improved top-sheet quality. 18-meter radius, 15.5-meter radius.

Price: $679
Dimensions: 176-129-89 @176
Lengths: 176,184

Best For: The all-mountain experience by Zag.


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Völkl began ski production in the Bavarian town of Straubing, Germany in 1923. A rich heritage marked by a tradition of exciting technical innovations has given the company a well-deserved reputation for high quality, great performing products for every corner of the mountain.



The 2014-15 Mantra is fully redesigned, with an early taper in the tip, a new 100mm waist width, and Full Rocker. With a new flex pattern that’s stiffer in the tip and tail, and softer through the mid-body, you get lots of snap and pop out of every turn. With better soft snow performance, more overall forgiveness, and the edge grip you know and love, there’s no doubt this is the best Mantra ever.

Price: $825

Dimensions: 132/100/118 mm
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

Best For: Our most versatile all-mountain freeskiing ski, completely re-designed for 14/15.



The BMT 109 is perhaps the ultimate big-mountain/backcountry ski for North American conditions. With a fullcarbon fiber construction and lightweight multi-layer wood core, it features a Full Rocker design and early taper sidecut, for true big-mountain versatility after a self-powered ascent. Also available are pre-cut, glue-free Vacuum technology climbing skins.

Price: $1275
Dimensions: 134/109/119 mm
Lengths: 166, 176, 186 cm

Best For: Big mountain tours requiring light weight for hiking combined with floaty, drifty turns on the descent.



A new era in women’s all-mountain skis. With early taper in the tip, a wider shape, and Full Rocker, the Aura’s soft snow performance is greatly improved. With two sheets of titanium and a perfectly matched sidecut and flex, hard snow performance is better than ever.

Price: $825
Dimensions: 132/100/118 mm
Lengths: 156, 163, 170 cm

Best For: Women looking for the most versatile all-mountain freeskiing ski.


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The Winter, Spring, and Summer 2014 issues, including the Ski Buyer’s Guide are on the Newsstand now for both iPhone and iPad.

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Independent Skier
noun, [in∙de∙pen∙duh nt  skee-er]
plural: in∙de∙pen∙dent  ski∙ers.

1. An autonomous being or thing that skis.
2. A small, privately owned business devoted to telling stories about skiing.

We believe skiers are skiers. It makes no difference how old they are, what their education level or income is, if they live in the mountains and ski 100-plus days a year, or take one ski trip a year.

Our readers are all over the map. What they care about is high-quality storytelling to fuel their love of their sport and lifestyle anywhere, anytime.

Mission: To provide the highest quality mobile storytelling possible to skiers worldwide, for free. Always fresh, always deep.

We Are:

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- An app that features the highest quality storytelling with the best production values and user experience available.
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- Four issues released throughout the winter of 2014 and one to follow in summer 2014.

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- Another ‘core-brah’ publication.
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Tom Winter  -  Editor, Co-Founder

Tom’s ski journalism background includes positions as the founding editor of the influential skiing title Freeze Magazine, Editor at Large for Freeskier Magazine and a Senior Contributor to Powder Magazine. In addition to his work as a journalist, Tom has created, designed and organized some of the most important freeski events in North America, including the Berthoud Pass Bad Ass Championships, the Colorado Freeride Championships and the New Mexico Extremes, a 4* Freeride World Tour Qualifying event. He’s also acted as a judge for the Freeride World Tour (FWT) at events ranging from Sochi, Russia to Squaw Valley, USA.

Tom’s skiing background includes ski mountaineering descents of Ecuador’s Chimbarazo (6,268 meters) and Cotopaxi (5,897 meters) volcanoes as well as first descents on smaller peaks in North and South America. His writing and photography has been featured in ESPN, Skiing, The Ski Journal and others, and he is a three-time winner of the Howard Hirsch Award for snowsports photography.


Mark Lesh  -  Creative Director, Co-Founder

A geologist by training, Mark is drawn to telling the story of mountains and how we live and play in them. Mark currently art directs, designs, and illustrates for various publications and websites including The Drake, Inspirato, 5280 Magazine, and ActiveJunky.com. He has served as an Art Director and Photo Editor at Skiing Magazine. His work has also appeared in Ski, Powder, and Mountain Magazines.

Mark grew up ski racing in Utah in the early 1980’s as a founding member of the Waterford Ski Team, worked on the Race Crew at Park City Mountain Resort, cooked at the Alta Peruvian Lodge, and taught skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort.

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True to our name, we’re not part of a bigger company or the pet project of a few deep pockets. We’re just a few skiers who love figuring out new ways to tell great stories. We are completely community supported right now through many generous Kickstarter backers and talented contributors.

We cannot do what we do without our community support. We gladly take donations and beer whenever offered and are happy to review your story ideas and media. We’re doing our darnedest to product the highest quality storytelling for mobile devices for free and appreciate your support greatly. Thank you.

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