Within the unique structure of the genuine Finnish skis made at their Heinola plant can be found Koskisen’s thin veneer plywood and air-dried timber.
Peltonen skis have a long and distinguished heritage. Within the unique structure of the genuine Finnish skis made at their Heinola plant can be found Koskisen’s thin veneer plywood and air-dried timber.
Peltonen was started by Toivo Peltonen, a promising young skier, in 1945 in Hartola, southern Finland. During the nearly seven decades since then, it has grown from a one-man shop to an international ski brand with 40 employees.
In the early days Peltonen skis were manually formed from a single piece of wood whereas now the brand-new, mechanised Heinola plant churns them out using patented technology. Wood has stubbornly held its ground as the ski’s core material, despite the development of feather-light foams and other innovations.
– Our wood raw material comes from Koskisen as dried and cut-to-size blanks ready for use. We didn’t build a drying kiln of our own at the new plant, so Koskisen takes care of drying for us. In addition to sawn timber, we also use thin veneer plywood from Koskisen’s Hirvensalmi plant for the honeycomb-structures in our skis, says Jarmo Pilli, Production Manager of the Peltonen ski plant.
In addition to Finland, Koskisen raw materials end up within the final product all over the world, thanks to the global operations of Rapala VMC, Peltonen Ski’s largest co-owner.
– We’re strict about delivery times because if we’re short on any raw material, it will stop the entire production line. Koskisen has done a good job with the deliveries, and we can get extra supplies at short notice, Pilli says.
The core of traditional-style skis for recreational skiers is mainly wood, which is an excellent core material thanks to its workability. Hardly any solid wood is now used in the construction of skating skis. The core of the ski is a light-weight honeycomb structure with sidewalls constructed from thin veneer plywood a few millimeters thick.
More information about the company: www.peltonenski.fi