Women's mogul skier Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City is taking home the Bronze Medal from the Vancouver Olympics. With her win, another Olympic dream is realized. During her race, Bahrke wore Moment Skis, which are hand-made here in Reno.
Casey Hakansson, owner of Moment Skis, says he started making skis as a hobby. He was proud of his first pair. The top and bottom were black, but otherwise they looked like any other pair of skis on the slopes. Making the second pair, he decided to square off the top giving them a blunt shape and developing a signature that would become identified with his brand.
That unique shape makes them easy to spot at the Olympics, X Games, and other major competitions. The graphics on Moment Skis feature local images like Reno, Tahoe and Donner.
Hakansson walked us through the process that goes into making each ski, starting with the planks of wood, which are bonded to make up the core. They use American made materials whenever possible.
Each ski is shaped for a specific use, like the mogul skis used by Shannon Bahrke. Since the same extensive process goes into every Moment Ski, the ones you buy will be exactly the same as those used by the professionals. The quality of the product has earned Moment a loyal following; nearly doubling their business for each of the six years they’ve been open. Hakansson says next year the company will launch a line of outer wear, and as the company grows they will continue hand-making skis here in Reno.