Fairweather Ski Works
Wild Alaska Skis!
In a wooden shop at the base of the Chugach mountains in Haines Alaska, Graham builds skis. Built around the values of self-reliance and sustainability, Fairweather Ski Works handcrafts skis and snowboards out of locally harvested Sitka Spruce and birch wood. They take advantage of the plethora of quality wood available to a motivated person with a chainsaw, and source all of the wood for their skis by salvage logging. Once they have the raw material, all of the production all takes place in their shop which mitigates the fuel consumption of shipping and keeps jobs in the Haines community. This sort of small-scale timber harvest and local value-adding production benefits both economies and ecosystems and produces high-quality skis to tackle glaciers, powder days, and everything in-between. Fairweather Ski Works “evolved organically into what it is today because of our love of the wilderness and connection to our environment” and they are continuing to nurture their community and environment by sustainably producing Wild Alaska Skis!
Partnership with Spruce Root
In 2014, Fairweather Ski Works was one of two winners in Spruce Root’s Path to Prosperity business competition and received a $40,000 award. They participated in the annual intensive business Boot Camp weekend and deployed their award funding for technical assistance and consulting services to grow their business.