Steamboat, Colo. – This season, Black Tie Ski Rentals launched a partnership with Meier Skis, a local and sustainable ski manufacturing company. Meier Skis currently are only available at the Black Tie Steamboat location, however the company plans to expand to other branches in the future.
“The guys at Meier are making some great skis with locally sourced materials,” said Prichard. “We’re excited that this partnership allows our customers to try a quality handmade product made right in our backyard.”
Meier Skis is based out of Glenwood Springs, Colo. and is the first ski manufacturer to make use of local aspen groves and recycle pine killed by the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle. Founder Matt Cudmore, a skier with a passion for fine craftsmanship, gave up searching for “the next perfect ski” and decided to build it himself.
“Much like the history of Black Tie, Matt began crafting skis in his garage in 2009,” said Ted Eynon, partner in Meier Skis. “In the past four years, we have successfully grown into a manufacturing facility and retail storefront in Glenwood Springs and now have nine ski models available in eight shops throughout the US, Canada and Europe.” Black Tie Ski Rentals is the only retail and demo location in Steamboat to offer Meier Skis.
Black Tie’s Steamboat location carries six custom Black Tie logo models– four men’s, one women’s and one teen model available for demo at the same price as other premium ski rentals. Of Meier’s handmade ski models, Heritage Tour, Wild Bill, The Doc, Quickdraw, Six Shooter and Big Nose Kate also can be purchased in Steamboat exclusively at Black Tie’s shop in One Steamboat Place plaza.
Whether it is for a beginner or advanced skier, Meier skis are lightweight, versatile and all official selections for the 2014 Skiing Magazine Buyers Guide. Meier Skis also provide a more affordable price point than competitors in the boutique, custom skis category. For example, the Quickdraw is available for approximately $650.
“This partnership between Meier Skis and our Steamboat location is the start of something big,” said Prichard. “We hope to expand the availability of Meier skis at other Black Tie locations in the near future.”
Black Tie cornered the market on ski and snowboard rental delivery when it started in Steamboat, Colo. in 2002. The first to pioneer ski and snowboard rental delivery, Black Tie has grown from operating out of a one-car garage to offering winter sport enthusiasts more than a dozen owner-operated locations in the most popular ski resorts in ski country – making it the largest rental delivery operations in North America.
As vacations get shorter and shorter each year, time is a precious commodity and Black Tie Ski Rentals provides travelers with a convenient, time saving alternative to rental shops. Local experts deliver the rental equipment for custom fittings in the comfort of their private residence.
Black Tie Ski Rentals pioneered the concept of ski/snowboard rental equipment delivery 12 years ago when Prichard and co-founder Joe Sternberg opened their first location in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The company originally operated out of a one-car garage before expanding its operation to 13 locations in North America. Black Tie has grown beyond its flagship location to provide convenient rental delivery service to skiers and snowboards in more than a dozen owner-operated locations at world-class resorts including Mammoth, North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly, Aspen, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Big Sky, Moonlight Basin, Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Whistler Blackcomb.
Black Tie offers a variety of rental packages with equipment provided by some of the most respected names in the industry – K2, Meier, Nordica, Volkl, Dynastar, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, Burton, Armada, and more.
Meier Skis remains a local ski manufacturing company, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Making the best boards that money can buy, Meier Skis uses locally sourced Colorado wood. Each ski is crafted by hand, an original work of art. Meier Handmade Skis is driven by a passion for skiing and the principle of sustainability. Meier’s skis are made from locally grown trees and are sold locally. Founder Matt Cudmore and owner Ted Eynon believe that consumers will embrace a high performance and unique product made in Glenwood Springs over machine-made skis imported from overseas locations such as China.