Crafts // Rabbit on the Roof Skis

Our feature this week came to mind when thinking about Christmas gifting, we popped our feet in the virtual ski boots of the chalet owners we have worked with over the years and thought, ‘what do you buy that alpine loving person who has everything…’ and then we thought, custom skis! How wonderful would that be to commission a local artisan to create your very own pair of handmade skis. So this week, we share with you, Rabbit on the Roof skis. 

Founder of Rabbit on the Roof Skis Peter Steltzner grew up in Sausalito, California. He studied ceramics at the University of San Francisco, and at twenty travelled to Europe and settled in Paris where he worked in different artistic fields including ceramics, photography and mosaics before becoming passionate about wood.

Specialising in furniture making, his enthusiasm and his fascination for wood quickly gained him great experience in design and furniture building. But following his passion for the mountains he set up his Montreuil workshop and started making skis. Today Peter works in Chamonix Praz, Mont Blanc, and it is here he makes his skis, which join beauty, tradition and performance.

Rabbit on the Roof skis are handmade wooden skis made for modern freeriding. They are entirely made by Peter in Chamonix in an old Mill of Les Prez. The choice of the best woods and technical materials are the secret to their balance between beauty and performance. Their idea is to marry tradition with technicality and performance.

Each skis wooden core gives body and heart to the ski, technical fibres such as unidirectional carbon and tri and biaxial fibres are used to regulate tortion and reactivity allowing the wood to express itself and guaranteeing longevity.

The different shapes and sizes of the skis are thought out for both men and women. The flex of the ski must fit their users, their weight, and the way they ski. The flex can be modified for each order. All their skis can be fitted for Telemark and alpine skiing and are designed for various styles of slopes.

Their stability and snow absorption capabilities make the mountain skis magnificent mountain tools, made for all snows and weather.

The skis are finally oiled and waxed which allows the wood to continue to breathe. Each pair has its own story and becomes more beautiful with use. By the time any restoration needs to take place the marks of use can be gently oiled out. To view their full collection of skis click here.

To contact Rabbit on the Roof email:

Route des Praz 
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc 
Tel. +33 (0) 6 64 35 80 93 

Images c/o Rabbit on the Roof

Nicky’s World December 2018