WNDR Alpine was born out of a need for new materials and better products.
After nearly two decades running my own ski company, one thing became abundantly clear: As product designers, we were being limited by the building blocks available to us from large scale materials suppliers. Go to a supplier, choose from the materials they offer, repeat. Year after year.
I was done baking with the same old ingredients. Looking for a better way, I joined the team at Checkerspot, a 21st Century materials company set on revolutionizing the materials available to product designers. Checkerspot demonstrated a unique ability to use biology and chemistry to design new materials from the ground up for specific uses.
I was amazed at the potential. Not only at the potential to boost product performance by making materials designed for use in a specific product, but to use a renewable resource to make more sustainable materials. We got to work on product development, saw the massive potential for better alpine products, and WNDR Alpine was born.
Our vision is to use biotechnology to make better-performing alpine products, engineered to live up to the rigors of true backcountry explorers. We started by understanding what nature offers that we can use to create new materials that match and exceed petroleum-based options. Our dedicated team of scientists and athletes created a new algae-based composite—from the molecule up—that delivers better performance when integrated into a ski. And we’re just getting started. Our technology platform enables the creation of an array of new materials from nature’s own building blocks that we're using to engineer new bio-fabricated products in the outdoor industry, and beyond. We invite you to tread lightly and charge harder, without compromise.
Welcome to the new aspect.
We all know that the alpine experience is about so much more than the products we make and the peaks we summit. It’s about the people we do it with.
A mix of athletes, guides and industry legends, our crew is an eclectic one.
United by a shared love for the backcountry, we welcome you into the fold.
Aaron Enns - Golden, BC
Adam Connet - Crested Butte, CO
Adam Rosenfeld - Winterpark, CO
Alan Burriss - Alta, UT
Alex Bogner - Whitefish, MT
Augi Fleer - Wasangeles, UT
Austin Grisham - Loveland Pass, CO
Brad McCutcheon - Park City, UT
Brandon Gulstene - Banff, AB
Brian Cruikshank - Canadian Rockies, BC
Bryan Reuer - Washington
Bryan Stack - Wasatch, UT
Caleb Merrill - Wherever it is snowing
Conor Hurley - West Kootenays & Valhallas, BC
Dan Bell - Wasatch, UT
Dan Corn - Tetons, WY
Dan McKay - Bozeman, MT
Daniel Mirkin - Sierras, NV
David Friedlander - Aspen/Snowmass, CO
Eddie Schoen - Mt. Baker & Stevens Pass, WA
Emile Hickson - Meribel, FR & PC, UT
Eric "Bomber" Cade - Bridger Bowl, MT
Gregory Thaczuk - Lake Louise, AB
Hunter Dagnon - Colorado
Jack Stauss - Wasatch Mountains, UT
Jason Badgley - Rockies, CO
Jason Michaelides - Stowe, VT
John Reynolds - Whitefish, MT
Jon Whelan - Revelstoke & Cariboos, BC
Joseph Manship - Cottonwoods, UT
Kent Christensen - Revelstoke, BC
Kyle Toohey - Alta, UT
Matt Bowers - The Never Summer Range, CO
Micah Robin - Big Sky, MT
Nathan Rand - Backwoods, VT
Nathan Trachte - Adirondacks, NY
Nick Praggastis - Alta, Big Sky, Crested Butte
Nick Springstead - Snowmass, CO
Ren Walkenhorst - Cascade Backcountry, OR
Richard Grove - Jackson Hole, WY
Ryan Derochie - Rogers Pass, MT & Tetons, WY
Sam Roberts - Crested Butte Elk Mountains, CO
Shane Fuhrman - Silverton, CO
Stan Metcalfe - Golden, BC
Steve Hunt - Snowbird, UT
Thierry Pomerleau - Switzerland & France
Tom Moxham - Tamarack, ID & BC
Zaman Forootan - Lake Louise, AB
Checkerspot is a 21st Century materials company founded in 2016. Checkerspot's technology unlocks the potential found in Nature, and expands the palette of materials available to product designers. Through our science platform, we empower product designers with purpose-built materials that offer new performance characteristics. In doing so, we enable a more intentional way to design products across industries.