FREESKIER MAGAZINE | 07.18.2022

WNDR Alpine launches new SpiralMade Recycled Material

"Instead of going straight to the landfill, SpiralPlate binding inserts are incorporated into WNDR Alpine's all-new Intention 108 better binding retention strength."

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First Look: The WNDR Alpine Intention 108

07.18.2022

In short, they’re using waste from a previous ski to help build a part of a new one, with the goal of reducing the net waste created. It’s a pretty sweet concept, and it reportedly offers greater pull-out strength than the previous maple inserts.

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Preview: WNDR Alpine 2023 Lineup

07.18.2022

The SpiralMade materials show WNDR’s industry-standard commitment to both environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and top-notch engineering that creates some of the industry’s best products.

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WNDR Alpine: Snow Surf Science

07.11.2022

By using their own materials derived from microalgae oil, WNDR Alpine demonstrates how biomanufactured materials, specifically designed for backcountry applications, can deliver improved performance.

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Gear Review: 2022 WNDR Alpine Vital 100

05.22.2022

"I'd recommend this ski to anyone who cherishes the descent and is looking for a winter/spring daily driver, something that performs well in every single condition imaginable."

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03.11.2022

There is no doubt a (false) belief that products made sustainably or ethically are inferior in quality and performance. WNDR Alpine was founded with a healthy awareness for this fact and they made it a goal to flat out disprove it.

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A New shade of green for the outdoor industry: five sustainability projects trending right now

01.28.2022"

Legendary ski shaper Matt Sterbenz and biotech company Checkerspot have masterminded an AlgalTech material, which uses lab-grown microalgae to replace petroleum products in the ski. The result is an all-new, eco-friendly ski construction with remarkable strength-to-weight characteristics."

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Backcountry Brand Welcomes Nick Russell to Team

01.14.2022

"I'm fired up to be joining my teammate Pep Fujas as well as Alex Andrews to work together on innovative products designed for the mountains. Sky’s the limit!"

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Video: Nick Russell Joins WNDR Alpine

01.11.2022

"Well, there's two big pieces of news here. First off, sustainability-focused snowsports brand WNDR Alpine is now making snowboards. Secondly, Nick Russell has made the switch to become WNDR's first snowboard athlete – a perfect mix of shared intentions."

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Nick Russell joins WNDR Alpine

01.12.2022

"He has carved his own path in snowboarding, pushing the boundaries of what's possible while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Nick is conscious about the products he uses and is constantly surfing the Earth in search of another adventure – an adventure in which he'll need quality products with purposeful materials."

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WNDR Alpine: The New Age of Reason

01.04.2022

WNDR Alpine's new film is about more than skiing.

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New Gear for the New Year

12.23.2021

"The Vital 100 works well on New England slopes: The all-mountain ski maneuvers quickly in tight situations, can hold an edge on long arcing turns, and has enough width to handle off-piste conditions."

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Utah company creates skis from algae

11.23.2022

"A Utah-based company is reinventing how skis are made, substituting petroleum products in ski production with an algae-based bioplastic."

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Skiing on algae: How a Utah company wants to eliminate plastic in ski construction

11.22.2021

"Something that could actually make a significant impact is the widespread adoption of algal oils, algal ingredients and algal materials across multiple industries ... with these skis, we're going to inch as close as we can to that, every year."

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Why this Utah brand is using algae to make skis

11.22.2021

"And not only does replacing petroleum with microalgae have benefits for the environment, the team at WNDR Alpine argues that it has benefits for ski quality, too. According to Marshland, petroleum gives ski manufacturers very little control over the structure and functionality of the finished product."

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5-Ski Quiver Selection: Vital 100

11.19.2021

"I love to ski no matter the conditions, and though I always choose steeper terrain above all else, I still love moguls, groomers, slushy spring days, and really any excuse to be on skis. I was impressed by the Vital's downhill performance... it provides a level of stability that inspires confidence, especially in unpredictable or firm backcountry conditions. It’s also a ski that I felt was really easy to maneuver and jump turn with, which is something I am looking for when picking a lightweight touring setup."

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WNDR Rendezvous: Tackling Backcountry Education One Pair of Skis at a Time

11.15.2021

"With the purchase of any pair of WNDR's 2022 skis, you have the option to choose to attend one of three sessions that WNDR hosts throughout the season. All the sessions are located in the finest Utah backcountry terrain in the Wasatch mountains."

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Blister Buyer's Guide: WNDR Alpine Vital 100

11.09.2021

Thanks to its combo of maneuverability and reliable edge hold, the Vital 100 makes for a great 1-ski quiver that you'd use for everything from moderate pow days in tight trees to steep, technical spring lines.

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How the Brand Behind the Algae Skis is Changing Ski Manufacturing for the Better

08.16.2021

A pioneer in ski design, Sterbenz had been playing with ski geometry for years through his innovation as the founder of 4FRNT, but now he was eager to shake up the industry with different materials (which until then, had remained relatively unchanged).

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Emerging Gear: The Reason 120

07.09.2021

"If you think July is too early to be thinking about your winter setup, you'd be wrong."

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Pep Fujas Gives FREESKIER the Exclusive rundown on wNDR Alpine's all-new Powder Ski, the Reason 120

07.08.2021

"On a personal level, my first order of business when I joined WNDR Alpine was to create a 120-mm waisted ski that I could take to Japan and bounce my way through the depths."

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WNDR Alpine Launches New Pow Ski: The Reason 120

07.08.2021

"I skied the 120 and loved it. Very surfy and intuitive. Playful but not extremely light. It felt similar in suspension to the 110 but much looser and more surfy. I really liked that ski."

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Review: 2021 WNDR Alpine Vital 100

04.27.2021


The Vital 100 is clearly a step above when it comes to how well it smooths out the harsh vibration of rough, firm snow conditions.

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WNDR Alpine Builds Skis With Algae

02.17.2021


"When Checkerspot approached me with the ambition to develop modern polyurethane from algal-derived oil inputs, and that we could tune materials specific for the applications, I was like, 'I had no idea that was even possible.'"

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The Vital 100 Wins An ISPO Award and Sustainability Achievement

01.25.2021


The Vital 100 from WNDR Alpine shows what is possible in the ski industry of the future. The backcountry ski is not only light and stable, it also impresses with its very good edge grip.

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WNDR WINS FAST COMPANY INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARD

09.30.2020


Intention 110 ski is the winner of the Fast Company 2020 Innovation by Design Award in the Sports and Recreation category.

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WNDR Alpine’s 20/21 Lineup with Matt Sterbenz, Pep Fujas & Xan Marshland

08.09.2020


Matt, Pe and Xan came to Crested Butte and sat down with us in Blister HQ to fill us in on WNDR Alpine’s new materials.

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The Gear Closet: Bike-to-ski equipment designed to excel on the long haul

07.22.2020


The skis, bikes, bags, trailers, and more relied on during a 16-day, self-supported sufferfest in the Pacific Northwest.

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WNDR Alpine Launches Backcountry Ski With Biomanufactured Performance Material

07.15.2020


Checkerspot has unveiled the Vital 100 ski by its outdoor consumer brand WNDR Alpine featuring Checkerspot’s new Algal Cast and Algal Hard Foam polyurethane materials..

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a vehicle for an innovative, algae-based materials play in the outdoor space

07.15.2020


Matt Sterbenz helped launch WNDR Alpine after nearly 20 years running4FRNT Skis, a first mover in the independent ski movement.

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WNDR Alpine Launches The Vital 100 Backcountry Ski

07.09.2020


Checkerspot, Inc., a materials innovation company, announced today the launch of the Vital 100 ski by its outdoor consumer brand WNDR Alpine.

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WNDR Alpine Bio-Based Ski Materials Are Eliminating Waste From Ski Production

07.08.2020


WNDR Alpine marks first anniversary with enhanced Algal Tech and Vital 100.

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WNDR Alpine Takes a Whole New Approach to Ski Manufacturing

07.08.2020


Introducing Algal Cast, Checkerspot’s next biomanufactured performance material.

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WNDR Alpine Takes a Whole New Approach to Ski Manufacturing

02.15.2020


Matt Sterbenz, the founder of 4FRNT skis and WNDR Alpine, has broken new ground in the world of ski manufacturing.

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Algae Skis — WNDR Intention 110 Ski Review

02.12.2020


Algae composites make a lightweight ski from the future.

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Catching Up With Pep Fujas

02.11.2020


Pep Fujas tells us about the evolution of his involvement with WNDR Alpine, his family trip to Bulgaria and this year’s Japan plans.

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What’s It Like to Ride Skis Made of Algae?

02.11.2020


Last summer, 4FRNT founder Matt Sterbenz flipped the ski manufacturing industry on its head when he announced that he was working on a new backcountry ski made with algae.

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This Company Thinks Algae Will Make Better Skis

02.07.2020


Matt Sterbenz believes his company, WNDR Alpine, may have just made the best ski ever. It happens to be built with algae.

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The Wild World Of Microbe-Made Products – Skis Now Included

01.08.2020


This winter, you can carve the fresh powder of the backcountry on a pair of high-performance, eco-friendly skis designed by world-famous athletes and made from a material produced by microscopic algae.

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Fresh tracks: biotech skis take to the slopes

12.20.2019


What if sustainably derived materials can not only compete with traditional, petroleum-based materials, but actually beat them out? That was the first question Checkerspot founders asked themselves.

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Biotech hits the Backcountry: Checkerspot & WNDR Alpine (Ep.98)

08.26.2019


What does biotech have to do with backcountry skiing? And what does microalgae have to do with skis?

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Are Matt Sterbenz And WNDR Alpine The Future Of Backcountry Skiing?

08.04.2019


Short answer: While there’s a lot of work to do, WNDR Alpine might well be bringing about a serious revolution in the snowsports industry.

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GEAR:30 - WNDR Alpine’s New Skis (Ep.63)

08.30.20194


FRNT Skis founder, Matt Sterbenz, recently launchedWNDR Alpine, a new company that’s incorporating biotech into skis.

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