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Handmade perfection from Chilton Skis hopes to break into high-end ski market

December 3, 2017View for printing

George Gaines was a three- or four-times-a-year skier when he decided to rethink the whole recipe of ski design.

A lot of sawdust, a Kickstarter campaign and awards from the University of Montana's Blackstone LaunchPad program later, his Chilton Bitterroot Buttersticks http://chiltonskis.us/ now await their first winter of heavy use.

"The first pair of prototypes is my personal pair," the UM doctoral student and woodworker said. "I've skied that first pair 80,000 vertical feet in five mountain ranges. They don't look that much worse for wear. I think that was a pretty good endorsement for quality durability and ski-ability."

ROB CHANEY rchaney@missoulian.com

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