Why Y? Stockli Introduces The Y Series. That’s Y! Stockli Rides the Edge, Introducing The Next Generation of True All-Mountain Skis

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The new Y series from Stockli sets the standard in construction, performance, and attitude.

Jay Bowen going deep on the new Y series from Stockli

The Y ski sets a new bar for the “all-mountain” category!

In 1935, Josef Stöckli of Switzerland was producing hand-made skis built of ash, a common wood found in local forests. As Josef refined his ski building craft – demand for his skis spread throughout the region and Stockli skis were born. Now 75 years later, and still Swiss made, Stockli skis are regarded as one of the last truly hand-made skis in production today. With an expert eye for both function and durability while balancing the use of old-school hand-shaping methods and contemporary design technology, Stockli Skis are known the world over for being one of the absolutely best constructed skis available.

With its tradition of innovation and precision, Stockli is proud to introduce the Y Series Ski, a completely new ski for the 2012/13 season. The Y series is for real, a true one ski quiver, that does it all – on and off-piste, and in all conditions. From crud to corn and powder to hard-pack the Y delivers comfort on the groomers and skis with precision and rapid response on the hard pack at speed. It has the true feel of dampness and unwavering hold that Stockli has built its reputation on.

The graphics for the line are truly Euro with the argyle look being used in Formula One Racing as well as elite cycling worldwide, giving the Y Series a unique and classic look that is only fitting for Stockli – and in contrast to the guns, weapons, gore, and urban imagery in graphics flooding the market. Argyle is the “new class of White and Black” in one tester’s words, and on the snow with a binding, there is no question about it, this is a Stockli in every sense of the word with the distinguished look that is properly reserved for a premium, specialty ski.

The Y Series is meticulously shaped with a broad shovel and early rise that combine with a narrow waste and traditional tail that translate into an experience second to none in the ease department while allowing for incredible front side carving ability. The flotation of the broad, early rise shovel allows the rider to float effortlessly in powder while truly skiing it - not surfing or smearing the snow.

Jay Bowen, Director of Sales for Stockli Ski USA, commented that, "In spring testing, the Y skis were amazing in the corn and crud, skiing with a damp smoothness through anything in its way. The side cut allows for true hold into, throughout, and in the finish of the turn, with a quick rolling responsiveness into the next turn. The early rise along with the broad shovel deflects the snow off to the side, without plowing it, giving the skier a smooth, comfortable ride at any speed. If I were going on a month long ski trip and facing every snow condition possible and could only bring one ski, it would be the Y ski. East or west, north or south, New England hard pack (“packed powder”), or Western cold smoke, the Y is the all-rounder ski, hands down. It delivers you down the mountain on cloud nine with guaranteed face shots!"

With significant on-mountain testing this year, Stockli testers raved about the Y’s responsiveness in the bumps, being “supple and quick turn to turn, a rhythmic yet agressive ski that takes everything you want to give it and asks for more,” said Tom Gabrielse, PSIA instructor at Winter Park, Colorado and owner of the Snowcrest Ski Center. One of the first to take the ski to task in North America, he continued, "I will look no further for my one ski quiver! We put the new Stockli Y 85 through the paces of varying snow conditions at Snowbird, UT during the PSIA National Academy in late April. Conditions ranged from dry, deep powder at the top to manky glop at the bottom. The ski devoured it all. Floating effortlessly in the powder and dancing through the bumps, it displayed quickness in all conditions.... High speed G.S. turns on the groomed? Take it in a NASTAR course if you want! Off the groomed or on, this ski will inspire confidence for all abilities from advanced intermediate to all-mountain experts. This ski sets a new bar for the “all-mountain” category!"

The Y series is comprised of 2 models, the Y 77 and the Y 85. Daniel Burgess President of Stockli Ski USA stated, "With the outstanding feedback from the on-mountain testing we could not be more excited about the addition of the Y series to the Stockli product line for the 2012/13 season."

The construction of both the Y models is the same - all Stockli - 100% hand made in Malters, Switzerland, by ski craftsmen who under go a 4 year apprenticeship prior to proper employment in production at the factory. The Y 77 is produced in 3 lengths- 167cm with a 12.4 meter radius, 176 cm with a 14 meter radius, and 185 cm with a 15.6 meter radius. The model’s footprint is the same on all 3 lengths - 134 mm / 77 mm / 107 mm. The Y 85 is also produced in 3 lengths – 168 cm with a 13.8 meter radius, 177 cm with a 15.6 meter radius, and 186 cm with a 17.5 meter radius.

The “sandwich construction” layers are the same in both models: 3D diamond shaped sublimated "mesh" polyamide top sheet over layers of fiberglass, titanal binding support, wood and laminated fiberglass “combi core”, more titanal, and fiberglass. Per Stockli protocol, the ski is finished with its racing graphite (with a transparent split) base – the same base on Tina Maze’s World Cup skis (and every pair of Stocklis), and a “Swiss Precision” factory tune.

For more information on Stockli and all of the products that the company offers please visit http://www.stockli.com.

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