Dynastar News

Introducing Betony Garner

Betony Garner, British skier based in Chamonix.

Loves: Fun ski adventures with friends, powder, touring and skiing with the girls! 


Betony has been based in Chamonix since January 2013 and lives and breathes skiing. When she is not working she loves heading out into the hills for adventure. She is passionate about the mountains and sharing that passion with others. She loves nothing more than a full day adventure - ideally off piste or a big ski tour which gets the heart rate up. Away from skiing Betony loves trail running, cycling, mountain biking, chatting and food! Especially a mountain coffee with a pain au chocolate...

Skis on: Dynastar Cham Woman 97 or 107 

The journey…of my skis

I love skiing. I love that sensation of speeding down a perfectly groomed piste hearing the edges cutting into the snow or riding powder and the feeling of the skis gently gliding through the snow. But do we ever think about how two planks of wood (well kind of) let us experience these sensations? I know until quite recently I took the engineering that goes into a ski for granted, but after visiting the Dynastar factory in the Chamonix Valley, I got a real insight into how much work and precision goes into making a set of skis.

As I walked into Dynastar HQ, where the entrance is scattered with skis from the last 50 years, I spotted the skis I have had my eye on – the Cham Woman 97 freeride ski. The perfect ski for the powdery winter we are all hoping for. But how is this beautiful looking ski actually made?  

With white coats and safety glasses we entered the factory and I got to witness the journey of ‘my skis’. Over one year, the Dynastar factory produces around 300,000 skis per year and employs 118 people over the summer months. It is huge, bustling and quite mind blowing with hundreds and hundreds of skis everywhere you look, all in different stages of their journeys.

So where do you start? Well seemingly with big rolls of polythylene. The first stage is to cut out the shape of the ski from the polythene (which will be the base of the ski), the same is also done in wood for traditional skis (normally a wood mix using poplar, ash and cedar) or a steel sheet for foam injected skis. It is almost impossible to get one length of wood that is good enough, so two pieces of wood are joined together to make the ski. Quite mind blowing to think this humble basis of a ski allows us to have so much fun.

Whilst this is going on the top sheet is being prepared. Again cut into the correct shape, the top sheet then gets sprayed with ink as many times as is needed to paint on the graphics. Watching ‘my ski’ it was sprayed at least three times with different shades of blue. Then once all the elements of the ski are ready, a big compressor is used to essentially squash down all the pieces and glue them together. And this is also where the injected skis get, well, injected!

From bits and pieces to a fully formed ski the final part the journey is the ‘finishing line’ - my skis get tidied up, waxed, vacuum packed and put on a trolley. And this is all done by machines, but under the watchful eyes of the operatives, many of them who work on the ski hills in the winter. It was really apparent how much passion there was in the Dynastar factory, with a big emphasis on quality control and getting each pair of skis spot on.

The biggest thing I took away from watching the journey of my ski was how much work is involved in making a ski and how many parts there is to the process. I often hear people asking why skis are so expensive. Well after seeing them made I would suggest they really are not expensive, in fact they great value.

And just remember how happy they make you feel when you are ripping it up on the slopes – or in the powder. Now we just need some snow…

Girls to the top update

Girls to the Top are two french mountainers who went meet sportswomen in Asia.

After their trip to India, they just revealed us in exclusivity the teaser about their experience in China where they meet chenese girls who are climbing.

The full movie about their expedition will be released during the Mountain Film festival in Grenoble, France, the 12th of November 2014.

Girls to the top

Girls to the top are two French mountaineers who went to Asia, seeking unknown spots. From China to Nepal, through India, they went meet women who are skiing, mountaineering and climbing. In those countries where the feminine practice of those sports is not common, and even not well received, they met those girls who, despite all opposition, will keep going higher. Let's watch the teaser of their next video.

Aurélien Ducroz is a documentary

Riders in this news :  Aurélien DUCROZ

Aurélien Ducroz will appear on Eurosport Television channel, the film is about a week that he spent with Bixente Lizarazu: A Former French football team player who won the 1998 worldcup. The documentary will be broadcasted next Saturday at 16:30pm.

The last episode of Cham’Lines is on line, you can watch it there: http://www.zapiks.fr/cham-lines-episode-8-glacier.html

In this episode which ends the season, Aurélien picked up Léo Slemett and Christophe Henry, helped by a Chamonix’s guide to discover the “Glacier rond”.

The next season will begin fall 2014!!!

Fractured Fibula : Aurélien Ducroz forced to rest!

Riders in this news :  Aurélien DUCROZ

Aurélien Ducroz announces that he will not be at the start of the Xtreme Verbier on the legendary "Bec des Rosses" on Saturday. During training in Chamonix yesterday, Wednesday, he hit a rock, hidden under the snow and broke his leg. That means no competition for Aurélien, a contest he is very fond of and has won three times and reached the podium five times. 








Early season ending

"I'm obviously hugely disappointed, I’ve been preparing and training a lot these last weeks as we had great conditions in the Mont Blanc mountain range. I challenged myself during my film sessions to be confident to be able to tackle the 500 vertical metres of the 'Bec' in any type of snow conditions. I also had a trip planned on Monday to Narvik in Norway to film sailing and skiing… In short, with the injury I will have to stay still for six weeks, which does not fit my programme at all! However, I'm staying positive, as the fracture line is clean and much easier to heal than a torn ligament. I'll be up and running in no time! And I will continue to plan and prepare for my projects this summer and next winter…"

The winter season came to an end a bit too fast for Aurélien but has till now been filled with many great days on skis! He did no less than eight Cham'lines webisodes, the last one filmed yesterday! Episode 7 and 8 are scheduled to be online April 1st and 15th series, respectively. He has also been working on another webcalled "Chamonix Experience", which will be launched next autumn, as well as several other projects already or soon to be published.




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A busy summer coming up !

On the sailing side of things, Aurélien will turn back to sea on a 31-metre Maxi Multihull. Renowned sailor, Thomas Coville, mentor and godfather of Aurélien's boat "Mini", has invited Aurélien to sail with him in June on Sodebo Ultim (to be launched on April 28th, more info here). Just enough time for Aurélien to heal from his injury and get the sensations of action sport back, this time on the water!

Aurélien's main objective this coming sailing season is the Route du Rhum, with the start scheduled for November 2nd, 2014. Aurélien hopes to find the necessary finance to take on a new (for Aurélien) transatlantic crossing, after the Transat 6.5 in 2011, the Transat Quebec-Saint Malo in 2012 and the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013. The Route du Rhum is a single-handed race and starts at Saint-Malo, in Brittany and finishes at Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. It is a new and big challenge for the skier/skipper, which he will be preparing meticulously together with several experienced sailors.