ELAN - FROM SKI JUMPER TO SKI BUILDER
Long descents were not really one of Rudi Finzgar's special disciplines. Actually, the Slovenian glided down a slope a few meters to take off and end up further down than the competition. With success. In 1941, Finzgar jumped further than anyone else, setting the ski jumping world record, and a little later he devoted himself to the piste. Together with other craftsmen - Finzgar himself was a carpenter - and engineers, he took wood and a little later the group presented their first skis. Again with success. The boards climbed so high on the popularity scale that in 1945 the moment had come to found a whole company.
So Rudi Finzgar launched Elan. What works, could, should, should simply be continued, had to be thought bigger. The brand quickly expanded into the USA, steadily increasing its sales and broadening its field of activity. Kayaks, boats, water skis and badminton rackets were added to skiing, but this never took Elan away from his roots. The company's own founding history developed obligations that Elan's engineers were happy to fulfil. Innovation was in demand. Innovation was born. Especially in the 1990s, when the Slovenian brand was the first ever to introduce carving skis to the market, revolutionizing the sport forever.
SKI MANUFACTURE WITH A SENSE OF TRADITION
"Handmade in Slovenia". Three short words which Elan fills with life in a lasting way. In fact, Elan products are still made today at the factory in Begunje in Slovenia - from the first drawing to the finished ski. The technicians take each component and continue what Rudi Finzgar once started. By the way. Other materials have long since replaced the wood that was once used for the entire ski on edges and sheath. For the core, however, Elan still uses the natural material today. In combination with titanium and metal alloys, this creates a unique product to which the ski makers add the final touch by hand.
Elan articles are largely based on the sandwich construction method, an elaborate yet traditional production method. The individual layers are put together by hand, in order to later be completed into a work of art through the interaction of heat and pressure. Ski tradition, handmade in Slovenia, always with the aim of helping you to have the best possible time in the mountains with the help of high quality, reliable, reliably performing Elan products.
AT A GLANCE
- Foundation Year: 1945
- Company Founder: Rudi Fin?gar
- Company Headquarters: Begunje, Slovenia
- Number Of Employees: 800
- Annual Turnover: around 80 million euros
- Website: elanskis.com/de_de/
- Sports: Wintersports
3 GOOD REASONS FOR ELAN
- Technology: Elan was the first brand ever to develop carving skis.
- In-house Production: Elan articles are produced in the company's own production facility in Slovenia.
- Design: For the development of women's skis, Elan seeks advice from female athletes and technicians.
HIGH-TECH SKIS IN THE ELAN SHOP FROM KELLER SPORTS
Fun on the piste naturally includes the joy of turning. That's why Elan articles have the innovative Arrow technology. A pre-stressed carbon booster plate is attached to the ski, which allows more energy to be transferred to the ends of the boards. A titanium layer in the shape of an arrow allows you to exert sufficient force on the edges of the ski at the same time. With the Amphibio ski model, Elan is also trying something completely new: rocker on the outside, camber on the inside. On the one hand, the premium ski forgives mistakes, makes it easier to change edges and, on the other hand, helps you achieve precision and stability. You can get the Amphibio, general Elan online at Keller Sports. In our Elan Store you will also find skis that are precisely tailored to the needs of women.
ELAN PRODUCTS: TOP ATHLETES AS QUALITY INSPECTORS
"Always good times." Elan incorporates fun into the company philosophy and does not spare any discipline. You can use the Brand's innovative skis for freestyle, freeride or on the piste. As your Elan dealer, Keller Sports has the right equipment for every occasion, for every slope and every snow condition - tested by experts for quality control. Because Elan has built up an illustrious team of top athletes, which Brand not only equips, but also exchanges information with. This includes freeride legend Glen Plake as well as ski-crossers Erik and David Mobarg and ski-crosser Brittany Phelan.
ELANS W STUDIO: EFFECTIVE USE OF FEMALE EXPERTISE
Coincidence or lack of experience have no room whatsoever for Elan Sale when developing new ideas. That is why Brand founded its W Studio, which is exclusively concerned with the construction of innovative women's skis. Weight is saved while at the same time the boards' turning ability is increased - and to make sure that all these ideas really make sense, female skiers and experts meet to perfect design and technology. This is how Elan ensures that women's skis really do fit their rider perfectly.