New Technology Reduces Ski Weight and Replaces Fiberglass with
Volcanic Basalt Fibers
AUBURN, N.H. — November 29, 2010 — Fischer Skis announced today it has
launched the first Nordic skis with a natural basalt core for
remarkable effects on ski weight and performance. Available on four
ski models, Fischer’s new Air Core Basalight technology significantly
reduces weight to deliver a superior cross country skiing experience.
Furthermore, replacing conventional fiberglass with volcanic basalt
fibers supports the environment.
Fischer’s Air Core Basalight technology is now available on the new
CRS Vasa Skate and Classic models as well as the Superlight Crown and
Wax skis. By replacing fiberglass with basalt, Fischer brings the
weight of the skis close to the more expensive carbon fiber skis. The
CRS Skating Vasa is now 70 grams lighter than its fiberglass-core
“Basalt’s unique composition is ideally suited for the movements in
cross country skiing and ensures perfectly balanced elasticity in the
ski,” said Peter Ashley, vice president, Nordic Division, Fischer Skis
U.S.A. “With the launch of Air Core Basalight technology, Fischer
improves upon ski weight and performance while expanding upon its long
legacy of successful green initiatives.”
Fischer’s move to replace a manufactured laminate with the natural
fibers made from volcanic rock underscores the company’s commitment to
the environment. Using basalt eliminates the chemical-intense process
involved in creating fiberglass as well as its harmful byproducts.
Fischer is the first and only ski producer in the world to rely on 100
percent renewable energy and employs advanced environmental protection
procedures company-wide. More information on Fischer’s ecological
approach is available at http://fischerskis.com/en/eco_page.php.
Photos are available upon request and via the Fischer image database
online at http://fischerskis.com/en/idb.php.
About Fischer Sports Nordic Ski Division
Founded in Austria in 1924, Fischer Sports is the world’s preeminent
Nordic ski manufacturer, with a long history of dominating the race
circuit as well as recreational sales. Fischer Skis U.S.A. is the
top-ranked Nordic ski brand sold in America today. The company also
markets bindings, boots and poles for Nordic racing, cruising,
touring, jumping, backcountry and recreational skiing. For more
information please visit www.fischerskis.com.