White rock artist April Lacheur, Gregg Anderson and Glenn Anderson of Skevik Skis.
Glenn and Gregg Anderson of Vernon built their first set of downhill skis ten years ago. The brothers have sold hundreds of pairs of unique, colourful, made-to-order skis each winter in recent years. As avid skiers themselves, they got their start in 2005 tinkering in their parents’ garage. Since then Skevik Skis has developed a reputation for producing durable and high performing skis with the finest materials – maplewood for the core, fibreglass layers and carbon underneath.
Rather than plastic sidewalls typically seen in the industry, Skevik exposes the natural beauty of the hardy maplewood cores. Their nine models are each created to perform in varying terrain and snow conditions.
Focussed on its Canadian roots, Skevik allows customers to personalize the graphic design of their skis. The company works with April Lacheur, a White Rock artist, who has produced two graphics for Skevik. The latest will be making a return this winter.
After graduating from university in 2005, Gregg, started work at a ski repair shop at Silver Star Mountain. The job made Gregg think about ways to produce more durable skis. Together with Glenn, they built their first set of homemade skis – a pair that slid top to bottom without damage.
The brothers continued to work on different designs and the start-up took off in 2008 when Glenn, who was studying engineering at the University of Victoria, worked on Skevik Skis for co-op credits. Glenn began producing more models and selling them to skiers in Vernon. He eventually moved production to a shop from his parents’ garage, got feedback from friends and skiers, and began promoting the business by word of mouth and Facebook.
Skevik Skis, named after the Andersons’ great grandfather Anton Skevik, are now sold in Western Canada, Norway and Germany.
Glenn says persistence was the key to the brothers’ success. “It has to be your passion because it’s a lot of work to get something off the ground. When we first started out, some people thought we were crazy and we were motivated to prove them wrong.”