Bode Miller is the winningest American male skier of all time, but in the ski industry, he’s also well known as a tinkerer who was never satisfied with the gear status quo. As a post-racing second chapter, Miller co-founded Peak Ski Company, for which he serves as the very hands-on chief innovation officer. “We set out to develop skis that advance the sport by changing the way people ski,” Miller says about Peak, which launched to critical acclaim last winter and recently rolled out its second-generation lineup. “Our intense focus on performance and precision are coupled with innovative design features that make skiing fundamentally easier.” Case in point is Peak’s Keyhole technology, which is a base cutaway that creates a change point in the flex pattern to make entering turns and powerful edging easier. The most versatile of the six Peak models, the Peak 98 by Bode ($1,090 without bindings), is meant for 50/50 off- and on-trail, groomed or in powder, crud, chalk or corn.
Pair the thrills of motocross with the technology of a snowmobile, and you get MoonBikes (from $3,900). Billed as the world’s first electric snow bike, the two-wheeler is easy to transport and crazy fun to ride, with a front shock that begs to be tested with a few jumps. The French-built bikes are new in the U.S. but have been hitting the powder at Chamonix and other major European resorts for the past couple of winters.
Thanks to Taiga Motors, the “Tesla of the snowmobiling industry,” adventurers can now experience the thrill of snowmobiling without the sound. The Canadian company’s all-electric Nomad model looks like any other sled, but it is virtually silent, requires no trips to the pump and no oil changes. It also offers a choice of operating modes plus engine options from 90hp to 120hp ($17,490–$19,490). Debuted last year, the Nomad will soon be followed by additional e-models from Taiga.
Jackson Hole–based Mikey Franco is the Savile Row tailor of shredding. His Franco Snowshapes crafts ultra-high-performance snowboards, often with materials—dyed Kevlar-carbon weaves, patina copper top sheets, epoxy infused with graphene—that go way beyond carbon fiber. Each one-off design (from $4,000) is built specifically for a customer’s physique, ability, riding style and preferred terrain. The level of detail borders on obsessive: Franco will change the thickness of the wood core in the nose, binding platform, center and tail of the board by adjustments as small as .1 millimeter. For the full “Franco Experience,” you can spend a day riding with the designer so he can see what you need in person before his team builds your ride.