KILLINGTON-Harrison Goldberg and Connor Gaeta had no idea when
they met at UVM that they would soon be developing skis that could
help to change east coast park skiing, let alone have a company
with its own pro-team and a 2013 Olympic hopeful riding the skis
This year, HG Skis was proud to have their first mass-produced
ski " Electronics" break onto the scene here in Killington, with
First Stop Ski Shop/ Board Barn as the first retailer.
Goldberg, who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, first
began to design skis as part of his senior project while still in
High School, and wanted to create a park ski that would cater to
east coast skiers and terrain. In 2010 he and Conner Gaeta brought
a prototype into First Stop Ski Shop and were assisted in the
actual construction and further development of the prototype.
"I was able to do the beginning steps of building this ski with
the help of the press frame I built during my senior project.
Finishing the production of any ski requires a base grinder, which
are very expensive to use," Goldberg explained. "Bill and Coral had
a genuine interest in what we were doing and allowed us to use
their equipment. They really encouraged us to keep working on this
innovative design," he added.
Members Connor Gaeta and Lucas Vianna competed in the Rails To
Riches park competition at Killington this past Saturday
"What is great about HG is that we are the east coast ski company-
most companies are out west, where there are big mountains and big
terrain. We focus on smaller mountains and harder terrain,"
Bill and Coral Elles are no strangers to innovation in snow
sports, as they were one of Jake Burton's very first accounts in
the late 1980's.
"It's really great to see young blood Vermonters come into an
industry made up of big companies with even bigger ego's… when
Harrison brought the prototype in, we saw something in it," said
Bill with a smile.
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