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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 they designed.

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 night.  
"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," Goldberg continued.

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.

Check out HG Skis at First Stop Ski shop and online at www.hgskis.com