Ski Trab has manufactured skis in Bormio, Italy since 1946. Trab focuses on producing efficient backcountry skis that maintain performance and durability while achieving significant weight savings. The 60 year old company has a history of innovation, including the first production fiberglass skis (1962), the first skis with steel edges curved to fit the shape of the ski, the first carbon fiber skis (1990) and the first skis featuring an aramide honeycomb core (2004). By utilizing up to 30 different materials, each ski delivers a fine tuned, long lasting performance. Trab skis feature only the finest quality raw materials which are vigorously tested to ensure their longevity, performance attributes and compatibility with other materials and the manufacturing process.
Ski Trab has all the modern CAD/CAM equipment necessary to design and produce complex skis in addition to a complete array of testing equipment. Trab's development lab includes four machines designed to test durability and flex in all directions. A longitudinal flex machine locks in the waist and than bends either the tip or the tail until the ski breaks, measuring resistance along the way and the breaking point. A torsional flex machine does the same by twisting skis until they break. An impact machine punches skis with a pointed nylon hammer, where they are cut apart to see the damage. A fourth machine tests turn cycle durability by rapidly sessioning off thousands of turns. All data is transmitted to a computer system for analysis. For example, the Duo Race is designed to have downhill race caliber flex; with the overall design goal of removing weight without sacrificing performance and durability. Trab's location at the base of the 2005 FIS Alpine World Championships facilitates immediate feedback from in-the-field testing. Athletes come into the factory daily to take skis out for training & testing purposes, then report back at the end of each day their findings.