Although they are terms you always hear within the ski industry, it’s hard not to drop words like ‘progression’ and ‘innovative’ when you begin talking about Breckenridge-based company Fat-ypus skis.
Before other companies began making skis as fat as car tires, Fat-ypus was doing it first and forcing others in the game to take notice. It’s been seven years since Faty-pus owner Jared Mazlish produced the company’s first pair of skis, and this past weekend at the SnowSport Industries America (SIA) trade show in Denver his new line of skis for next season were sitting pretty amidst the big names in the industry.
“When we first came out with the A-lotta, it was the original super fat ski in the industry at 140 millimeters underfoot,” Mazlish said. “It was a big splash because everybody loved the ski and how it was a huge advantage in the powder.”
Mazlish talks about that “float feeling” you get when skiing in powder and as a former big mountain competitive rider he knew he wanted to create a ski that would respond appropriately for riders looking to charge the mountain a bit harder than most.
Word spread quickly throughout the ski world that Fat-ypus was trying something different and pretty soon publications like Freeskier and Powder Magazine were dubbing Fat-ypus’ A-lotta pow ski the new best thing for all mountain skiers.
Mazlish responded to the praise and expanded his lineup to include the D-sender, a svelter version of the A-lotta for those who might not be looking for something so big underfoot and the G-butter park ski with a poplar wood core allowing it to be solid and stable with a bit of flex in the tip and tail.
As the years went by Fat-ypus continued to garner respect and Mazlish made the decision to branch out and start a women’s line.
“We wanted to give the women just as much credit as the men for what they were doing,” Mazlish said. “We’ve always been very athlete driven so we wanted to listen to what was working for the women on the mountain.”
Models like the E-motion, V-rock and X-sight struck a chord with ladies looking for a fat ski in a smaller length and the new models have been a huge seller.
Mazlish will be the first to admit that being based out of Breckenridge has been a huge advantage getting Fat-ypus off the ground. After all, having a ski resort in your backyard doesn’t hurt.
“Being in Breck has helped us to be in touch with the industry and the scene,” Mazlish said. “It makes it so you’re not just in an office working with dollar bills; you’re working with snow, making skis for people that ski on it. The location keeps you much more in touch and allows us to be on the pulse of the progression of the sport.”With forward momentum already on their side, Fat-ypus has plans for a new ski in the next year but the plans are somewhat top secret for now.
“We have a new ski at 118mm underfoot and I don’t know if I want to say a whole lot more than that because it’s a new progressive minded design and there might be folks out there that want to steal it,” Mizlash said with a grin.
Those looking to get their hands on some Fat-ypus skis can visit their website www.fat-ypus.com or check them out at some local retailers like Alpine Sports, AMR Ski Rentals or Lonestar Sports.
Oh, and if you wondering where the name came from, you can thank the Platypus.
“It all came from the idea that the tip and tail of the ski looked exactly like the nose and tail of a platypus and it was of course the fattest ski on the market so that’s where the ‘fat’ comes from, naturally,” Mizlash explained. “Plus, the name just sounds and feels good to say.”
If you think the name sounds good to say then you should see how good it feels to actually ski on a Fat-ypus design.