Wagner Custom Skis Goes Hollywood

Wagner Custom Skis, the Telluride, Colorado-based leader in custom ski fitting science, recently broke new ground, building skis made for, well, 2 decades ago.
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Wagner Custom Skis, the Telluride, Colorado-based leader in custom ski fitting science, recently broke new ground, building skis made for, well, 2 decades ago. Upon request from crew at MGM studios, Wagner Custom obliged, providing “vintage” 80's-inspired skis for the #2 box office hit, “Hot Tub Time Machine”, starring John Cusack ,Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase, now showing in theaters nationwide.


Last fall, CEO and founder Pete Wagner was approached by the production company of “Hot Tub” to build period skis for an 80's inspired movie. Born from this meeting were Wagner Custom creations “Fachmann”, “Schnell”, and “Rasse” skis made especially for the movie. Featuring long, skinny profiles and loud colors and graphics, the skis themselves were a flashback in time. Actor Craig Robinson took the “Schnell's” on a run early in the movie, prompting a classic Hollywood chase scene.

“It was a really fun project, although I had no idea whether they would actually get seen in the movie,” Wagner commented at a recent Boulder, Colorado screening of “Hot Tub”. “To actually see them in a big-budget film makes is pretty humorous, as is the movie.”

Wagner's remarks were noted after a media event sponsored by Larry's Bootfitters, Wagner Custom, and Upslope Brewery on March 31st where replicas of the movie skis were on display for all to admire.

Skiing Magazine senior editor Jake Bogoch remarked, “Wagner is a meticulous guy so you know those skis are going to be true to the ‘80s. I heard that he crushed up some Lionel Richie tapes, coated them in a thick hairspray epoxy and layered it over the ski's core.”

“Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to right the mistakes of youth gone by and become the men they wish they were. Hot Tub Time Machine is probably playing at a theater near you.


About Wagner Custom Skis
Wagner Custom was founded in 2006 in Placerville, Colorado, just downstream from the Telluride Ski Resort. Wagner Custom hand-builds precise-fitting skis and snowboards one-at-a-time, each unique and designed for a specific rider. Wagner uses only the finest raw materials, and all skis and boards are crafted around sturdy, solid wood cores. Wagner shapes and assembles skis using state-of-the-art 21st Century equipment in what may be the world's greenest ski factory, running entirely on wind and solar energy. Visit Wagner Custom online at www.wagnerskis.com.





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