In the fall of 2012, Drew Tabke arrived at the Praxis factory with hopes of designing a ski that would help in landing him on the top of the podium for the 2013 Freeride World Tour. After his visit to the factory, Tabke went on to win the first and third events of the 2013 FWT. His conquest of the 2013 FWT title had begun, and the GPO was born. Tabke’s design was a culmination of his favorite Praxis Skis, borrowing his chosen aspects from these other designs and blending them into one. As he studied all of the different skis and the molding notes, you could see the gears turning inside his head. And then he would smirk and say “I like the tip rocker on that ski a lot, can we do that?” The final product was 116mm underfoot, with a substantial shovel and long slow tip, cambered mid-zone with a playful radius, and slight tail rocker accenting an easy tail taper. Reviews have included “I had to ride with my boots in walk mode just to give the powder a fighting chance” and “greatest ski ever”. It was on Lars Chickering-Ayers’ first day on the GPO that he rode it to victory at the fourth stop of the 2013 FWT.
Praxis Skis are “Handcrafted in the Sierra Nevada”. Our factory is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, where the mountains are our backyard. Our skis are constructed by inspired skiers who take pride in producing the perfect ride for a variety of individual needs and styles. By designing skis that work for you, we aim to elevate the experience of skiing.
Praxis Skis was founded by Keith O’Meara and is supported by a group of dedicated skiers committed to developing new concepts for the ski industry. Since the inception of Praxis Skis and throughout the past nine years, this once-small company has built a remarkable reputation for producing progressively designed skis that also happen to be some of the most well-built and durable skis in the world. Unlike many other companies out there, our skis are manufactured 100% in house from beginning to end at our factory in North Lake, Tahoe. Our Computer Numerical Cutting (CNC) technology allows us to produce low volumes of custom skis with incredibly accurate precision. When the CNC technology is combined with our commitment to developing all of our premium ski parts in-house, we can more easily prototype and test progressive ideas before releasing the model to the world. It is not uncommon for us to be on the lift talking about a new ski design on Saturday, then skiing and testing the finished product within a couple days. This unique aspect of our manufacturing process allows us to push the conventions of ski technology and create innovative designs that often become industry standards.
We are constantly striving to challenge norms within the ski industry. Being at the forefront of the “Rocker Revolution”, the skis we develop are not your ordinary skis. Our use of progressive shapes and moldings has enabled us to develop ski that make skiing off-piste, powder, and variable conditions easy for even the intermediate skier, propelling the rider to a whole new level of skiing.