Foon Skis are locally sourced, hand-shaped, skis made by Johnny “Foon” Chilton. Johnny is a former professional big mountain skier that pioneered first descents in Alaska, the British Columbia Coast Range, and New Zealand. Due to frustrations with mass-produced skis in 2011 Johnny “Foon” created Foon Skis. Each ski is handmade just outside of Pemberton, BC from locally produced yellow cedar. The attention to detail and the unparalleled craftsmanship of these skis put them in a different league of the typical mass-produced skis on the market. Though Foon Skis specializes in customs skis there is also a small ski line where I have found my new favorite ski, The Momma Lisa.
2 springs ago tragedy hit the Coast Mountain skiing community when Lisa Korthals, wife of Johnny Foon and Mother of Tye, was killed in an avalanche while heli-skiing guiding. Lisa was an incredibly accomplished CSGA Ski Guide as well as a Level IV CSGA Ski Instructor. She was known for first descents in the Northern Coast Mountains as well as Wrangell Range of Alaska with Johnny. Her passion and love for the mountains was prevalent in her guiding and her day to day life.
The “Momma Lisa” Foon Ski is a tribute to Lisa Korthals and her love for the Coast Mountains. Lisa and Johnny worked on the design of this ski together. The ski is handcrafted with a solid yellow cedar core and Active Rocket Technology. The 110 mm underfoot is perfect for all different backcountry skiing conditions. This ski not only floats effortlessly through the deep powder, but it is also stable and can hold an edge on steep lines or variable snow conditions. As a female skier, it can be hard to find the right high-performance ski. The Momma Lisa ticks all the boxes. There is also the added bonus with every ski sold there will be a donation made to the Canadian Ski Guide Association for a bursary, in Lisa’s name, to help upcoming female guides in the industry.