Volkl, Marker Rock Custom Gibsons

Partnership with Nashville guitar maker helps two worthy charities.
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Maybe you don’t like skiing with ear buds either, but if you’re like us, there’s always a tune going through your head. Apparently Gibson Guitars appreciates the connection between ripping and rocking. It has partnered with Volkl and Marker to produce two special-edition guitars, with proceeds from the sale of these potential collectors’ items going to twoworthy charities.The Volkl guitar is a version of Gibson’s venerable Les Paul with graphic elements from the Gotama twin-tip fat ski. The Marker is a Gibson Flying V with Marker’s “Rule the Mountain” logo on it. Proceeds from the sale of the Volkl Les Paul will go to Protect Our Winters, the environmental initiative of snowboard legend Jeremy Jones. Sales of the Marker Flying V will benefit the family of the late Shane McConkey.


Fuego (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Volkl

Given the conditions (hardpack), the Gotamas, Mantras and Katanas and Kikus mostly stayed in the rack. Folks were more interested in the narrower waists. We had some racers in the house, as evidenced by the cards we got on the Racetiger competition boards. But the ACs (AC50 and AC30) were the most popular test models, followed by the narrower, racier Tigersharks(11 Foot, 10 Foot and 8 Foot). On the women’s side, the Fuego and Aurora were the most-tested. If citizen testers vote with their feet—testing the brands they think they like best—then Volkl was the top vote-getter. Among skis that got enough test runs for a valid result, here are the rankings: