Elan is the only major brand that makes all of their skis in the Alps. They also have a huge emphasis on making sure that women are involved in the ski creation process every step of the way, from the factory floor to the highest levels of the company. The only part of the factory that is open to the public is the Ski Museum, but that’s still worth a visit next time you find yourself in western Slovenia.
Photo Gallery: Inside the Elan Ski Factory
A quality checker at the Elan Ski Factory.
One of the last stages of the ski manufacturing process is the quality check. It involves inspections by both humans and machines.
After inspection, the skis are placed on a rack before being packaged.
Before the quality check, the skis are fed through a long series of base-finishing machines.
Two workers building skis at the Elan Factory.
The Elan Ski Factory is one of the biggest in Europe. This large room houses the ski presses.
A worker assembles a pair of Elan Element skis.
All of the wood cores are milled and stored on-site.
Sidewalls, before being added to skis.
Matjaz Meglic, Elan’s Director of Global Sales.
The Elan Ski Museum is the only part of the factory open to the public, and is worth spending some time at if you’re in the area.
An exhibit at the Elan Ski Museum about Rudi Finzgar.
Begunje, Slovenia, where the Elan Factory is located.
Bled, a tourist town, is a short drive from the factory.