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Inside the Elan Ski Factory

Photos from the factory located in Begunje, Slovenia

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

Worker at the Elan Factory
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A quality checker at the Elan Ski Factory.

Quality check at Elan factory
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One of the last stages of the ski manufacturing process is the quality check. It involves inspections by both humans and machines.

Quality check at Elan Factory
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After inspection, the skis are placed on a rack before being packaged.

Ripsticks at the Elan Factory
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Before the quality check, the skis are fed through a long series of base-finishing machines.

Workers at the Elan Factory
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Two workers building skis at the Elan Factory.

Ski presses at the Elan Factory
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The Elan Ski Factory is one of the biggest in Europe. This large room houses the ski presses.

Building skis at the Elan Factory
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A worker assembles a pair of Elan Element skis.

Wood cores at the Elan Factroy
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All of the wood cores are milled and stored on-site.

Sidewalls in the Elan factory
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Sidewalls, before being added to skis.

Matjaz Meglic
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Matjaz Meglic, Elan’s Director of Global Sales.

Elan Ski Museum
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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.

Inside the Elan Ski museum
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An exhibit at the Elan Ski Museum about Rudi Finzgar.

Begunje, Slovenia
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Begunje, Slovenia, where the Elan Factory is located.

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Bled, a tourist town, is a short drive from the factory.