NewsFischer Launches the First Nordic Skis with a Natural Basalt Core

Avatar Matthew VoisinNovember 29, 20102
Fischer Superlight Crown

AUBURN, N.H.  — Fischer Skis announced today it has launched the first Nordic skis with a natural basalt core for remarkable effects on ski weight and performance. Available on four ski models, Fischer’s new Air Core Basalight technology significantly reduces weight to deliver a superior cross country skiing experience. Furthermore, replacing conventional fiberglass with volcanic basalt fibers supports the environment.

Fischer’s Air Core Basalight technology is now available on the new CRS Vasa Skate and Classic models as well as the Superlight Crown and Wax skis. By replacing fiberglass with basalt, Fischer brings the weight of the skis close to the more expensive carbon fiber skis. The CRS Skating Vasa is now 70 grams lighter than its fiberglass-core predecessor.

“Basalt’s unique composition is ideally suited for the movements in cross country skiing and ensures perfectly balanced elasticity in the ski,” said Peter Ashley, vice president, Nordic Division, Fischer Skis U.S.A. “With the launch of Air Core Basalight technology, Fischer improves upon ski weight and performance while expanding upon its long legacy of successful green initiatives.”

Fischer’s move to replace a manufactured laminate with the natural fibers made from volcanic rock underscores the company’s commitment to the environment. Using basalt eliminates the chemical-intense process involved in creating fiberglass as well as its harmful byproducts.

Fischer is the first and only ski producer in the world to rely on 100 percent renewable energy and employs advanced environmental protection procedures company-wide. More information on Fischer’s ecological approach is available at http://fischerskis.com/en/eco_page.php.

Photos are available upon request and via the Fischer image database online at http://fischerskis.com/en/idb.php.

About Fischer Sports Nordic Ski Division

Founded in Austria in 1924, Fischer Sports is the world’s preeminent Nordic ski manufacturer, with a long history of dominating the race circuit as well as recreational sales. Fischer Skis U.S.A. is the top-ranked Nordic ski brand sold in America today. The company also markets bindings, boots and poles for Nordic racing, cruising, touring, jumping, backcountry and recreational skiing. For more information please visit www.fischerskis.com.

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