The innovative cross-country ski technology that takes you faster and farther along the winter trails, letting you climb hills with ease and explore more challenging paths.
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Imagine you are skiing through a winter wonderland, easily gliding over gently rolling terrain. Suddenly, you are faced with a climb that interrupts the flow, requiring herringboning, side-stepping, or even removing the skis and walking up.
From the Yukon in northern Canada, SkiClaws let you easily and quickly climb straight up steep slopes without using a herring-bone or side-stepping manoeuvre. The claws shine best on steep inclines and in icy conditions where other traction methods fail. Providing confidence-inspiring grip, they make skiing uphill a pleasure!
Quick and effortless to activate, SkiClaws engage and disengage on the go. There is no stopping to deal with skins or crampons. Simply put the SkiClaws on your skis and get ready to run up one side – no matter how steep or icy – and glide down the other, all without stopping.
Whether you’re looking to break free of the groomed trail, go on expeditions with a pulk, get into the back country, or even just enjoy your daily ski even more, SkiClaws will help you discover a whole new world on your cross-country skis.
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The SkiClaws Story
As a long-time cross-country enthusiast, I prided myself on getting up any hill, no matter how difficult.
Then in Yellowknife, I faced an impossible climb.
The trail went up a cleft in the rock on Tincan Hill that was too steep and narrow for anything but removing the skis and walking up. It was a short uphill section, with great skiing below and above, and it frustrated me that such a short climb interrupted the flow.
I thought there had to be a way to get up without taking off the skis.
I puzzled over this for a long time.
In Whitehorse I tested some ideas, one time literally falling on my face.
Then the idea came to me: have the binding slide a bit along the ski and use that motion to engage traction.
The idea of SkiClaws was born.
“The sturdy, claw drops down and engages with a little kick to provide the uphill kick then tucks away for the glide. I tried the claws on a local rough, ungroomed route and was impressed with the ease in ascending moderate gradients. Plus, there was the glide on the descent, without having to adjust the skis in any way.”
— Afan Jones, 30+ years nordic skiing experience
“I have always enjoyed skiing but found going uphill the most challenging part. I was very impressed that I was able to effortlessly master the use of SKiClaws within seconds, and I could run up hills easily. I can tell you it works! I now feel a lot more confident and comfortable skiing outside of the beaten path, which I love!”
— Lana Selbee, Executive Director, Yukonstruct
“A great new product that tackles two cross country ski challenges – uphill traction and transitions. It doesn’t take long to adjust to their use and once you get the hang of it, the grip on packed snow, going up the steepest incline, is impressive. What makes it extra special is I don’t need to stop and put on skins if I’m pulling a pulk on a narrow trail. I look forward to trying SkiClaws again in the future.”
— Geoff Stone, owner Stoneworks Solutions and experienced backcountry skier
“I really like your invention. I believe that it will make cross country skiing a more enjoyable sport. People will be willing to pay a good price for it. One of those people will be me if I end up returning to the sport — and your invention motivates me to get back into the sport. In fact, Marie was discussing how ebikes were smoothing out the hills, causing people to get more exercise from their bikes. Well, your device does the same for cross country skiing.”
— Bruce and Marie Fast, Tech Innovators
“Kudos to you (Doug) for skiing without poles! Bad on the rest of us for not bringing poles. You put on a good demonstration of what knowing how to use the product can achieve, when used as intended. Running up the hills also proved to be a good option for me.”
— Ian McMahon, 10+ years Ski Industry Professional
“It took my brain a little time to master the use of the SkiClaws and when it did, a whole new world opened up for me. I can effortlessly climb up steep slopes. On narrow uphill trails where there is no room for herring-bone, I go up with my skis pointing straight ahead. This device increases my freedom of mobility 10-fold and extends my season as I can still ski uphill even when the snow turns to ice.”
— Itai Katz, two seasons of cross-country experience.
“Thank you for introducing me to the Ski Claws! I have a weak ankle due to an old injury which means herring boning up a hill could be painful and cause harm. But thanks to the SkiClaws, I’ve been able to enjoy the skiing season after all. I can keep my ankles straight and just claw up those hills. I look forward to many more busy ski-seasons, thanks to those claws.”
— Chantal Frances, three seasons of SkiClaws experience.
“As an experienced Nordic skier, I was intrigued by the SkiClaws right away. Upon trying them, I was impressed at how easy they are to deploy and activate, how well they grip the surface of the trail, and how quickly they retract when no longer needed. I imagine it wouldn’t take long to become quite proficient in their use, thus opening up a whole new world of winter exploration, right out your door!”
— Kalin Pallet, Outdoor Retail Industry Professional with over 20 years experience.
“Downhill skiing has been my go to winter sport. Two winters ago I tried cross-country skiing which I enjoyed at first. Here in Northern Canada there are lots of free trails and I was pulling my hair out for not having found out about this sport earlier. But soon going uphill on the skis was disenchanting and in the end a deal-breaker. I gave it up. Last winter I tried SkiClaws and it made all the difference. I am going to get back to cross-country skiing this year. In my opinion, SkiClaws are a must have for cross-country. What a great innovation!”
— William Lechuga, Tech Entrepreneur, beginning cross-country skier
“I’m a novice X-country skier and have always struggled with the terrain. One day I was invited by Doug to test his new prototype of SkiClaws. I was surprised that in a matter of minutes I figured out how to use them properly and then climbed easily on the terrain which was a challenge for me in the past. I highly recommend trying Ski Claws. Surprise yourself! It’s so much fun!!!”
— Nicky Rosenberg, Electrical Engineer
“SkiClaws work great for climbing slopes on packed or icy snow. The climbing technique is to put the foot further forward than most people are used to but we were able to climb right away. As ski coaches, we can see how using SkiClaws can help improve hill climbing learning on waxed skis on groomed runs! The system is not too heavy. It’s a bit noisy but seems fixable. In our touring business we use the wider Scarpa 75mm system and we would like to adapt SkiClaws to this. It would be easier than stopping to put on and take off the skins.”
— Raphaelle & Fabien, Yu’Ski Expeditions owners and guides.
“Les SkiClaws sont parfaits pour grimper des pentes sur neige tassée ou verglacée. La technique pour monter consiste à mettre le pied plus en avant que la plupart des gens ne sont habitués, mais nous avons pu grimper rapidement. En tant que moniteurs de ski, nous pouvons voir comment l’utilisation de SkiClaws peut aider à améliorer l’apprentissage des montées avec des skis à farter sur des pistes damées ! Le système n’est pas trop lourd. C’est un peu bruyant mais cela semble améliorable. Pour notre activité de ski de randonnée nordique, nous utilisons le système Scarpa 75 mm plus large et nous aimerions adapter le système SkiClaws. Ce serait plus facile que de s’arrêter pour mettre et enlever les peaux pour monter les pentes raides.”
— Raphaelle & Fabien, propriétaires et guides de Yu’Ski Expeditions.