From a one-man-garage-show to a freeride and freestyle trendsetter. That is the story of Line Skis and its founder Jason Levinthal.
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It started in 1995 in Albany, NY – now Line is one of the most innovative ski brands, throwing some fresh life into the traditional skiers of the mid 90’s with their freestyle skis.


Two of the most important and biggest things LINE prides itself on is their dedication to innovation and being different from the rest. Every time they sit together during a development process and brainstorm about new ski designs, they dream of redefining skiing. The motto of making skiing more fun (#morefunner) is therefore deeply rooted in their brand philosophy and values. In turn, this very motto lives in the innovative shapes and skis they produce.

From the first freeride ski with metal laminate (Prophet) to the Afterbang, the only ski designed like a skateboard and many innovations that followed, they paved the way for innovation in the ski industry when they started 25 years ago in a garage in Burlington, Vermont.

And today? After all these years, Line is pushing the status quo and striving for unique shapes and highlight products. With their Swallowtail designs, Convex shapes and the brand new Blade, their innovations have never been as multi-faceted and outstanding as they are now. And Line has no intention of stopping there!

Swallowtail Series

It's no secret that skiing and surfing have some key similarities, especially when we're talking about powder. When you look at surfboards, there are many different and unique designs and shapes that make for quick turns or stability. So Line put different components together and integrated them into their innovations.

The LINE Pescado was the first ski to come out of this ideology. With its Swallowtail and wide shape, certainly THE ski when it comes to powder surfing. The Swallowtail provides a longer effective edge when you need it, and at the same time less material at the tail for faster turns. In combination with a slightly backward offset binding position and the resulting generated lift (ski sinks at the tail), the Pescado is one of the best powder skis on the market, with which deep powder days become an absolute pleasure! But be careful! The Pescado doesn't just surf through powder. Despite its 125 mm width under the binding, it also does surprisingly well on the piste, so fantastic! When Line went to find out why, they found that the combination of stance and the sinking of the ski through the Swallowtail significantly increases grip outside of powder. With that knowledge, it went back into the development process, because there was a lot to be gained from that, and Line came up with a narrower pescado...the SAKANA.

The Sakana comes, just like the Pescado with a Swallowtail design, but offers greater variability due to its narrower width. With 105 mm under the binding, the Sakana opened the door for a versatile all-mountain ski that the industry had not seen before. The Sakana catapulted skiing into spheres, promoting unprecedented versatility and variation on and off the slopes. With the ability to surf deeper snow and still deliver on piste, the Sakana is the best ski for all-mountain carves, slashes and basically the most fun time on the mountain.

Swallowtail Series Technology

But let's get down to the technology. The Swallowtail is not simply a feature for an alternative, nicer design. With less material on the ski, the lighter weight is clearly felt and ultimately results in less resistance in powder.

As mentioned earlier, the shorter tail automatically pushes down, giving the ski better float and allowing you to stay in your usual central position over the ski. So backseats for more lift are a thing of the past and the ski are much easier to steer.

The shape of the Swallowtail also provides a significantly longer effective edge, increasing control and power in your turns. As a result, Pescado and Sakana can be skied in shorter lengths without sacrificing performance.

Another feature of the Swallowtail are the two integrated Titanal layers that run across the tail of Pescado and Sakana. This Titanal gives again an incredible stability and helps you to bring even more power into your carves and surf sessions. As you can probably tell, there is a lot of magic and reliability in the tail.

LINE Blade

Our latest innovation is said to be the craziest of them all: the Line BLADE. That may or may not be true, but either way, we are very proud of how it performs. The Blade is our idea of a metal freeride ski. It's no secret that Line's roots are in the park and freestyle scene, and that won't change. But as sad as it is, you can't hang out in the park your whole life. One day you'll wake up and realize you want a ski that makes the entire mountain your playground. A ski that will have you chasing down slopes like never before and putting a grin on your face in every turn. Instead of Bend Your Blends, it's now EURO CARVE for you, slashes in fresh snow and deep trenches you leave behind on the slopes. You can tell the Blade isn't like the boring metal freeride skis you already know. You just can't do it without Line DNA. With Line, it's always a little more fun.

The Blade comes with a 154 mm wide shovel, a 95 mm center width and 124 mm tail. So it comes with a nice taper (tip is wider than tail). In addition, Line has designed a so-called kick tail, which in combination with the eye-catching sidecut ensures that you can control your turns extremely small. At first glance you might think that the Blade is a new Sakana, but the differences are manifold: the dimensions of the Sakana are 150-105-138 with a 15 m radius and a recommended mounting point 8 cm behind center. The core of the Sakana is made of maple and paulownia. The Blade, on the other hand, measures 154-95-124 with a 13.5 m radius and a recommended mounting point 4.5 cm behind the binding. The core of the Blade is made of aspen and is also supported by two metal laminates separated under the binding. Certainly, both skis are perfect for carves, however, one brings more power to the turns, while the other offers better flotation.

The Sakana, with its wider center width, set back stance and long effective edge, offers comparatively better performance in deep snow. However, if you're on the slopes, the Sakana won't hold a candle to the Blade. Because it cuts snow better than any butcher cuts a roast on Christmas Eve. Simply put...the Blade is the narrower, sturdier, more rugged version of the Line Sakana. Now you decide...