peltonen – passion for xc-skiing

Cross-country skis from the world's most modern ski factory

Year 2011 was the year of biggest change in our history, as we started production in our new and modern factory in Heinola. From 2011 to 2013 we have made big investments in new manufacturing equipment and technology, and we now have three times the production capacity as in our previous factory in Hartola.

Peltonen - A Brief History

1945

Toivo-Peltonen-1943Our company was established in Hartola, Finland by a talented skier and craftsman, Toivo Peltonen. Handmade skis started to gain reputation among skiers and soon Toivo was a full-time ski maker. Skis were handcrafted from a single piece of wood with manual tools and treated with wood tar.

1950's

Production of wooden skis doubled annually during late 40’s and early 50’s. Production of sliver skis started in 1955; skis laminated from multiple slivers of wood using hydraulic presses. The business grew steadily during the late 50’s and the annual production was around 2.000 pairs.

1960's

Export to Sweden begins in 1967. New 1270 m2 production facility for 30-40 workers in 1970.
Two Olympic gold medals for Peltonen in Sapporo 1972: Juri Skobov and Valeri Voronkov (USSR). Success in Sweden: 26% of top 200 Wasaloppet skiers using Peltonen, Wasaloppet gold 1973 Pauli Siitonen. Production 1969/70: 13790 pairs.

1970's

Transformation to fiberglass laminated skis with P-tex base begins. Last pair of wooden skis produced in 1974. Peltonen innovations Javelin tip and three-groove tail receive international awards. Gold for Peltonen in Lahti World Championships 1978, Christer Johansson (SWE). Investments in automation of production.

1980's

Race success during the 80’s: Teuvo Rantanen wins 24 hour skiing world record on Peltonen skis (401,21km). Second expansion of production facilities in 1980, now 3500 m2. Export broadens to most European countries, USA, Canada. Race success during the 80’s: Aki Karvonen podium 1987 World Championships in Oberstdorf. First manufacturer to introduce a skating ski during season ‘84/’85. One of the first ski manufacturers to put emphasis on design, starting in 1986.  Noted in design publications worldwide and received Finnish Design Awards
Matti Peltonen takes over family business in 1985, Toivo Peltonen retires.

1990's

Success for Peltonen in World championships Lahti 1989 and 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The global cross country market went down from 3,7 million pairs in 1980 to 1,4 million pairs in 1995, but Peltonen managed to improve its sales while most small manufactures quit and giants stumbled. Lower price category ski production in Estonia starts in 1991.
Changes in ownership of the company: 1999: Ski wax factory Oy Redox Ab (Rex) acquired as a daughter company for Peltonen Ski Oy. 1999: Distribution of Peltonen skis and Rex waxes exclusively to Normark Suomi Oy, a subsidiary of Rapala Group.

2000 onwards

2002: Oy Redox Ab is sold to Peltonen family, Rapala buys Peltonen brand. Juhani Eskelinen starts as CEO of Peltonen Ski Oy. Matti Peltonen continues as a CEO of Oy Redox Ab. 2005 onwards: Investing in new factory machinery. 2007 World’s first XC-skis using nanotechnology. Hybtonite® nanocarbon epoxy exclusively for Peltonen. Adaptation of NIS binding standard, XTT extra light carbon tip and tail in race skis. Medals achieved in world cup races, well-known skiers added to international racing team. 2009: Peltonen introduces revolutionary Nanogrip® waxfree skis. Patented technology licensed for Peltonen, Finnish inventor receives a highly appreciated national prize. 2011 Plans for new factory in Heinola (40 km from Hartola) announced, state-of-the art factory started production in autumn 2011. Ski production in 2011: 60.000 pairs, 15% up from previous year. Production capacity in new factory: 100.000 pairs annually.

CONTACT INFO

Peltonen Ski Oy
tel.+358-3-876070
firstname.lastname@peltonenski.fi

factory@peltonenski.fi

Distributors
Worldwide

Finland
Normark Suomi Oy
puh. (014) 820 711
fax (014) 821 007
email: info@normark.fi
www.normark.fi

Australia
Mountain Sports
tel. +61-2-6024 5488
fax +61-2-6056 2395
bcranage@dragnet.com.au

Czech Rebublic
INA SPORT spol. s r.o.
tel.: +420 545 422 431
fax: +420 545 422 430
email: inasport@inasport.cz
www.inasport.cz

Denmark
Ski & Toy
+4533112273
e-mail: mbl@fjeld-fritid.dk

Estonia
A2K Sport Oü
tel. +372 44 52 936
fax. +372 44 52 938
email: info@a2k.ee
www.a2k.ee

France
Montaz SARL
www.worden.fr
Tel direct : 04 79 72 95 33
Fax : 04 79 72 94 68
E-mail: christophe@worden.fr

Germany
Sport Klaus Weiss
tel. +49-7721-74847
fax +49-7728-1409
gh@sportweiss.com

Greenland
Torrak!
Sisimiut

Iceland
AIpasport ehf
tel +354 471 2525
Mobile +354 863 5533
kristofer@alpanir.is
www.alpanir.is

Japan
Lovett Corporation
tel. +81-473-262957
fax  +81-473-267565
e-mail: info@lovett-corp.com
lovett@nifty.com

Latvia
SIA „Gandrs” birojs
tel. +371 67 612624
fax +371 67 614927
gandrs@gandrs.lv
www.gandrs.lv

Norway
Sportspro AS
post@sportspro.no
tel. +47 928 09 942

Russia
ZAO Normark
phone: +7 495 775 37 32
email: info@normark.ru
www.normark.ru

Slovakia
Davorin Active Sports
Tel.: +421 905 503997
e-mail: office@davorin.sk
www.davorin.sk

Slovenia
PONCA d.o.o.
Tel. +386 4 5876 229
Mobile: +386 51 382 046
Fax: +386 4 5876 229

Sweden
Backcountry Equipment Ab
tel. +46 322 660 250
fax + 46 322 660 251
info@backcountry.se

Switzerland
Widmer Sport Import GmbH
tel +41 (0)79 558 50 50
fax +41 (0)44 799 19 51
info@widmer-sport-import.ch

USA
FinnSisu
Lauderdale, Minnesota

Nordic Skater
Norwich,  Vermont

Continental Ski & Bike
Duluth, Minnesota

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