Slovenia is a land of forests. Woodland covers nearly sixty percent of the country. This means that practically every city, town and village lies next to a forest – an immensely complex ecosystem of plants, animals and microorganisms. Slovenian forests are home to 950 species of plants. 71 of those are trees - 10 conifers and 61 deciduous species. There are also a few foreign tree species that flourish after being brought from foreign lands. The most common species are beech and spruce. Forests provide a home for 95 species of birds, 70 species of mammals, 17 species of amphibians and 10 species of reptiles.
Our forests go through about 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, binding the carbon into wood and returning about 5.5 million tons of oxygen. They protect the ground from erosion and prevent landslides, hold in rainfall water and prevent excessive evaporation. Forests also regulate temperature and air humidity. Places in the vicinity of woods usually have a slightly lower temperature in the hot summer months. The main product of a forest is wood, a material that has been our faithful companion since the dawn of the human race. Its complex simplicity is a source of culture and art. It hides within it the sonorous tone of a violin, the knowledge of a book, and many other things. Wood is with us every step of the way from the cradle to the grave. Every tree is unique in its own way. We use wood to make furniture, build houses, create tools and accessories, ornaments and heat… and skis, of course. This noble natural material is at the heart of skis. But a ski is a tough animal. It goes to work when it is still dark outside. It works up a sweat in the coldest weather. Its stamina has no limits. A ski can be bent, flexed and tortured in just about every way and it will never complain. Nothing can get in the way of carving tight arcs, smearing turns, straight lining chutes and floating in powder. And it goes on all winter, November to May. None of it would be possible without wood.
“Wood is just about irreplaceable due to its elasticity and damping characteristics.”