The Elan Voyager is the world’s first folding all-mountain ski, a technological marvel that many have dreamed about for decades. Now, thanks to Elan, dreams have become a reality. The Voyager is aimed at skiers whose dynamic lifestyles intertwine professional obligations, with family and personal life, and require efficient use of available time. These skis bring cities closer to the mountains than ever before.
Imagine an executive working in the City of London, diligently crunching numbers and tables while dreaming of ripping groomers in the Alps. This is how he describes his passion for skiing: “My schedule is structured down to the minute, but I’m also very aware of the importance of taking time off to unwind. I know I have to set aside part of my busy schedule for my passions, so I take days off every now and then, forget the world of business and turn into a ski bum. My love for skiing and the mountains is so strong that I keep a live webcam from the Swiss Alps open on my computer desktop all the time. When I see a good weather forecast coming up, I tell my secretary that I will not be coming to work the next day. I only need two things after that: an airplane ticket to Geneva and a set of skis.”
This is where the Voyager comes in. The Voyager is Elan’s latest ski and the embodiment of the age-old dream of having a ski that is easy to carry and can be checked in as regular luggage at the airport. The dream always seemed unattainable, until now. Elan’s engineering team has successfully developed the world’s first folding all-mountain ski that maintains all the characteristics of classic (non-folding) skis while gaining the distinct advantage of mobility. The ski is designed for challenges brought by the rapid pace of the modern world. Its exceptional functionality makes it a unique link between the city and the snowy mountain peaks. The Voyager is world traveler and mountaineer. Regardless of how you travel, either by car, train, or airplane, the Voyager will make your trip to the mountains easier. While the ski brings substantial space savings, its uncompromising performance on snow will satisfy the needs of the most demanding skiers. Elan has changed the game again with the new Voyager. The new concept in skiing makes traveling to the mountains easier and leaves more time for enjoying everything a good day of skiing has to offer. At the end of the day the skis simply fit into the trunk of your car, leaving more than enough space for other luggage.
Elan has been the leading innovator in the ski industry for the past 75 years. The technology involved in the Voyager project builds on the legacy of the master craftsmen from Begunje. Elan’s development team has spent years perfecting the Voyager ski at their headquarters in the Slovenian Alps in order to achieve the level of excellence that users have come to expect from their products.
The secret of the Voyager is in its revolutionary “Connect” technology® - an advanced mechanism that binds two halves of the ski into a fully functional whole. In conjunction with the carbon reinforced Fusion plate the mechanism acts as a load bearing platform, linking the two components together to provide torsional rigidity and give the ski its uncompromising performance, while enabling the ski to fold into a compact and travel friendly package that fits the requirements of airline luggage.
The final test
When Elan engineers finished their project and the Voyager skis were ready to get their first taste of snow, they had to pass one last stress test. First they had to travel to the resort town of Zermatt in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn. That part was no problem since the skis were made for traveling. But the next test would be much more demanding. At 3000 meters above the sea, the skis were given to Filip Flisar, one of the world’s best ski cross racers, to thoroughly test their resilience, functionality, and reliability. The former World Champion and World Cup champion is known for being hard on his ski gear and for being a perfectionist who leaves nothing to chance. He was more than a little surprised when he got a pair of skis that fold in the middle, but when he heard that confident click that marks the skis folding out to their full length, he could not help smiling at the coming challenge. And then it begun.
Short turns extended into longer ones, the speed went up, the jumps kept getting bigger, and the forces kept increasing. Filip shows no mercy for his sports equipment and always expects the best, and the Voyager held true, without a hitch. “I am very surprised with the ride and performance of the Voyager. In fact I can’t feel any difference with classic skis,” reported Filip. As a last test Filip thought up the ultimate test of power and resilience. He put on the skis and stepped onto two wooden blocks, one under the tips and one under the tails, with the middle of the skis suspended in mid-air. And then he started furiously jumping up and down as only he can. The skis passed this test without a problem. The results of the test can be summarized into a single sentence: “If Filip Flisar can’t destroy the Voyager, nobody can!”
EXPERIENCE FRAME: All in one bag
Elan also created a set of extending poles and a few other useful accessories to go with the folding skis. A dedicated ski bag for the Voyager is designed to fit skis and has ample room for all the remaining ski equipment on top. There are two versions of the bag available, the smaller has room for skis and poles while the larger has enough space for ski boots, clothing and a helmet. Dimensions of the bag correspond to the requirements of regular check-in luggage at airports (W + L + H < 156 cm).