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Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

Steve Kneller, an all-over-the-mountain downhill skier in Breckenridge, Colo., takes his skiing seriously. For years, Kneller, 58, a geologist who hits the trails five times a week, burned through pair after pair of big-name skis–like Icelantics, Fischers and Vlkls–because of all the sharp dodging and turning he does on Breckenridge’s black-diamond slopes. So when it came time to buy a new pair this season, Kneller hung up his latest pair of made-in-China Dynastars for skis better equipped to handle some serious mileage. He shelled out $649–$300 more than he paid for his previous pair–for skis handcrafted in Denver by David Liechty,…
Photo Credit: Alana Celii for TIME