Backcountry Skiing Accessories
Soft Boot Bindings
Alpine Snowboard Accessories
Backcountry Skiing Accessories
Soft Boot Bindings
Alpine Snowboard Accessories
The Original is the first ski shape developed by Prior in 2003 and although it’s been refined over the years, stays true to its roots as a versatile all mountain directional twin. With a waist of 95mm and a traditional camber profile, the Original promises edge to edge performance while maintaining stability, rebound and added pop. The Original maximizes versatility and has been a popular ski amongst the local Whistler community when the 20cm rule isn’t in effect, whether in the park or tearing up the groomers.
Profile: Traditional Camber provides excellent edge hold, energy and acceleration from turn-to-turn.
Ride: Smooth and stable, the Original is an excellent choice for all-mountain, freeride versatility.
Conditions: All mountain performance: powder, steeps, hardpack, groomers, moguls, natural and manmade features and varied terrain.
Mounting Recommendations - The Original can be mounted in both a directional and progressive stance. Its recommended boot center is ideal for all-mountain, directional skiers. If you’re looking to achieve a centered stance for switch skiing, the mounting point can be moved forward as far as dead center, giving the skier the same amount of nose as tail.
Available in traditional Quadglass Construction or XTC Carbon Construction.
XTC Carbon Construction
Prior’s high-performance XTC Carbon Construction brings ski technology to the next level. XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade on all ski models and saves an average of 600 grams (1lb 5oz) off each pair. Weight reduction continues to be a key to backcountry skiing as less weight means more vertical, with less physical exertion. Ensuring that there is no decrease in performance with weight savings is often thought of as the Holy Grail for backcountry gear manufacturers and Prior’s XTC Carbon Construction takes a big leap towards that spiritual cup. In layman’s terms XTC Carbon Construction uses the same vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls and bases and nylon topsheets as in their traditional construction but replaces the fibreglass weave with our proprietary XTC carbon weave.
Our quadraxial glass/carbon composite (quad glass) is a stitched fabric with fibers running in four directions (+30, -30, 0 and +90 degrees). It also contains two 6cm-wide, 10-count carbon strips running lengthwise down center of each ski. The quadglass material is layered on each side of a vertically laminated maple woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls, 4001 sintered bases and nylon topsheets. The fiberglass/carbon configuration of quadglass creates a responsive, long lasting ride with excellent torsional stability. The additional directional weave creates enhanced torsional stiffness in comparison to the triaxial fibreglass construction.
Cat Mitchell Roy
Cat Mitchell Roy originally came to Whistler on a road trip from Qubec. She fell in love with the area and a visit that was supposed to last two weeks is now going on five years. The mountains feed the soul and inspire Cat to be creative. Before moving to Whistler, she obtained a bachelor's degree at Bishop's University with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Fine Arts. Whistler is an ideal place for these two passions.
Cat has had a love for the arts since she was a toddler. Art has become her form of meditation and escape. With much of her recent work containing fine lines, detail and pattern, she gets lost in a piece for hours at a time. Her preferred mediums are painting and ink drawing, with surrealist, art nouveau and comic book art influences.
Check out CMR ART on facebook to see more of her artwork.
Olivier moved from Montreal to Whistler in 1992 after getting a degree in fine art. Since then he has been pursuing the dual life of professional snowboarder and artist. In recent years Olivier has been focusing on larger canvases, doing live painting events and also painting large-scale murals in Montreal with the Mu organization. In his personal work, he is inspired by the dramatic West Coasts scenery and active lifestyle he leads.
Olivier enjoys exploring different subject matters and painting techniques with every new piece. He has been part of numerous galleries and group shows including his first solo exhibit in 2009 at Le Centre in Vancouver and, in 2011, and a major group show with the En Masse collective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Currently, he spends his time between Montreal and Whistler working as a snowboard coach, freelance artist/graphic designer, muralist and set painter on major circus, theatre and motion picture productions.
Oli's Screaming Trees graphic represents his the third topsheet he has contributed to the Prior line.
A Haida native from Skidegate in the Queen Charlotte Islands, Clarence Mills is an established Haida artist known throughout the world. His works sell in museums, galleries and native art shops throughout Europe and North America. He creates glass totems, engraved silver and gold jewelry, cedar and glass bowls, doors and limited edition prints, but Mills’ claim to fame rests in his prowess as a carver.
He was a featured artist at Expo 86 in Vancouver and Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia where he carved a six meter totem pole that graced the entrance outside the Canadian Pavilion. In 1997, he was commissioned to carve a 4 meter high cedar totem for a native exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Mills has been given a gift from his ancestors. He endows his creations with a powerful energy, smooth flowing style and images that speak through his symbolic Haida figures. He strives for one achievement – to begin a process for many people who have never understood their connection to the spirits of the land and all its creatures.
The Haida Eagle Topsheet is the most popular graphic ever used in the Prior line and this current version of it is the 4th year that it has been in the line in various forms.
My name is Helen.
Among many things, I like to paint.
For many years now I have wanted my art on a ski or snowboard top sheet. Needless to say I am very excited. I just wanted to create something beautiful, and something I Love.
I hope you appreciate what is in front of you, as it is my work at its finest.
Vanessa Stark’s (Nes’) work is heavily influenced by mountain life. It is a colorful harmony of bold lines and whimsical movement brought together in perfect balance.
Her intuitive painting style has developed into a unique signature style. As in nature, there is never a perfectly straight line or completely still moment. There is a story in every piece. Vanessa moved to Whistler at a very young age to pursue her love of riding mountains.
She now lives in Pemberton where she continues to ride boards and bikes with the new addition of chasing around a 1 year old toddler.
Hit up vanessastarkart.com for a closer look at her work.
Originally from the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, Raffaella Vaz has snowboarded her way around the World finally arriving in the stunning Whistler and Pemberton area. Inspired by BC’s Coast Mountains nature and formally trained in fine arts, Raffaella uses her bachelor degree in animation to beautifully characterize the essence of the region in her art. Raffaella Vaz embraces the joy of working with locally sourced raw materials like cedar wood, birch bark, stone, paper and canvas.
Framed in nature. Drawn from Imagination , comprised of Love VAZ ART
Raphael studied graphic arts in Niagara until 2006 and has since been in whistler, living the dream and painting paintings in his spare time.
Baz is a painter living and working in Whistler, B.C. since 2011, originally hailing from Ireland, where he picked up drawing at a young age. Baz used anything he could get his hands on, sometimes leading to bad consequences, though ultimately, developing his style. Using aerosol and paint markers as the main ingredients of his palette, these days his work consists of mostly various mixed media, in all shapes and sizes. Focusing primarily on obscure subject matter and the use of bright complimentary colours and bold dark outlines. Growing up surrounded by the bold imagery in mediums such as graphic design, illustration and local graffiti is where Baz sources his inspiration. Living in such a great place as Whistler for the last couple years, Baz has got the chance to exhibit his work in events such as: State of the Art and Artwalk . He has also been involved in various group exhibitions with the Whistler Arts Council and produced numerous Pique newspaper magazine covers with hopefully many more projects to come.
My name is Helen Judge, but most people just call me Melon.. A nickname thats stuck since primary school. I love doing weird and mostly low brow art the most, like creatures, cyclops, crazy bright colors or patterns. Ive gotten really into that graphic style and mostly influenced by Jim Phillips. Im inspired by any art that you don’t usually see thats different and weird (and not your generic ‘bubblebee with flower’ type artwork).
The Prior shop has been making custom "one off" snowboards since 1990. The layout and design of our factory has been built with this in mind. We can make a board to pretty much any shape and flex pattern you want. The following chart outlines prices for common revisions to existing templates:
|Custom flex (softer or stiffer)||$70*|
*These prices are estimates, and are variable depending on the shape and your specific request. 1cm widening or above needs a custom template.
Complete Custom Shapes
If your dream board requires more than the revisions listed above please email us with your ideas. Some discussion will be required to determine the best performance results. Ultimately the price will be determined by the complexity of the project.
4-8 weeks upon confirmed order.
Above surcharges are in addition to price of board.
Prices may change depending upon degree of difficulty.
length restrictions = 205cm
width restrictions = tip/tail 34cm, waist 28.5cm
Prior has been offering custom graphics since 1990 and provides a complete custom topsheet and base graphic service. This is ideal for riders who want a one-of-a-kind look on their Prior board, and for companies who desire special corporate gifts and/or promotions.
|Single||One off custom topsheets||$300|
|2-5 units||Custom topsheets||$275|
|6-10 units||Custom topsheets||$230|
|11+ units||Custom topsheets||Call/email|
|Single||One off custom diecut base||$300|
|2-5 units||Custom diecut base||$275|
|6-10 units||Custom diecut base||$230|
|11+ units||Custom diecut base||Call/email|
Topsheet design and color options are almost unlimited. We can print topsheets of photo color quality. All topsheets are sublimated onto a white, gloss nylon topsheet for a professional look and finish. (sorry we cannot sublimate onto a clear topsheet material). Above prices based on receipt of art in digital file format in either of the following formats:
* For art that is done in vector based (ie. Illustrator or similar) program we require artwork in PDF or AI format.
* For bit mapped based art (ie. Photoshop or similar) we require TIFF, PSD or PDFformats. The File size must be 300 DPI in rectangular shape that measures 6cm longer than desired board length x 34cm wide. Note that files will likely be in excess of 100MB and can be sent by Dropbox etc or droped off at the factory.
Prior offers diecut custom bases in one to three colors. As base colors are actually cut with a knife there are some design limitations. We ask that you first email a low res jpeg file to us for review and approval.
For any custom topsheet or shaping project you will need to contact our sales staff for guidance and accurate quotes. Please email will (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 604 935 1923 to chat about your custom artwork.
We also provide a shipping and tax estimate calculator in our online shopping cart with estimates and options based on the weight of your order and destination of delivery.