I just got word on a new ski release from Surface Skis called the Save Life. It’s built on the workhorse Watch Life chassis, but with special graphics to show the love for patrollers, avalanche forecasters, guides and everyone else schlepping around the mountain to keep our sorry butts safe. What a great way to show some love to these hard-working and under-recognized individuals.

A great-looking ski that’s worthy of all the rescue personnel who put their lives at risk every day to keep us all safe. The only downside for some may be the twinned tail as it is difficult to then use them as anchors or attaching climbing skins in the wild. Still, kudos to Surface for making a great ski and donating a portion of the proceeds to some great causes. See below for details.

Here’s the word from Surface:

This one goes out to those who are up before dawn doing avalanche control work, running routes, plucking us off of rock bands when we make stupid decisions, scraping us off the bottom of park jumps when we come up 15 feet short and so on. We owe a lot to Ski Patrollers and Backcountry Rescue people. With that being said, we produced the Save Life work ski for patrollers, guides, rescue and avalanche forecasters around the world.

The Save Life is produced via the Watch Life mold and makes for a fantastic work ski for all conditions. Super lightweight and 100mm underfoot, its perfect for side-stepping, skinning and general everyday workload in the mountains. On top of it all, we are donating 10% of all revenue to WBR (Wasatch Backcountry Rescue) and ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue) to help fund those two non-profit organizations that do so much for our sport and lifestyle.

Save Life Specs

  • Maple-Poplar Wood Core
  • ABS Sidewall Construction
  • Extra Thick Edge Material
  • Binding Reinforcement Sheets
  • Screened Sintered Base
  • Mounting Points
  • Sizes: 172cm (132/100/122) and 182cm (132/100/122)

More Info: Download the Save Life Promo Sheet (PDF)

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. Mark McAllister Sierra At Tahoe Ski Partol Director on


    We are interested in your Patrolman skis. We have about 25 patrollers and are wondering how much for a group price. We would love Patrolling our Mountain on your beautiful skis.
    Mark McAllister
    530-659-7453 ext 200 (Ask for Mark, Hugh or Dan)

  2. Hey Mark!

    We don’t sell the skis, but I just so happen to know the owner of Surface and will pass your info along. Thanks for the work you guys do! I’ll have to defer to them on pricing, etc.

  3. Owen Nichols on

    my name is Owen Nichols.

    I am a patroller at Apex Mountain Resort in BC Canada. I know of many patrollers that are interested in your product. I would like to be able to give them more info on how to obtain your product.

    if you could get back to me that would be great. owen_nichols@hotmail.com

  4. Owen… I know that the crew at Surface is stoked on the response they’ve gotten on this ski. I can tell you first-hand that they have thousands already on pre-order and would love to get more nailed down.

    Mike Schneider from Surface Skis will be following up with you. I have sent him your information.

    Thanks for all you do!

  5. Hey! Those look rad! A few patrollers at grouse mountain in Vancouver are looking to find these skis. myself included and were wondering exactly where we could get ’em. Thanks!

  6. steeve parent on

    Hi!I wrote to you tree weeks ago for know if is possible to buy a skis patrollers save life edition for a few patrollers at mont ste anne quebec canada.
    If is possible write me because i want to give you an order for a few pairs of save life skis and we will very proud that make our job in a mountain with your beautiful skis! thanks

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