Utah is home of the Greatest Snow on Earth and ski manufacturers have slowly followed. Now home to a myriad of ski companies from the big boys like Salomon, Atomic and Rossignol down to Black Diamond and all the way down to boutique ski manufacturers like Bluehouse, DP Skis and Surface Skis, Utah is the mecca of both powder and ski companies.

Over the past few seasons, the ski industry has experienced a renaissance. Fat skis have become fatter, camber has disappeared, tips have become more pronounced and waistlines have become pear-shaped. It’s definitely been interesting as I’ve watched this evolution happen. While some of the larger manufacturers have been slower to adopt these advances, many small, more agile ski companies are embracing them to the benefit of riders like you and me.

Surface Skis has been quietly churning out high-quality skis suitable for the pipe, park, powder and big mountain for several years now. Born from a dream while living in Alta, Utah, these skis are built to keep you on your A-game with designs built for demanding skiers and discerning color palates. Lets see what makes these skis tick.

Surface Skis Live Life

Born with the intent to help you live the life… the 100+ days per year life. My best years were in the 50-60 day range, so with the Live Life, I’d still have plenty of room to grow–and so would you. With a wide 112mm waist and an early-rise tip, the Live Life is built to tackle the pow both in and out-of-bounds. This should be your “go-to ski” with enough sidecut to carry you from the top of the tram all the way down the Road to Provo at Snowbird. Available in two sizes: 179 and 189 cm with an MSRP of $599.

Surface Skis Live Life Skis

Surface Skis Live Life 2

Take the Live Life, tweak the flex and exaggerate the rocker (called 3-stage rocker) and you’ve got the Live Life 2. With the same profile as the Live Life (140 / 112 / 132), the LL-2 is a powder tool built to charge hard when the snow is piled high and deep, yet still versatile enough to get you back to the base via the corduroy highway. Available in two sizes: 179 and 189 cm with an MSRP of $599.

Surface Skis Live Life 2 Skis

More Info: Visit SurfaceSkis.com

About Author

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly 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. Surface LL-2 is the best ski ever made! Only ski I need for everyday riding, from park to pipe to deep steep pow lines they are the only thing to live life on!

  2. Richard Desautel on

    Hey all you crud busters, pow shredders, and all mountain attackers. If you ski all of the above, this ski is the one for you. For a fat ski, it carves like a racing ski, on powder u feel like ur floating on a cloud and on crud it drives through it like a hummer! its playful enof to make u wanna catch big air of jumps just like a kid again! This ski does it all with out compermise. its the best ski i have ever ridin on.
    Oh and i almost forgot to mention that my daughters friends said that they do very well going switch down the mountain and on park and pipe.

    I’m sold.

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