Join Stephan Drake ’99, Founder and CEO of DPS Skis, for a lunch conversation about making a mark on the ski industry. Stephan will share his story of founding a groundbreaking ski company, give details about DPS’s proprietary Phantom Wax (which promises skiers and snowboarders that they’ll never have to apply another coat of wax again) and answer questions about anything and everything powder-related.
When: May 9, 12:15pm
Where: South Commons
RSVP? Yes! RSVP to the Career Center for lunch.
Stephan Drake has spent his life cultivating high-performance powder skiing. For decades, he has lived a roaming existence with his friends centered around global storm chasing; he is currently the founder and CEO of DPS Skis. His innovative, award-winning designs have been credited with shaping modern skiing. Stephan has served as an athlete and ambassador for Patagonia clothing, has authored numerous articles, an acclaimed book, The Powder Road, and has been a featured speaker at the National Design Conference. He graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 1999.
Launched in 2005, DPS Skis— which stands for “Drake Powderworks” and is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City — now employs 50 designers, engineers, photographers, skiers, and sales reps from all over the world.
DPS introduced the world’s first and only Pure prepreg carbon fiber sandwich ski, the first 120mm powder pintail, transferred the word “rocker” from surfing to skiing—then built the first rockered ski with sidecut—and unleashed the Spoon and Spoon Technology. The fusion of space-age carbon technology and groundbreaking shaping has resulted in the world’s most advanced quiver of skis.
About Phantom Wax Technology:
- Never wax your skis or snowboards again
- Phantom hardens ski and snowboard bases to make them faster
- Consistent glide across a broad range of temperatures
- Environmentally friendly compound doesn’t harm watersheds