• Norwegian version
  • Skiproduksjon ca. 1922

  • 1963: Tømmersaga på bildet ble satt opp i 1950 etter brannen. Den opprinelige sagen stod lenger opp på eiendommen. På bildet ser du blant annet (f.v) Lars Åsnes, ukjent, Leif Åsnes og ukjent.

  • 1967: Tjukkelsehøvelen ble brukt for å justere tykkelsen på matrialene før de skulle lamineres. På bildet ser dere Jon Åsnes.

  • 1948: Den selbyggde snekka til Lars Rivedal (far til Åsnes brødrene) ble brukt til transport av mangt. Her ser dere transport av tømmer.

  • I 1967 var fortsatt de fleste prosesser manuelle i produksjon. Det var ingen CNC freser som gjorde jobben.På bildet ser du Lars Åsnes som var 2. generasjon Åsnes

  • Karl Åsnes er i full sving med å lakkere treski (1967). De fleste treski ble både beiset og lakert. Beisen var i hovudsak design relatert og lakken for bedre holdbarhet og finish.

  • 1962: (f.v.) Magnus Åsnes og Leif Åsnes. Leif var en av de opprinnelige grunnlegerne.
    Fabrikken er den same som ble bygget i 1949-50.

  • I 1948 ble fabrikken totalskadet av brann og i løpet av 2 år hadde familien Åsnes reist en ny fabrikk på hele 250 kvm

  • 1967: Blokkpresse ble brukt til laminering av trevirke som senere skulle bli treski. På bilde ser dere (f.v.) Jon Leirpoll og ukjent Leirpoll.

  • Ingen tvil om at det var solide dimensjoner på en del av tømmeret som ble brukt i produksjon. På bildet ser du Jonas Åsnes, som var en av grunnleggerne

  • Arnulf Åsnes med et utvalg gamle Åsnes modeller. Bildet er fra slutten av 70 tallet

Åsnes history

For 90 years, Åsnes has produced rough skis for winter hiking and mountaineering. The story started in 1910, when the oldest of the Åsnes brothers went to Christiania (Oslo) to work at Hagen ski factory. There he learned the profession of ski production, and already in 1913, four out of six Åsnes brothers worked in Hagen ski factory.

In 1922 two of the brothers stated ski production at Straumsnes under the name “Brødrene Åsnes skifabrikk”. Production started first in the old barn that was raised in 1696, but after 11 years, it was too small and a new factory was built on the farm. The new factory was in total 200 square meters.

The family was pore and had limited founding. They bought timber across the fjord, and payment was done with fish Catch’ d during the crossing. The timber was towed back to the factory using a rowboat. There were several reasons why they bought timber of the root: It was cheaper and they could choose the best timber for ski production. Out of the timber came the finest ski that has ever been seen in the country of Norway.

Åsnes has a long and rich history marked by hard work and iron will. The Åsnes Family built the first factory in 1933 and in 1937 the brothers got their first order to the Royal Armey. For the first time, they had to hire people who were not within the family. The village got electric power in 1947, and although Åsnes brothers had gotten hold of a used power plants in 1934 it all became easier when the village and the factory got electricity. In autumn 1948 the factory was totally destroyed in a huge fire, but within two years the family raised a new factory by volunteer work. The new factory was entire 250 square meters in base area and 2 1/2 floor. The factory was later extended several times and was in the end more than 2,600 sqm. in floor area.

Åsnes had its absolute heyday in 1977 with over 70 employees at its peak. They produced 137,000 pairs of skis in the factory, and 45% of the volume was exported to the US and Canada. Early 80s were characterized by harder competition and a tough market. It did not help that Åsnes pioneered the fiberglass skis, which had steel-rimmed. In 1982 the number of employees dropped to 40 FTEs but Åsnes regained an upsurge in 1984/85 due to the growing trend of Telemarking. Many old Telemarker’s will recall both A ski and Comp Ski.

In 1998, Brødrene Åsnes Ski AS was bankrupt and a new company was established with regional investors. Åsnes was no longer a family company. The new company was named Åsnes Ski AS and was operated until 2006.

Two ski enthusiastic guys from Voss had a dream of running their own ski brand. Øyvind Lauritzen and Hans Engelsen Eide bought the company, and Åsnes was integrated into Skigutane AS (Skiing Boys). Many steps were made on the design, marketing and product. It was made investment in both machinery and in development, but after two years of operation with low profitability and recruitment challenges, it was decided to close the plant in Straumsnes. All production was moved to Åre ski factory which at that time also was owned by Skigutane.

Today Åsnes is market leader in its segment and annually produces around 30,000 pairs of skis. Åsnes is known for high quality skis and the skin-insert system that was introduced in 2003. All ski production takes place today in Czech Republic and Sweden on solid factories with high knowledge of ski production. The design and development is done by 3rd generation Åsnes family – Asbjørn Åsnes and of course our ambassadors.

Åsnes is today best known for mountain ski, which is also used for many extreme expeditions, but have also focuses on more playful skis intended for Mountain Touring.

Åsnes is today part of the company Active Brands AS, who among many brands also own the brand Kari Traa, Sweet Protection and Bjørn Dæhlie.

www.activebrands.com

We in Åsnes looking forward to the future and many happy years of skiing

 

Get in contact

Active Brands AS, avd. Åsnes
Regimentsvegen 158
5705 VOSS
E-post: post@asnes.com
Tel: +47 56 51 98 00