ON3P Skis is a small handmade ski brand based out of Portland, Oregon. The brand focuses on no-frills craftsmanship, with the primary focus being on the selection of materials based on durability and quality.
Founded by Scott Andrus in Tacoma, Washington, in a garage in 2005, ON3P has since expanded into an 8000 square foot factory in NE Portland. Although the location and production numbers have changed, the construction and focus on durability haven’t. The idea to press a small number of skis for himself and his friends was nearly two years old by the time the first pair of skis came out of the press. Based on the standards of quality control that the skis are put up against today, the first pairs were rough. But, they didn’t fall apart. Better yet: they skied well. After two years, the first pair of skis was validation enough to keep going.
The factory is staffed by a small crew of skiers. None of them were business majors. They aren’t a marketing team that sells product with a logo on it that they have built for them in China, like most of the rest of the ski industry. ON3P believes that in order to call it their product, they have to build it themselves.
The targeted market for the skis does not fall between a specific age range, income level, or region of the country; instead, it can be defined very simply. The targeted market is those people, man or woman, who would define themselves in some way as “skiers”. It is a part of the person they consider themselves to be. ON3P does not build skis that are for the rental audience, nor for the once-a-winter recreational skier. They build skis for people who dwell in the mountains, even when they can only be there in spirit.