Welcome to AlpControl, the company that produces the carbon ski BlackPowder.
We also invented the Mountain Spring, a device that enables to ski with mountain boots.
The carbon ski BlackPowder :
The BlackPowder is a revolutionary carbon fiber ski, based on our "partial core" patent.
The ski's exceptionally light weight is a world record with a large shovel.
It's obtained despite thick edges (2 mm) and with no concession to performance and durability.
The Mountain Spring :
The Mountain Spring is a removable tibia support designed to ski with mountaineering boots.
The aim of this patented innovation is to have the ideal footwear for all the situations, with no compromise.
The version 2010 is made of 2 carbon fiber springs and 12 titanium parts not to exceed 380 grams (13 oz) per foot.
It's compatible with most mountaineering boots sizing EU 41-46 (26.0-30.0, UK 7-11).
The version "Custom S / M" is made of serial springs modified to fit to sizes EU 37-41 (23.0-26.0, UK 4-7).
The version "Custom Expe" even fit to bulky expedition boots.
For your next ski-mountaineering boots, you won't have to make a choice any more, between efficiency while climbing, and pleasure while skiing.
For walking and for any difficult step on rock, ice or mixt, mountaineering boots are incomparably more light, comfortable, precise and safe than ski boots.
But even whith your climbin skins, knowing that the MOUNTAIN SPRING remains in the backpack, the mass that is moving with feet is reduced between 1 and 2 Kg !
The flexibility of the ankles allows to use the muscles of the calves.
The Gore-Tex shoes regulate sweat, which reduce the risk of water blister.
You climb 25% faster with a great gain in comfort.
While skiing downhill, the carbon fiber works like a plate spring, to give a "flex" comparable to that of a good ski boot.
We invite you to visit our website in French and have a look to the photos of the prototypes and the videos of 3 tests, 1 on hard snow, the 2 others in powder. For more informations, please contact us.
The BLACK POWDER is the touring ski of Olivier MEYNET, winner of the Xtreme Verbier 2007 and three times winner of the Meije Derby.
Our test page talk about great mountainers in Manaslu, Mc Kinley, Antarctica, Cho Oyu...
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2004 : A composite materials engineer fascinated by ski touring, had the idea to develop a removable tibia support allowing to ski with mountain boots.
2006 : After 3 years of development and a dozen of prototypes, the principle of a pre-tensioned carbon fiber spring is born and quickly attract great mountaineers (teachers of the Mountain Guiding school of Chamonix, mountain guides, elite units of mountain infantry).
2007 : As the tests were decisive including in the most extreme conditions (Cho-Oyu in the Himalayas, McKinley in Alaska, attempt to break a record in Antarctica ...!) the decision to launch the mass production is taken simultaneously with the creation of the Company AlpControl.
2009 : The international jury of the ISPO BRAND NEW AWARDS selected AlpControl to be a finalist among more than 300 brands in competition.
2009 : AlpControl signed a contract with a world-class ski maker, AZ Atelier, to develop the BLACK POWDER, a revolutionary carbon fiber ski based on our "partial core" patent.
2010 : In its first season, the BLACK POWDER has already been used for pretigious summits like the Mc Kinley, the Muztagata and the Shisha Pangma.
2010 : The JEC COMPOSITE INNOVATION PROGRAM rewarded AlpControl in the category sport industry.
2010/2011 : The Black Powder "is the reference for ski-mountaineering" according to Montagnes Magazine and many other testers.