Innovation Lab

The accumulation of ski design expertise has not only led to the launch of three models of alpine touring skis, made in Quebec and designed to be agile and versatile, qualities required for ski touring in eastern North America. Ferreol also intends to share its research with other ski manufacturers. With its extensive expertise in ski engineering, Ferreol is developing the technologies of tomorrow.

The engineering team

Director of Operations

A master's student in mechanical engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, Jonathan Audet is working on the behavior of alpine skis on snow. He links the perceptions of skiers on snow to the set of physical properties of a ski such as geometry, flexural stiffness and torsional stiffness. His role at Ferreol is to design skis and analyze the skiability of different products.

R&D Director

Etienne oversees most of the company's research and development projects. He designs and builds the different test benches, prototypes and performs all the laboratory tests.

Specialist in ski mechanics

As part of his master's degree in mechanical engineering, he studied the vibrations of alpine skis. He is also in charge of the analysis of the durability of skis, the development of predictive numerical models of skis on snow, the environment and splitboard division.

Fields of expertise and services

Our team is able to analyze the dynamic behavior on snow and in the laboratory, as well as to perform dynamic simulations on your ski. You will then have quantitative measurements to guide your design.

Our test bench is specially designed to artificially age skis. In less than a week, the ski is flexed more than 100,000 times, the equivalent of two seasons of use. Soaking and freeze-thaw cycles also simulate extreme winter conditions. By comparing the evolution of your ski to our database, we can study the resistance and durability of your skis.

With our proprietary Ferreol ski design software, we can quickly design skis with the desired geometric properties for precise on-snow feel. Want a stable ski for downhill skiing? Our team will fine-tune the torsional stiffness distribution, length and camber of the ski to achieve this.

In order to optimize ski performance and minimize their environmental footprint, skis must be redesigned, including their materials. Ferreol has the expertise to evaluate the potential of new natural, bio-based or recyclable materials.

Ferreol places great importance on the life cycle analysis of its skis. If you also want to quantify the global warming potential of your skis, contact our experienced team.

In order to push the performance of skis to the maximum, our team has developed programs to simulate the behavior of skis on snow. This level of detail allows for an in-depth analysis of the performance and potential of new technologies or new ski designs.

Other special projects

Natural fiber skis


Ski Designer Software


High performance aluminum alloy


Ferreol Research and Development Laboratory

Located at the base of Mont-Sainte-Anne
100 Rue Industrielle, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC G0A 3C0

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