Plastic ‘Ski/Snowshoe’ Hybrid

The ski’s versatility is a hallmark. It’s designed for a wide swath of terrain and a wide swath of users, from experts needing this specialty tool in their quiver to beginners looking for an inexpensive, get-out-and-go option.

The Marquette Backcountry Ski is available this month online and at two stores in Michigan. It costs $179.

“30 percent snowshoe, 70 percent ski”

Ollila is Snapperhead Inventions’ creator and sole employee. The ski is made 100 percent in Michigan. According to Ollila, it’s built in “an ISO9000-type factory with big giant machines and large output.” He said the company can produce up to 100 pair per day.

I’m excited to test this unique new ski over the coming months. It looks perfect for backwoods terrain in places like Minnesota’s North Shore or any number of wilderness areas out East. Watch for the stout boards this winter in backcountry near you, be it on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or far beyond.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of

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