Revolution In The Ski Industry That Began On The Minnesota Prairie
Hartvig “Hart” Holmberg opened a carpentry and metal shop in St. Paul, MN in 1953 that produced customized cribbage boards, chess sets and other wood and metal games. Hartvig became known for his ability to create fine wood products. Hartvig had a brother Harry who worked as a ski engineer and designer. They knew that the addition of a seamless metal edge would revolutionize ski design. Together they began working on a prototype. After three years of creating and refining, they were ready. And, in1955 the first “hart” metal-edged ski was introduced.
By the mid-1960’s hart skis dominated the US ski market with a brand recognized around the world. Freestyle Skiing became a worldwide phenomenon in the sixties and hart products and skiers were at the forefront in the development of this new sport. The seventies, eighties and nineties saw great hart US Ski Team, Olympic and World Cup athletes such as Billy Kidd, Hank Kashiwa, Suzy Chaffee and Jonny Moseley. Today, the hart tradition for World Class athletes, product innovation and performance continues not only in freestyle skiing, but in All Mountain, Big Mountain and Powder skiing, too.