Grown Experience

Building Eco Skis with ETH Engineering Students

The course with the ETH engineering students was a huge success.

See the summary and movies about the course, the finished skis and the final ski test in St. Anton.


Grown at ISPO 2017

Grown is again part of the “brands for good” community at the booth of Greenroom Voice in Hall B6/124.

Come visit us, learn about our portfolio, share a good talk amongst other committed brands and outdoor sports enthusiasts.



Mid season sale – Overgrown free ride ski+binding Marker Lord

We offer for sale a package of the Overgrown big mountain skis with allmountain genes – mounted with a Maker Lord free ride binding with adjustable sole thickness, so it can be used with classic alpine and with ski touring boots with a thicker sole.

The set is available in the lengths 178cm and 186cm, with 111m width under foot.





Single prices:
Overgrown 600€ (on sale from 950€)
Marker Lord 280€

Set price for sale:

660€ – one pair, so first serve first come!

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Open position: Community Manager (part-time 20h/month Nov ’16 – March ’17)

Open position advertised 01.11.16

Community Manager (part-time 20h/month Nov ’16 – March ’17)

We seek a Community Manager (f/m) to support Grown this coming winter season in building our community by digital communication and real events, supporting the founding director and the Grown friends team.

Job description

The ideal candidate is a ski/Telemark/snowboard instructor or/and mountain guide with a strong value-based interest and spirit in and for sustainability. The offered position is part-time with a paid equivalent of about 20h of work per month, for the period November ‘16 until March ‘17. Ideally, the candidate is a student and/or works as a ski instructor/guide this coming winter, based in the central Alps (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Northern Italy, France), and this part-time position is a valuable addition to her/his other job since it can be done from anywhere with flexible working hours.

In close collaboration with the founding director of Grown, the candidate will support website development, digital marketing, event organization and management; s/he will assist in daily routine tasks and has the chance to contribute to the design of new products and trips. The community manager will actively support the growth of our sales distribution network, help to build new partnerships, and manage 2-3 weekend events on-site. There is no fixed work place; the community manager works independently organized from her/his own mountain office or café, while being easily reachable by digital means and willing to travel between Innsbruck and Grenoble.

Required skill set

The ideal candidate is a great communicator who easily connects with people; s/he is independently organized, capable to multi-task and has an education/training in sustainability or related topics. S/he is a snowsports instructor or/and mountain guide, is fluent in both spoken and written English, and speaks at least one other alpine language (German, Italian or French). Language skills are most critical for this position. Furthermore, the candidate is experienced working with WordPress based websites, likes to write short marketing texts and narratives, is photo affine and creative.

We offer a unique experience in a highly innovative and creative, research-based outdoor sports and eco design business, great contact networks, and an adequate salary. Starting date is asap in November.

Applications contain a motivation letter, a CV with picture and information on snow sports and digital communication experience, and a one-half-page text about marketing a new eco friendly Grown splitboard. This info should be sent by email as one .pdf file to, attention Dr. Tobias Luthe. More information can be found at Download the job description as a pdf document.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis.

ETH Zurich: Grand Challenges in Ski Design

Technical University of Zurich – Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Institute of Design, Materials and Fabrication – Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures

Grown is contributing to the ETH course

Grand Challenges in Engineering Design 

The course Grand Challenges in Engineering Design (visit course website)  by Prof. K. Shea covers the topic of design processes through the example of skis.
The course includes theoretical lectures about the basics of ski design such as structural concepts, mechanics of skis, and ski testing as well as practical lectures with guest speakers from academia and industry.

Dr. Tobias Luthe, founder of Grown, offers in this course a lecture on systemic design: what is a whole systems approach to design on the example of skis? How can ecological, social, technical and economic aspects be integrated to design sustainable solutions?

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Figure by Blizzard, J. L. and L. E. Klotz. 2012. A framework for sustainable whole systems design. Design Studies 33(5).

Grown Experience – Ski the Greater and Lesser Caucasus, Georgia, March 2017

Join a unique Grown Experience in partnership with to the wild Caucasus mountain ranges in Georgia.

Travel date: March 10-20, 2017

Cat skiing untouched power stashes in a new private ski terrain in the Lesser Caucasus is developing a private cat skiing base in the Lesser Caucasus, bringing fair economic development to a very isolated and wild region. You can be amongst the first skiers experiencing this exciting development of fair tourism. On the day of arrival we will ski the afternoon and then spend three full days of backcountry powder skiing with snowcat access from two rustic wooden cabins in the middle of nowhere.


Lift-accessed freeriding in Gudauri ski resort, Greater Caucasus

On the fifth day we will travel North to the Greater Caucasus near the Russian border and ski one day the powder in this huge and steep mountain range, accessed from the slopes of Gudauri ski resort.


Ski mountaineering Kazbek mountain, 5047m asl, on the Russian border

The following three days we will prepare to climb and ski Kazbek mountain – with 5047m asl an impressive endeavor with the Russian-Georgian border crossing the summit. The last day is free to ski Gudauri resort or relax, before we get back to the airport in Kutaisi.


Further information, price and booking coming soon.

Grown ski adventure – traversing the French Alps end of January 2016

Join the Grown skis Trans-France ski trip from Lake Genevea to Nice in the Mediterranean from 29.1.-7.2.2016: 800km of travel distance, 450km on skis and on snow, skiing 30 ski resorts, climbing about 3’000m on skins only, skiing down 42’000m vertical! A climate friendly freeride adventure using only existing ski lift infrastructure and public transport to ski as much as possible while exploring the French Alps with their world class skiing and their natural, cultural and culinaric secrets.

Grown ski adventure to the High Sierra of California end of March 2016

Join us for a wild adventure to ski, soak in desert hot springs and learn about sustainable design in the Californian High Sierra from 26.03.-02.04.2016. We stay in a unique building, sustainable designed, in the high desert near Bishop and Mammoth Mountain, the Swall-Institute. World class spring corn skiing and touring, desert light and hot springs deliver a special setting to explore the place.

Grown ski adventure to the Arctic of Spitsbergen in April 2016

Join Grown to ski the Polar bear country and experience arctic change in Spitsbergen from 21.-28.04.2016. We offer a unique trip to the Arctic wilderness that combines ski mountaineering, snow kiting and dog sledging with wildlife observation and learning about climate change and life in the Arctic.

Ski test 2014/15 model ‘TheOnly’ tested the Grown allmountain ski ‘TheOnly’, for the season 2014/15. The test proofed the ski capacities to carve on hard pack, perform in powder, remain stable in high speeds – the ultimate all mountain tool. Test summary: “Gibst du TheOnly eine straffe Führung und hast die nötige Power in den Beinen, dann wird er der einzige Ski für dich sein, dann brauchst du nichts anderes.” – “If you have the power in your legs to tell TheOnly what to do, then this will be the only ski for you, then you won’t need anything else.”