• Category: Freetouring
  • Core: Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction, Classic Camber with Tip&Tail Rocker, Tip&Tail Taper
  • Radius: 16,8 m, 19,8 m, 22,8 m
  • Sidecut: 128-98-114
  • Weight (per ski): 1600 g @ 176 cm
  • Lenghts: 166 cm, 176 cm, 186cm
  • With a mere 98mm, the NUTCRACKER is our smallest bird in the nest. With its combination of a classic camber, Tip&Tail rocker and Taper, it is a good-natured, high-performance ski that is at home in high mountain regions. The NUTRACKER is ideal for the ambitious free ride ski tourer, who tackles longer, more challenging climbs or enjoys a haute-route, but doesn't want to do without the downhill fun of a free ride ski.
    All skis are made to order!

  • CHF 1295.-


  • Category: Freetouring/Freeride
  • Core: Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction, Full Rocker, Tip&Tail Taper
  • Radius: 19,9 m, 23,5 m, 27,4 m
  • Sidecut: 134-112-126
  • Weight (per ski): 1760 g @ 176 cm
  • Lenghts: 166 cm, 176 cm, 186 cm
  • The best of both worlds - lightweight on the inside, with all the characteristics of a freeride-oriented downhill ski on the outside. The JACKDAW is an reliable buddy on extended trips, the medium free ride width provides enough buoyancy for slopes covered in deep snow. Thanks to the construction with Full-Rocker,Tip&Tail Taper and a slightly tighter set-up than the MERLIN, the JACKDAW is an easy ride. Even in varying snow conditions it's all fun and games!
    All skis are made to order!

  • CHF 1295.-


  • Category: Freetouring/Freeride
  • Core: Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction, Full Rocker, Tip&Tail Taper
  • Radius: 19,9 m, 23,5 m, 27,4 m
  • Sidecut: 144-122-136
  • Weight (per ski): 1880 g @ 176 cm
  • Lenghts: 176 cm, 186 cm
  • The wider version of the JACKDAW. Wider and slightly softer in its flex, the MERLIN has the perfect features for a big day. Powder is its natural habitat. Whether enjoying wide open slopes or playful pillow lines through the forest, the MERLIN will be your perfect companion for your adventure! Thanks to its low weight, the MERLIN can be taken on day trips, where it feels most at home after a fresh dump.
    All skis are made to order!


  • CHF 1295.-


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  • You can choose of a wide variety of bindings and accessories like crampons. As we build lightweight freeride skis, we suggest to mount PinTech-bindings only to get all advantages for your freetouring experience. We work together with MARKER, Dynafit and ATK. If you have a special request, please contact us! All our testskis are mounted with the MARKER KingPin 10 testbindings.


  • Designed for experienced ski tourers, the Climb Pro Glide mixed structure skin is ideal for multi-day expeditions, offering extra performance and gliding qualities. Material: Mohair 70 % / Nylon 30 %. Made for Earlybird Skis by our swiss partner POMOCA.

Earlybird Skis

  • Finally! The new beanies arrived! Two shapes, two designs, and five different colors. Choose your favourite. These beanies are exclusively handmade for us by Caramba in Peru and with buying these, you fully support the Caramba charity project in Peru! Price: standard style: 59CHF, beanie style long: 69CHF - 100% Baby Alpaca wool- the finest wool you can find! 
    You can buy the `earlybirdskis beanies` exclusively at earlybird skis; contact us at or at Facebook!


  • Sustainable by design

  • Earlybirdskis combines the latest eco-responsible rawmaterials to build skis at highest performance. We make no compromises. We combine regional swiss wood in a triplewood skicore, natural swiss flax-fibres instead of carbon or glass fibres, a biobased epoxyresin and a sintered graphit racebase made with recycled rawmaterials and we use a 100% biobased skiwax. The top-sheet is made out of robinia vaneer, all logos are branded. The finish is made with a two-component natural oil. 

  • Regional wood

  • Every piece of wood is handselected to ensure perfect quality of the cores. We buy from a local, family run sawmill. Every tree comes from the surrounding forests, the energy is produced by their own pv on site. Made out of ultralight and flexible poplar, strong and flexible ash and ultra dense robina (sidewalls) these cores are at the top of the range without using any imported raw materials.
  • Natural Fibre Composites

  • Bcomp flax has very similar characteristics than carbon fibres but offers much better damping, the raw material is 100% natural. The epoxyresin has a lower environmental impact than standard systems.

  • Production line

  • To reduce the enviromental impact, our press was constructed from an ultrastrong beech-plywood material instead of steel.  It is an pneumatic press with a PID controlled heating system. The skimolds are CNC machined to ensure highest quality.

  • Handmade

  • Every process of the production is made in our professional workshop near Bern. We work with enthusiasm to build the best skis for epic powder days! All skis are made to order. 

  • Natural finish

  • We use branding-irons for our topsheet design. Branding wood is absolutely harm free. The surface of the vaneer is burned and changes color which is a perfect contrast to the color of the oiled wooden topsheet vaneer.

  • Quality and safety

  • Our workshop is situated on an organic farm, but our products are tested at hightech laboratories. To ensure quality and safety, our skis are tested to highest industry standards in collaboration with the renowned material-experts from BFH-University in nearby town of Biel.
  • Testriding

  • No laboratory test can replace a testride. And thats the nicest part of building skis: taking a new pair out to the mountains, hiking up and testing what you built with your own hands. And it works!

    Please contact us at if you want to test a pair!

  • Earlybird Skis is based in Bern, Switzerland. The company was founded by passionate freeskier Hanno Schwab, who is building skis since 2012. With the great support of a lot of good friends, the `Craetivehub Foundation` and the `Bernese Design Foundation`, we produce the most sustainable freeride and freetouring skis on the market.
  • Janine

  • Earlybird Ambassador, Innsbruck (Austria)

    Janine grew up in the mountains of Montafon, Austria, and completed a ski racing career. After racing got boring she decided to search freedom out of boundaries and that is where you can find her today. She`s competing in FWQ and several other freeride competitions. Besides of that she loves travelling the world on skis, so lets see what`s coming next. Sponsors: VAUDE, Silvretta Montafon


  • William

  • Earlybird Ambassador, Les Arcs (France)

    Born on the french coast, William decided to dedicade his winter life to skiing after he won his first freeride competitions. Besides competing in FWQ and several other Freeride competitions he`s doing more and more Freetouring. As founder of the association Bioskieur he tries to sensitize people about eco aspects of wintersport. Sponsors: VAUDE, CEBE, POMOCA, DYNAFIT and more.

  • Johanna

  • Earlybird Ambassador, Kempten (Germany)

    Johanna grew up skiing and touring around the 'Allgäuer Alps'. Spending a winter season in Revelstoke, introduced the Canadian way of living and skiing. Visiting friends from that time in Norway, the French Alps and Japan made the best ski trips for the winters after. Johanna competes in FWQ and several other freeride competitions where you can find her quite often at the podium. Sponsors: VAUDE

  • Earlybird Ambassador, Fribourg (Switzerland)

    As a creative freerider, illustrator and traveller Simon is home in the mountains of Switzerland. Whether he is backflipping some cliff in the mountains of his hometown Fribourg or drawing a poster for Zinal Freeride, skiing is not just a sport to him. Simon has a very creative approach to skiing, it`s a big part of his everyday life. Sponsors: PATAGONIA, JULBO, SCARPA
  • Pierre

  • Earlybird Ambassador, Hokkaido (Japan)

    Pierre lives in Hokkaido since three years now after falling in love with the japanese powder (and a girl).
    Growing up as a son of the director of the skischool in Flaine, France, he could ski before walking. He is a licensed skiinstructor and dedicated freerider and skitourer who is chasing the japanese powder.
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