• Category: Freetouring
  • Core: Swiss-Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction with carbon stringer, 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 freeride ski.
    All skis are made to order!

  • CHF 1295.-



  • Category: Freetouring/Freeride
  • Core: Swiss-Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction with carbon stringer, 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: Swiss-Triple-Woodcore
  • Technology: Triax-Flax-Construction with carbon stringer, 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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The beginning

EARLYBIRD SKIS was founded by passionate freeskier and engineer Hanno Schwab, who is building skis since 2012. The brandname came from the idea to be the pioneer in sustainable ski engineering and the first to get on the mountain and catch a big line. The earlybird catches the best snow and is the first to use intelligent natural resources to built better performing skis. With great support and help of friends and supporting partners, we build the best performing, most sustainable skis on the market!

The idea

Freeskiing is an outdoor sport where the athlete is just a guest in nature. To keep our enviromental impact as low as possible the idea of building enviromental friendly, sustainable skis was obvious to us as engineers. The goal was to build lightweight, powerfull freeskis which beat the top skis available in performance and weight and engineered as sustainable as possible. Be the first, be an earlybird!

The product

Today we offer three different well balanced shapes for different purposes, but all with the same layup-construction: our ECO PERFORMANCE LAYUP combines regional sourced woodcores, 100% natural flax fibres, epoxy resin with lower enviromental impact, PTEX racebase made from recycled material, wooden sidewalls and topsheets, oil finish and branded logos. LEARN MORE IN THE TECH SECTION.


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.

100% 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.



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


Earlybird Ambassador, Les Arcs (France)
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.


Earlybird Ambassador, Bern (Switzerland)
Alex is a kid of the Bernese Alps. His skiing career started in the swiss skitouring team. Even though he stopped his racing career, he never lost his passion for snow. Today he is guiding his clients to summits around the world. His favourite ski terrain is alpine and steep- so watch out, dont just follow the tracks until you are sure you can. Sponsors: Sherpa Outdoor


Earlybird Ambassador, Hokkaido (Japan)
As the son of the director of the skischool in Flaine, Pierre could ski before walking.
He was a moguls racer in his early years before his passion led him to chase the powder off piste all over the world. After falling in love with Japan and and a japanese girl he decided to settle in Hokkaido. Luckily there is some snow in winter.


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 is 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