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Unidentified Flying Bamboo Ski Pole Basket

Posted by Tanner Rosenthal on 01-03-11

Unidentified Flying Bamboo Ski Pole Basket:

It was a warm spring night, at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, in Sandy, UT.  The moon hung low over the alpen vista which jutted into the eastern horizon.  I was in the back yard of my house, enjoying the soft air and luna-lit landscape before me, when a vision came to mind.   It was of a ski pole, and this was no ordinary ski pole.  This ski pole was made of bamboo.  And not only was it made of bamboo, but it had baskets like none I had ever seen before. These baskets seemed alien, almost like flying saucers.  I could see them flying through Pow, Crud, Trees, Chop, Shlop, and Chunder.  It was unbelievable!  I knew at that moment I had to make them...

For the first couple of months, when I would tell people about my encounter with the UFSPB (unidentified flying ski pole baskets), some people would scoff at the idea and tell me I was just seeing things.  But then there were those who when told about my encounter, could see UFSPBs too.  Many people began seeing UFSPBs when I would tell them about it, and eventually my step-father, Mark Kriner, and his brother, Jeff Kriner stepped in and helped me tell the nay sayers “yay!”  They devised for me the basket I had seen in my vision.


The basket was almost exactly what I had seen, but I soon found it was too heavy to achieve successful flight.  That’s when I met Johnny Mod, a moto/snowcross-braaap-inspired skier, with a family background in manufacturing.  Blending my almost decade long competitive free skiing background (6 years of USSA moguls, 3 years of slopestyle, 3 years of IFSA big mountain) with Johnny’s understanding of fabrication, we became like a freshly stoked furnace, molding and shaping the design into something we could really ‘get off the ground’.  And with the help of a huge team of friends, family, and ‘unknowns’, we are now ready for “launch”.  Infinite thanks to everyone who not only saw my vision, but helped it materialize into what is in front of you now.  Welcome to pandapoles.com

Tanner "Tansnowman" Rosenthal


Planning and Visualization Dept.

Panda Poles

Cottonwood Heights, UT




  • It’s worendful to have you on our side, haha!

    Posted by Disney on February 08, 2016
  • Your insight on how to cut a mountain just got easier. May your first set of PANDA POLES sell as fast and your one hundred thousand set. Look out LEKI and SCOTT you have real competition. All the best

    Posted by Howard Shear on January 20, 2011
  • very impressive…

    Posted by Jeremy Coffman on January 20, 2011
  • Tanman, awesome site, beautiful thoughts, healing product. My heart is singing. Mamabird.
    P.S. Are you going to have the bamboo socks and shirts for sale on your site?

    Posted by Jean Bokelmann on January 20, 2011
  • I’m spreading the word! Good Luck!

    Posted by Linda Anetsberger on January 20, 2011
  • Nice one Tanman, the site looks great and so do the poles, can’t wait to get a pair.

    Posted by scottysoltronic on January 20, 2011

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