Unidentified Flying Bamboo Ski Pole Basket:
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...
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.
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.
Cottonwood Heights, UT