From First Avenue to first tracks

What keeps New Yorkers sane? Nothing, some would argue. Still, many try. They do yoga, therapy, run, or get a dog. I brought my skis. 

It was a partial solution, but when the snow storms hit, my three year old son and I would walk across East Side to Central Park and ski on Sheep Meadow, behind Le Pain Quotidien, and near the statue of Balto.

We later moved downtown and laid tracks on the streets of Chelsea and Hudson River Park. That’s when I started designing and making my own products. The highlight of that early phase was a Christmas market in West Village where I had my booth stacked with bags, ski straps, wallets, scarves and more.

Central Park Skiers is now based in Helsinki, Finland with a mission to create the finest equipment for skiers who ski anything, anywhere.

Joonas Luotonen