About Us

We are the United States Ski Pole Company (USSPC), the only manufacturers of 100% carbon fiber ski poles in the USA. Based in Northern Michigan, we are focused on quality, comfort and performance, over price. If you expect the best, we are here to deliver. 100% satisfaction guaranteed with all our Nordic skiing products. We don’t just make ski poles; we make ski poles you’ll enjoy skiing with year after year.

Andy Liebner
Owner

 

COMPANY STORY

The U.S. Ski Pole Company (USSPC) is a small family business in Northern Michigan. It is founded by retired Nordic skier and author of Wild Shot, Andy Liebner. Originally from Soldotna, Alaska, Andy was inspired to make better products than what was being offered by overseas manufacturers in the skiing industry. He has developed a state-of-the-art elite line of ski poles and promotes the use of Canadian-developed rollerskis, Rundlesport.

Because of Andy’s degrees in Coaching and Nutrition from Northern Michigan University (NMU) and University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Andy wanted to make a greater impact on the enjoyment and international competitiveness within U.S. and Canadian skiers. No other company will visit small remote towns to offer free coaching clinics, demo sessions, give speeches about sports nutrition and be able to passionately inspire the youth to continue in the great healthy sport of Nordic skiing than Andy and USSPC.

We at USSPC are more than a ski pole company; we’re a team of passionate people who love to see others succeed and make the most of life. Our team of carbon fiber experts provide a best in class two-year warranty. We’re ready to sponsor athletes, teams, and promote local ski shops to boost the U.S. economic job growth within the winter sport industry. As each winter brings its own unknowns, we encourage maximizing the season with health, fitness, and invitations to our family and friends to join the sport and become skiers, which increases sport size and strength as a competitive nation.

We use our own advanced carbon fiber construction method, equipment and processes, resulting in unique ski poles. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued us several patents for the clever and practical functionality of our components. With our machines and technology located in the U.S.A. we have the capabilities and the advantage to quickly make custom colored ski pole components and individualized graphics.

Each order we receive helps and the dollars are utilized in the most effective long-term way. This not only supports the work we’ve already done, but helps us develop even better products for years to come.

Thank you for all of your support, any purchases made and positive referrals throughout the skiing industry.

Your friends at USSPC!

 

OUR TEAM

Many hours of preparation and teamwork goes into making every pair of ski poles. Here at USSPC, we have a specialized team of workers for every step of the process and all play a very important role in the development of the United States Ski Pole Company.

Andy – Founder, majority owner:

Andy is the lifeblood of USSPC. He’s a USCG Veteran and received an Honorable discharge in 2005. He earned a BA in Physical Education / Coaching, and Nutrition from Northern Michigan University where he was the ski team Captain, MVP, and U.S. National Collegiate skier of the year in 2011. This ski experience earned 4XNCAA All-American and coaching passion combined passion combined opens all doors necessary for the demo clinics Andy has been hosting across the continent over the past several years. Andy has also deferred all work pay to keep the company moving forward, so he earns 100% of his income from coaching privately online. Andy also wrote and published a book in 2011 titled, ‘Wild Shot’ - Struggles and Successes in Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing. Andy is gifted with an innovative engineering eye and hands of mechanical greatness, so many of the machinery improvements were fabricated by Andy’s concepts and direct application. He worked seasonally for Holmenkol, a German based ski wax company, where he self-built a 1,000+ ski industry contact database. His athletic experience and industry contacts have been the foundation of the business start-up and continued growth.

Roger (Andy’s father) – Educator and financial adviser, Ret.:

Roger offered to step in and offer the business employees HR services, retirement plans, and has been the prime purchasing officer and manager for all 15 textile pieces, which go into USSPC’s most fan favored component, the deluxe thermal straps. Through months of fabric sourcing and testing, cutting applications, and preparing sewing companies, Roger has mastered this process better than all our worldly competitors and we have a 100% customer retention rate who use the deluxe thermal straps. He volunteers during time imminent orders to help ensure USSPC will deliver efficiently and with top quality perfection.

David – Product Finalization Specialist:

David was one of the first employees hired and has seen every step of the large transition of the production line. He has achieved all production certifications and without question can be depended upon to follow through with any task requested of him to the best of his ability. David has been and will remain a key employee with USSPC. Prior to employment with USSPC, David was a star employee of Sinclair International in Indiana for 14 years overseeing many manufacturing duties related to weapons. He decided to return to Cheboygan and work in his home town.

Brady - Graphic Designer - Photographer:

Brady has decades of experience as a photographer / editor in the newspaper/ magazine industry. We’re pleased to have Brady managing the custom designs and pole printing process. Have an idea for a your own custom graphic? Brady will be there to ensure it gets done proper and within your timely needs.

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