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The story

In February 2002, Geir Ståle Kleppe, and his then two year old son, Sondre, had to get out of the house, to give some peace and quiet for Sondre’s newborn sister, Tiril, and the mother Kristin. The weather was not good, but a small skiing trip was still the activity of choice. The two guys started at Bogstad in Oslo, aiming to cross the golf course. There was more ice than snow, and in the rain, Sondre eventually decided that he had done enough skiing that day. Dad then had to carry him, his skis and ski poles, while still trying to move across an wet and icy track. In this moment, the idea of a foldable device using the skis to transport Sondre popped up. Early mock-ups were made of curtain rods and gaffa tape, and Sondre was test pilot. Potential users were observed on all ski trips, and the concept gradually improved. Years went by, until in 2016, Geir Ståle took the opportunity of a downturn in the oil business, where he had worked over all these years, to start the company Utsudr AS, with the foldable sled, Skeasy, as the first product. Workplace is the makerspace, Bitraf, in Oslo. A functional prototype was made and successfully tested in 2017. Subsequently, commercialisation funding was received from “Innovasjon Norge”, and a cooperation established with a baby stroller factory to manufacture the product. Product launch will be in winter 2018.