There's an article in the travel section of today's New York Times titled, 'Now for Regular Skiers, the Ultra Terrain', which details some of the entrepreneurs that have shaped the business and expansion of big-mountain skiing throughout the world. DPS is mentioned, as is DPS founder Stephan Drake.
From the NY Times:
Stephen Drake, author of “The Powder Road,” a memoir of deep-powder skiing in Alaska and elsewhere, and a founder of DPS Skis (www.dpsskis.com), a small four-year-old company that manufactures custom-made skis for deep powder and big mountain skiing, said that while ski sales in general were flat, “the market for free-ride and powder skis has been growing every year.”
The last six or seven years have shown dramatic growth,” he continued.
Mr. Drake described the exhilaration of skiing an area no one has ever been on: “You look out 360 degrees over a landscape where there are no tracks and nothing made by man. It could be a million years ago.” He paused and added, “Those are the moments that give you a sense of complete freedom.”
For those keen on getting a copy of The Powder Road it is available for sale on dpsskis.com here...