2022 Freeskier Award 2022 Backcountry Award 2022 Blister Award HOJI


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Specs & Construction > 2022 Freeskier Award 2022 Backcountry Award 2022 Blister Award

Over the years you’ve seen the awards pour in for the ‘Hoji’, Eric Hjorleifson’s namesake ski, but what if we were to tell you it’s gotten even better? Eric, alongside our ski engineer and the 4FRNT Team spent this past season re-engineering the Hoji to be an even more refined powder weapon! To start, we updated the rocker profile of the ski with our signature multi radius design to give it the best balance and blend of powder performance and firm snow versatility. By slightly reducing the curvature of the rocker under foot we increased the effective edge to improve its capabilities in firm snow. At the same time, we adjusted the tip and tail height to ensure we maintained that surfy powder feel and increased its capabilities in deep snow. Next, we updated the core to Aspen/Maple with carbon fiber stringers to provide more energy and power than ever before. Whether you’re breaking trail on the skin track, picking your way through technical chutes, or slashing deep turns, you can count on the re-engineered Hoji to step up to the challenge. 

Now Available with our ground breaking 4-Lock Skin Integration System!

Art for this years Hoji by Dan McCarthy


HOJI Construction

Ski Construction and Technology




Eliminating deflection, delamination and fractures in the ski tip. These three issues have long plagued the durability of freeride skis due to the abrupt change in snow conditions and tip slap on impact from catching air. The bordering material in a ski tip that joins the core end is most commonly comprised of hard, non-elastic polymers. We began experimentation in our White Room using different grades of Neoprene to withstand the shearing impacts and provide absorption for change in conditions. The result is a dampened feel that calms the ski feel and increases the durability.


Aspen-Maple Core


We started with clear Aspen and Maple stringers running the length of the ski at min/max tolerance of the binding screw hole pattern. To reduce weight, we eliminated the Maple stringers, making the core 100% clear Aspen and then milling a 4mm x 60cm pocket where the min/max of the binding mount will occur and use clear Maple inserts to support the binding retention without adding all the weight. We rely on carbon stringers to support the tip/tail end of the core where the Maple is no longer present.

Aspen-Maple Core

Carbon Fiber


A non-elastic alternative to traditional fiberglass. The carbon runs the length of the ski like a stringer, acting as a springboard of flex, superior to what traditional fiberglass is capable of. Carbon Fiber adds an incredible amount of strength with very little added weight.

Carbon Fiber

Tail Block


A complex insert which adjoins the core end and runs out to the tail edge perimeter. Full wrap metal edge skis often stood on their tail end have a tendency to delaminate, due the weak joint bearing the skis weight between metal, rubber and fiberglass. A tail block eliminates the sensitive joint between laminates and edge and allows for non-invasive customization for skin tail clips if so desired.

Tail Block

Semi Cap ABS Sidewall


Similar to how you construct a sandwich, layers of premium raw material pile high into a 3D cavity that secures the shape outline with an ABS sidewall over edge. The semi cap design provides longevity and durability of the top sheet edge by stepping down from the square edge of the sidewall leaving a smooth 360 degree round-contoured edge perimeter. The exposed sidewall protects the core from moisture while also dampening vibrations.

Semi Cap ABS Sidewall

Sintered Base


Our premium ski base, also known in the industry as a “race base” because it integrates carbon to further strengthen its gliding properties. At 1.3mm this fast, freely gliding and tough carbon base is much more durable than other base material and matches perfectly with our 2mm edge material. The sintering process occurs prior to extrusion, where the the carbon and plastic enter into an extruder in pellet form, therefore individually contributing its own dense properties to the final product.

Sintered Base
Desc. No. 4f-516120513
Signed By
Date 01-07
Department Construction Features
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HOJI Geometry

LENGTH 177 cm 184 cm 191 cm
DIMENSIONS 127-112-119 mm 128-112-120 mm 130-112-121 mm
1888 gr
1990 gr
2066 gr
TURN RADIUS 30 m 30 m 30 m
EFFECTIVE EDGE 1230 mm 1300 mm 1370 mm
MOUNT POINT FROM TAIL 815 mm 850 mm 885 mm
TIP HEIGHT 88 mm 90 mm 92 mm
TAIL HEIGHT 33 mm 35 mm 37 mm
ROCKER Multi-Radius

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