Answering Your Questions About Coda Custom Boards & Skis

Frequently Asked Questions

Until the closing of the 2006/2007 North American ski season, our Ridgecrest, California lab operated under the name of the "Yama Board and Ski Company" which was founded in the 1980s by Michael Lish. Coda president Chad Houck began his association with Yama in 1991 as a monoski customer and began participating in fabrication a few years later. In 2005, Lish transitioned Yama production operations to Chad with the establishment of a Ridgecrest facility and the launch of internet sales. Increased sales soon pushed production capacity limits, and, in May 2007 plans to improve the Ridgecrest lab coincided with the necessity of rechristening the company "Coda" due to licensing issues regarding the name "Yama."

Coda Custom Boards and Skis. Our fabrication process has evolved, but kept many core principles, and someone searching for a Yama Carving Tool will find the same deck and cable inside the graphics of a Coda V series board.

Yes, with different graphics and several evolution steps to incorporate the latest technologies and CODA R&D concepts. Coda has also expanded on the original Yama design to offer wider and longer boards with the V-tail.  CODA has also added monoski, ski, snowboard, and skwall products to the line up.  Currently split monos and snowboards are in the R&D phase.

Yes! By special order. Please contact us for to inquire about a custom freestyle snowboard order.

Yes! By special order. Please contact us for to inquire about a custom snow ski order.

Yes! By special order. Please contact us for to inquire about a custom snow ski order.

All CODA orders are shipped by Federal Express, worldwide. Configure with the shipping calculator during checkout. International customers, please contact us for other options.

What is the CODA order process? How do I order a CODA custom board?

First, decide which board or ski model you want to order.

Then decide on your graphics selection.
To choose from a selection of completed designs, visit the CODA Select gallery page.

To completely design your own graphic, visit the DIY Graphics page for design requirements, instructions, and templates. You may mail us designs on a disc, or upload them after checkout.

After finalizing your graphics selection, choose your board model from the product page. Use the drop down menus to set up your purchase. Make sure to fill in the name of your CODA Select Graphic if are choosing one of our pre-made options. If you designed your own graphic, then type "CUSTOM" as your graphics selection. Add the board to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Configure your CODA purchase account information with our secure server and proceed through PayPal checkout.

After completing payment, if you ordered a product with your own custom graphic, make sure to send it to us using the Graphics Upload Form. If you have completed your purchase, but wish to complete your custom graphics upload later, no problem, don't send it till it is ready. We won't start building until we have received your graphic.

Following your successful purchase and optional upload, we will review your design for any fabrication or name branding issues and contact you by email, should any be found. Otherwise, once built, your CODA custom board order will ship to you by the Federal Express shipping option you select during checkout.

Yes! Contact us about performing alterations for you, or, you may also request access to our original Photoshop files so that you can play with the design, yourself.


We have coupons redeemable in our online shop. Keep an eye out. If you see someone on the mountain riding a CODA board, ask him for a coupon. Past customers may have referral coupons with them, and CODA team riders may have other promotional materials, as well as coupons, with them while they carve the Mountain. We particularly like Mammoth Mountain, in California. is the print-at-purchase fabricating service to which we are outsourcing fabrication of CODA branded shirts, hats, mugs, stickers, and other merchandise graphically designed by CODA designers, but made available by Cafepress. By outsourcing our promotional materials this way, we can offer a far greater variety of CODA pride gear than we ever have in the past. Take a look!

Coda is a term from musical notation, like a treble or bass clef. The literal translation of "coda" from Italian is "tail" or "end."

The coda portion of a musical sonata or variation composition is usually the conclusion of the piece, as it is in a literary or dramatic work. When writing music, the composer designates a sequence of measures as the coda, a structural element that presents a stylistic conclusion to the composition.

In the conventions of musical notation that first spread to common usage during the 1500s, the coda symbol, "" functions as a navigation marker. It appears printed above the treble staves to indicate the exit point from a series of repeated measures. The coda symbol also often appears with the note "jump to coda" indicating that the musician should skip forward in the piece to wherever he finds the next coda symbol. It's like a sort of bookmark.

"" means "coda"