Again, The products I am talking about have been around and have proven performance level. The information on how they perform is out there from a variety of sources. So no, there is no buzz about shaped skis at this point. Just because this person never heard of it doesn't make it new.
Again, I said in the context of a $500 season pass and a $75 lift ticket, buying a $5 ski makes no sense. Then you talk about your context of $10 a day for human powered touring at white grass and the $150 season night pass at whitetail. That's apples and oranges.
I agree with you that waxless touring skis with 3pin tele bindings would work great at WG. BTW, this history of touring gear seems to indicate that catamounts were first made in 1994. Who knows how accurate that is. Anyway...
As far as straight volants at Whitetail, never skis that ski, but I am thinking that those are not the end all for skiing at whitetail. Maybe you could straight run limelight on them, but that's probably the only respect in which they are superior to a stout modern carving ski. You could probably find shaped volants that would be much easier to ski well at about the same price. And there are dozens of models of skis form the mid 2000s that would work better. Metrons, Seriously. And anything else damp with a SL radius will be more fun.
As I added above, (perhaps you didn't see) the sketchiest thing about real old skis are the bindings. The cost of procuring new bindings and having them installed blows any savings relative to a newer ski. And if you want them for a season then I don't see how you don't do this.
If you want a straight ski because that's what you skied forever, you are old and don't want to change, ok, but please put a decent binding on there. If you just want to get on snow and skid around for a few days a year and have no expectations of skiing well or being safe, then virtually anything will do that for you. I have skied XC skis at the resort before. It goes with out saying that you could ride lifts on them if you have a leash. And I still think that general argument is irresponsible and not worth making.
I can't think of any situation no matter how you cherry pick where a reasonable person who wants a cost effective ski is new to the sport and just wants to ski with their kids, should seriously consider a 30 year old set of alpine skis instead of an appropriate and lightly used modern ski available in their budget. And if their budget were $5 the reasonable answer would be for them to rethink their safety and commitment to skiing and either quit while they were ahead or start saving nickels.
Edited by tromano - 3/20/11 at 10:35pm