Hello fellow members,
I need some advice. Not sure if my thread is supposed to be in this section but please forgive me if I'm wrong!
Recently picked up a pair of free used skis (pretty new beginner Elan skis, can't remember model) for my girlfriend who is learning to ski (doing wedge turns and snow-plow) down the hill. As we picked it up at the person's house and the light was pretty dim, the skis look pretty good, slight scratches + edge still sharp. However, when I returned home and proceeded to check the entire ski and bindings, I realised one of the skis had the ptex base gouged out. This was next to the metal edge and probably measured about 0.5cm wide x 2.5cm long. The gouge was pretty deep and I think I could see the core. The area is about directly below the binding on top.
My opinion was that the ski should be sent to a shop where they can fill up the gouged area with ptex and since she's just learning, we could use the skis for awhile and throw it out after she improves and get new skis.
However, she said it was a waste of money and its ok to just use the skis "as is" since its free anyway. She also suggested that she could fill up the ptex with black wax and use it that way (she's a cross country skier and knows how to wax XC skis). This made me quite concerned as ptex and wax are very different things in my opinion.
I guess my question that I want to ask is would this gouged area affect her safety in any way while skiing? Since the skis are free (and if the core gets damaged, we can junk it), we are not too bothered about it being good enough for any fancy skills but I'm just concerned if it will cause her to fall or catch on anything while skiing. Safety is my foremost concern
Thanks for reading my long post!