Hi - I am here to ask you folks to help me figure out what could have caused the damage to my son's GS ski (pictures attached). I am completely baffled - doesn't look like it happened while skiing or during the transport.
Night before - Skis were inspected the night before and nothing stood out. (Either of us would have certainly noticed such a bad damage. He put the spacers on to save time in the morning.)
Morning of training day - Skis were put on the back of the wagon with the seat down, along with two other pairs (all had spacers)
Morning training - My son did a 1/2 day of training on the GS pair. He didn't have any other pair so there was no switching to a different pair. He said he never took them off during the training on the snow, other than coming in for a break mid-morning. He used the ski check for the break. Snow condition was one of the best of the season, not a lot of debris on a partially cloudy day. Temp in the low to high 20's Farenheit during the training.
After training - He put the spacers back on at the end of training and went home. I don't think he was looking or checking at the bases carefully while putting the skis together. All skis, in spacers, went to the roof top box for the ride home. While wiping down the skis at home, he noticed the deep gouge in the picture, only on one ski. No matching damage to the other ski, not even a scratch.
My son was pretty upset about it, especially with an upcoming race. He doesn't abuse his skis - especially his race skis - doesn't like using them when the condition is bad, certainly wouldn't go to the park with them. I was pretty baffled and upset myself, but told him it could be fixed with the p-tex at the shop (let me know if you think otherwise) and downplayed the incident. The skis are 175GS, the damage is a little more than a foot from the tip, not quite a half way to the front part of the bindings.
For one thing, I'm just very curious how this could have happened. And obviously, I want to understand so it doesn't happen again.
What do you guys see? What possible scenario(s) could explain this?