Hi everybody. Bit of a philosophical question for you:
How do you balance going out and charging, even on some questionable terrain where the coverage might be thin (in the trees, dropping cliffs, etc), with taking care of your skis?
Here's my situation: I skied Magic Mountain, VT today for the first time ever, and on a brand new pair of Kendos. I guess I didn't really know what I was getting into: rocks masquerading as moguls, paper-thin snow coverage on many open trails, stumps, sticks, pipes, etc. I just looked at my edges, and found that they were really eaten up - no surprise. Most of the nicks will come out with some stone work, but one of them is about 1" long and dulled the edge deeply at a 45* angle - nothing is going to fix that. Nevertheless I had a ton of fun skiing terrain with features not found at your typical east-cost family mountain, and if I had my way, that's the kind of skiing I'd do every day.
HOWEVER: That's not the kind of skiing I do every day. In fact, I'm more often forced to carve turns on boilerplate ice or really firm groomers, where sharp edges are important.
So what do I do? Dial it back on days like today in an effort to keep my equipment in better shape for firmer (and less fun) conditions? Or get while the getting is good, sharp edges be damned?