Originally Posted by Ewok
From reading a few people posts about their quiver, and from my experience, most are picking up deals or bargains every few years and holding onto their old gear.
This. Very few people, even on this board or TGR, are buying multiple pairs of new skis in a given year. Most quivers on these board represent people buying new skis and just not retiring the old sets.
My current quiver is this:
2002 200 cm Atomic Beta Carve 9.22- purchased this year for $30 at a ski swap to use as a rock ski or in WROD conditions where nothing ungroomed exists.
2008/2009 189 cm K2 Kung Fujas- purchased new/old stock March 2010 for a song, was my go-to ski the last few years when I skied at a place with less snowfall and was mainly skiing moguls and less than 12" of pow.
2008/2009 189 cm K2 Obsethed- Purchased February 2012 from a guy on TGR who was so disgusted with the season he was dumping his gear. Has been my go to ski skiing typical Wolf Creek conditions (20"+ of pow most weekends :) )
2012/2013 189 cm Bluehouse Maestro- Just purchased new (at a great price!) two weeks ago- this is my new go-to ski for everything except days when the entire mountain is bulletproof and will not unfreeze.
I will probably sell the Obsetheds at the beginning of next year.
During the time from 2010 to the present, I've also sold, or stopped skiing with the intent to sell, the following skis:
2003 183 cm Atomic Sugar Daddy- Picked up used in 2008 as my first real fat ski. Stopped skiing because they were a 1 trick pony and a bear on hard snow, wanted a rockered ski that would also be more versatile. I've tried selling them several times for around $100 with bindings, but no interest.
2007 174 cm K2 Apache Recon- Picked up these as ex-demo skis in 2008. Sold beginning of this season because they started to feel too short for me, and the everloving life had been skied out of them- no pop at all. They had about half the camber of an identical pair a family member had, with about 1/4 of the effort needed to decamber them. Probably saw 400+ ski days.
2002ish 170cm Dynamic VR7- Bought 2004 new/old stock when I returned to skiing from a devastating knee injury. Stopped skiing them when I bought the Recons, but keep them around because the father in law likes skiing them.
Between me and my wife, we also have a few pairs of straight skis mounted up that we keep around for the nostalgia factor and retro day, and a few skis I picked up for nothing intending to binding scrounge but never found the project for the bindings, and probably some more that I am forgetting.
So, I have enough skis to take up a whole wall, but its not like I came out one season and bought 6 sets of skis paying full retail. With the exception of the Bluehouse skis, which were purchased new for an insanely good deal even by Bluehouse standards, every new ski I've bought has been 1-2 seasons old when I bought it, and many skis have been purchased used.