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Cleaning out Basement- any help identifying skis appreciated!!!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi!

    My little brother and I are cleaning out the basement and there are all these skis taking up tons of space. We have looked online but can't really figure out what the heck they are (the old owners of our house actually left them in the cistern....). They all seem old so they're probably not worth anything but it doesn't hurt to do some research before we throw them out:-) We don't know ANYTHING about skiing and are completely confused as to how to identify these things. They don't seem to have any information other than brand name on them. If anyone recognizes any of these that would be so much help. We included pics and any of the words we can read on them.

Thanks!

Maddie and Max 

 

From left to right;

Blue Rossignol elite 

Red ASL Fischer ALU steel made in Austria 

Grey Step Medalist

Red White and Blue Authier Delta 

 

 

 

Green and red Vostra Real West Germany (we can't even find any clue as to vostra being a ski company...) 

Top 

Blue with white stripe and red words: austria sears FIS

Bottom navy with yellow and red stripe: multi-lamentated made in Japan, sears roebucks 

 

Left to right: 

Rossingnol Team 

Rossingnol Apache 

White star KNEISSI made in austria (these ones have none of the bindings) 

 

Again, any information is so appreciated! 

post #2 of 17

Most skis over 10 years old have ZERO value.  The Fischers are kind of cool, White Stars are also somewhat collectable.  I don't think any of the others would be of much interest except to hang on the wall of a ski cottage as decorations.  Cool stuff to look at but not really work skiing on anymore.  And, the bindings are dangerous. The ones on the Fischers are the only ones I'd even consider skiing.

post #3 of 17

The Medalists might be worth a little to somebody since they are cross country skis and they have old style 3 pin bindings which may fit someone's old boots.  Those bindings, while old fashioned, are quite usable.  I'd put $10 on them at a garage sale to see what happens.

 

The poles might be useful too.  The red one next to the Medalist skis is a cross country pole and should go with those skis.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Posaune, can the medialists be used by a beginner cross country skiier? My school has a crazy cross county ski program but they never have the correct size boots for me at school during gym class (size 13 male's shoe size and I'm starting eighth grade). 

-Max 

Thank you! 

post #5 of 17

Yes, they can be used by a beginner.

post #6 of 17
The white Rossis are cross country skis too - with narrow racing width bindings that do not fit any boot made today. Someone on fleabay might be interested, for parts maybe - but it is not likely.


The posters above should hand in their ski geek cards. Vöstra products are, in fact, very well known here. They're called Völkl.

http://www.wj-dingolfing-landau.de/besuch-bei-voelkl-in-straubing/


The ones you have look to be from the Völkl Portillo era, at the tail end of the 1960s. Nothing to do with the present-day Völkl, of course.
Edited by cantunamunch - 8/14/14 at 5:33pm
post #7 of 17

You probably need to clean out the basement more often. 

Those blue Sears skis look a lot like my first pair, which I think we got from Hudson's Department Store in Detroit (RIP Hudson's and Detroit both). I actually pine tarred the bottoms and put some Silvretta cable AT bindings on them and toured on them a little bit in the late 70's. Didn't work.

post #8 of 17
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You probably need to clean out the basement more often. 

 

(tee hee, this is what I was thinking....)

post #9 of 17
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You probably need to clean out the basement more often. 



 





(tee hee, this is what I was thinking....)


 



Get thee to thy cistern!
post #10 of 17

those fischer ALU's with the look Nevada/grand prix binding were my first non-wood ski.  I bought them and a pair of Lange Pro boots around 1969 -1971 I don't remember exactly when  It was in High School tho

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

Well, in our defense it does require some acrobatic shimmying to get over the wall of the cistern and we haven't had the house that long :-) Thanks for all the information everyone! Trash pickup is Tuesday so we will probably get rid of most of them then. 

Max and Maddie 

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Oh, and a cold case detective came over a couple years ago looking for a girl who disappeared from the house and who was never found in the '60's, so we were a little... reluctant to go poking around I guess. We found the skis, still no sign of the lady. 

Max and Maddie 

post #13 of 17

Oh jeez, that would be information I didn't need about my new house.

post #14 of 17

I hope you didn't through out the fischer ALU the look lbinding toe on them is a very early and rare toe piece and would be valuable to a collector as well as the skis.  also the kneissles and any of the older wooden skis.  where ae you located? maybe some one on this list would love to have this stuff and keep it out of the land fill.

 

Royal

post #15 of 17

If you want to sell the Vostras I'll give you $50 and you pay shipping.

post #16 of 17
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Oh, and a cold case detective came over a couple years ago looking for a girl who disappeared from the house and who was never found in the '60's, so we were a little... reluctant to go poking around I guess. We found the skis, still no sign of the lady. 

Max and Maddie 

reminds me of my first house in midtown Sacramento--one day after days of heavy rain I saw a small hole next to my garage. Peeked in and saw the end of the house's drain pipe hanging free over a sewage pit--the house had never been hooked up to the sewer. Didn't see any bodies in there but then I didn't look that hard. No skis either. I've got some old skis up on the rafters in my basement but I can't get rid of them because of all the cable, computer, and  phone wires that are now in the way--I'd have to take all that down to get the skis out. A legacy for the next generation I guess. I did find 1933 newspapers up in the attic--being used as insulation. The year the house was built.

post #17 of 17

I'm impressed that you knew to call it a cistern.  Now that you a little about skis, hopefully you can get out and learn to ski be it cross country or down hill.   Ask around I'm sure that members on site would be glad to encourage you even more.

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