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When do I leave the rock skis at home?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Anyone have a good rule of thumb on which pair of skis to use on any given day? Ideally I would just take both pairs of skis, but when carpooling, space can get limited. I want to hit Solitude tomorrow - but they're only reporting 44" base. Too early to debut my new skis? I was at the Canyons on Saturday and was glad I brought my old skis, but there's been a bit more snow lately. 

post #2 of 14

There are two kinds of skis:  rock skis and those that haven't been used yet...

 

I usually give in to "try the new skis..." whenever the urge to "play with the new toys..." hits.  If (when...) they get dinged up...  yeah well.

post #3 of 14

my rule of thumb: before Jan 1: rock ski, after "new" ski.

(I would prefer to ding my ski on my own, not by some dudes in crowed lift lines)

post #4 of 14
If you are carpooling and there is only room for one pair, take the rock skis. Otherwise if you have the space for two pair, take your first few runs with the rock skis and if you can avoid any rocks you come across, switch to the new skis.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

There are two kinds of skis:  rock skis and those that haven't been used yet...

 

I usually give in to "try the new skis..." whenever the urge to "play with the new toys..." hits.  If (when...) they get dinged up...  yeah well.

All my skis are my rock skis.

 

I would need to be seriously negligent to hit a rock and rip an edge off.  Deep core shots fill just fine.

 

I also went from an edge down scrape the snow type slider to a surfy smearer pressing bases into the snow instead of the edges.  This nuanced shift in pressure took trace to inches of depth and made them feel bottomless.  I brush over sharktooth rocks now with mere scratches instead of core shots, it is that big a difference.

post #6 of 14

This question is entirely dependent on your mountain and the terrain you ski.

 

At our local hill, which is all groomers, I've barely ever gotten even a scratch in my skis no matter how early in the season I go. 

 

At Whistler, I'm almost guaranteed to get some gouges early season, even staying on groomers. Triple that for venturing off piste before they've had 2 metres of snow.

post #7 of 14
I remember a day at WP when they said there was a 60 inch base. That day I tagged a 61 inch rock on a groomer.

Take a nickel. Assign a pair of skis to each side. Flip it. Leave that pair home.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have a friend at work that says 50" base is his cutoff point, but that means something different at each resort each year. I managed to take both pairs last two days. Skied the rock skis on Wednesday and the new skis yesterday, as there was a fresh blanket of snow for Christmas. It was pretty amazing all around.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by scottyja View Post
 

I have a friend at work that says 50" base is his cutoff point, but that means something different at each resort each year. I managed to take both pairs last two days. Skied the rock skis on Wednesday and the new skis yesterday, as there was a fresh blanket of snow for Christmas. It was pretty amazing all around.


If I had to wait for a true 50" base at most of the places I ski, I'd be waiting a few seasons.

post #10 of 14

There are two types of skis...rock skis...and skis that have yet to me be mounted. Eventually all skis become rock skis. 

post #11 of 14

Lots of people use their old worn out, old technology rock ski for maneuvering through a rock strewn WROD in early season while still building up the skiing muscles. Trying to dodge a rock or root at the last second is exactly the situation when you need the preciseness and response of a newer, better, ski.

 

Take the ski that is going to deliver the most fun and take some p-tex, metal scraper etc. with you as well.

post #12 of 14
I used my rock skis yesterday and I'm glad I did; there were lots of rocks, creek holes and brush at Stevens Pass. Three years ago they never would have opened with this little coverage, but new management and a snow pack that is a month behind normal accumulation will do that, I guess.

FWIW my rock skis are not that old, K2 Outlaws, plenty of life left in them, just my preferences for a daily driver have changed.
post #13 of 14

When you are not going to hit rocks, or the chances are small.

post #14 of 14

Think its time to take the wrappers off those new skis! BCC is getting deep - was crushing it at Brighton sunday on my Faction Royales, not a single scratch - Epic powder day!

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