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Molnar Prism Light Skis, Can You Tell Me Anything About Them?

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Thread Starter 

I recently came across a pair of skis that I can not identify. I can't find anything online about them, specifically how much they are worth. They are called Molnar Prism Light skis. I will post some pictures of them. Please let me know if you know anything about these or if you have any questions. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 8
In 1973, Molnar started his own ski company, using the ribbed fiberglass core he initiated at Sailer. Molnar skis were light in weight with a soft flex and developed a cult following among powder skiers. Molnar was able to keep his company afloat for 10 years before having to close his factory in 1983.

After a break from winter-related businesses, Molnar moved to Oregon in 1994 to work for Morrow Snowboards. Ironically, Morrow Snowboards would later become a subsidiary of K2.
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So how much are these skis worth nowadays?

post #4 of 8
Not much. Maybe a collector would take them off your hands for $20.00. They are old technology. See ya.
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That groove down the middle of the base is pretty rare these days.  I'm not sure what that was good for?

 

The Barrecrafters carrying handle is probably worth more than the skis.

post #6 of 8
The groove was to keep you tracking straight. Forget why we stopped needing it and don't know whether it was really functional. I've certainly had skis with it.

Recent thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/132572/whatever-happened-to-grooves-in-ski-bases/0_10
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I have had Molnar Yellow's, light and soft and am looking for some Molnar Green's light and REALLY soft. I have never see the whites. The bindings are from 80ish judging by the plastic heel of the 727, which looks like one already has a blown out spring. @Molnar is IIRC the daughter of the designer and was here on Epic a few years back. Maybe she will get the notification that she was tagged. 

 

AppleMark

post #8 of 8
Back in the 1980s, my dad bought a pair of Molnars. They looked like the yellow pair, pictured above, but we're neon green. He handed them down to me in 1985 or so. They were so soft that after a year, the bindings became loose, and couldn't be remounted! Most skis lasted much longer, but they were a nice, soft ski, and good turners. The "groove" was on all skis (to my knowledge) of the time, and reduced chatter, absorbing the vibrations of rougher snow. Newer skis don't have the groove? I hadn't noticed. If so, the difference is probably related to the wider side curves and rounded shovels of today's skis.

I don't thinks our Molnars are worth much except for nostalgia or collecting. They were never tremendously popular or a big seller. Most people never heard of them.

My dad did tell me that the guy who developed them had something to do with the Moog synthesizer, and skiing was a hobby. The investment in a ski was related to the music business somehow, Maybe the money made in music allowed him to invest in the skis, or something.
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