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These skis (subject of video) are super old.  I bought them for $60.00.  Then I fixed them up.  Still running strong too!  I have lots of old skis.  I don't replace until the edges or base are "gone"!

 

 


 

Thanks for this Jacques integrated some of this into what I already know/do on a badly trashed pair of Blizzards that are now my early season all around rock skis.

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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

These skis (subject of video) are super old.  I bought them for $60.00.  Then I fixed them up.  Still running strong too!  I have lots of old skis.  I don't replace until the edges or base are "gone"!

 

 


 

Thanks for this Jacques integrated some of this into what I already know/do on a badly trashed pair of Blizzards that are now my early season all around rock skis.


Yes!  This is how I do my rock skis!  After I am done it can be a shame to call them rock skis, but hey gotta' have some to not worry about too much yet still be sweet skis!  Be good.

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J'ai bien vu la différence Jacques! ;-)

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J'ai bien vu la différence Jacques! ;-)


The difference!

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Over the course of my 44 year skiing career, I have averaged around 3 seasons for my main pair of skis.  Up till recently before I started racing, I usually had 2 pair of skis.  The new pair of skis would relegate my previous pair of skis to rock duty for a couple of seasons to the point where I didn't care about the newer pair anymore, then I would sell off the rock skis while they were still worth something and then start over the following season with a new pair of skis.  For the first 20 years or so, I was doing most of my skiing near home and the idea of a ski quiver was foreign to me. Even when I was able to afford a yearly western ski trip I still used my newest ski as a 1 ski quiver for everything.

 

Then about 10 years ago I joined an adult race league through my ski club.  All of a sudden I needed a Slalom Race Ski and a GS Race Ski.  Around the same time I started working part time at a ski shop which gave me opportunity to build my quiver by also adding  a dedicated ski for western ski trips.  Even though I don't wear out my western ski, eastern ski or even my race skis, I still tend to bet bored with them after about 3 seasons or so and look for replacements.

 

This year I took 3 out of my 4 skis to the swaps only keeping my Eastern All Mtn ski, a Volkl RTM 81 which is only 2 seasons old.  I have two pairs of Volkl Racetiger Speedwall UVO's on lay-a-way at the shop (SL & GS) which will leave me without a western ski right now.  That is OK as it looks like I may not make it out west this year, but I do have my eyes on the new and improved Bones!  At the end of the season I am sure I will be able to snag a pair at a good price from my shop. 

 

This year will be my 3rd on the RTM 81's so I will probably be looking for a new eastern all mtn ski again next season.

 

Rick G

post #126 of 127
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Over the course of my 44 year skiing career, I have averaged around 3 seasons for my main pair of skis.  Up till recently before I started racing, I usually had 2 pair of skis.  The new pair of skis would relegate my previous pair of skis to rock duty for a couple of seasons to the point where I didn't care about the newer pair anymore, then I would sell off the rock skis while they were still worth something and then start over the following season with a new pair of skis.  For the first 20 years or so, I was doing most of my skiing near home and the idea of a ski quiver was foreign to me. Even when I was able to afford a yearly western ski trip I still used my newest ski as a 1 ski quiver for everything.

 

Then about 10 years ago I joined an adult race league through my ski club.  All of a sudden I needed a Slalom Race Ski and a GS Race Ski.  Around the same time I started working part time at a ski shop which gave me opportunity to build my quiver by also adding  a dedicated ski for western ski trips.  Even though I don't wear out my western ski, eastern ski or even my race skis, I still tend to bet bored with them after about 3 seasons or so and look for replacements.

 

This year I took 3 out of my 4 skis to the swaps only keeping my Eastern All Mtn ski, a Volkl RTM 81 which is only 2 seasons old.  I have two pairs of Volkl Racetiger Speedwall UVO's on lay-a-way at the shop (SL & GS) which will leave me without a western ski right now.  That is OK as it looks like I may not make it out west this year, but I do have my eyes on the new and improved Bones!  At the end of the season I am sure I will be able to snag a pair at a good price from my shop. 

 

This year will be my 3rd on the RTM 81's so I will probably be looking for a new eastern all mtn ski again next season.

 

Rick G

 

Rick, congratulations on still racing.  I did it for 23 yrs when I was in my 30 and 40 and don't anymore, just burned out.  Where do you race and in what kind of organization?  I switched my  focus and passion to off piste and powder still having fun.

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Rick, congratulations on still racing.  I did it for 23 yrs when I was in my 30 and 40 and don't anymore, just burned out.  Where do you race and in what kind of organization?  I switched my  focus and passion to off piste and powder still having fun.

 

 I am not sure I should be congratulated or committed!  LOL  I have always been an avid skier, but never had the interest in racing, like you off piste, powder and bumps were my thing, then I moved to Cleveland and joined one of the Cleveland Metro Ski Council clubs.  On my first western trip with the club, they convinced me that I needed to start racing at the ripe old age of 52.  Now I wish I had started racing as a teen or young adult as it has definitely elevated my skiing at this ripe old age.  As skiing in OH basically sucks, our race league does a tour of the Western New York resorts.

 

Race On!

 

Rick G

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