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Skiing on 50's gear

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Here is a short video I put together from last weeks retro skiing event. My dads old ski boots and skis from the same era: the golden 50's. Any feedback appreciated.

 

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Here is a short video I put together from last weeks retro skiing event. My dads old ski boots and skis from the same era: the golden 50's. Any feedback appreciated.

It seems to me that you are doing better in the moguls with that getup. How is that possible?
post #3 of 16
Love the retro music.:-) Nice skiing!
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It seems to me that you are doing better in the moguls with that getup. How is that possible?

 

That's strange I admit. But making a basic parallel turn is not that easy. Should not be underestimated.

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That's strange I admit. But making a basic parallel turn is not that easy. Should not be underestimated.

That retro gear is just screaming for the feet to be together.

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That retro gear is just screaming for the feet to be together.

 

Exactly. They were wobbling all over the place.

post #7 of 16
No attempt at Stem Christiana for long turns?
I think the moguls are better cause it throws the skis into the turn for you. Do a little, get help. On the groomed no such assistance.

On Der Weiss Rausch the skiing is very modern looking for 1930's.
Here's a cool edit and change of music.

http://youtu.be/KOH1Mvy0nfA
post #8 of 16

Like trying to gain cooperation from your 96 year old grandpa who won't leave the long forgotten bomb shelter because he still thinks is is WW2 and finding a reason to bobble with every step taken towards the house.

post #9 of 16
Brings back old memories ! The tails seem to slide out rather than follow the tips in those turns. Hard to ski in gear like that without rotary. I thought you "rocked it" very nicely and your bump turns were great.
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No attempt at Stem Christiana for long turns?

 

Tog, mixing up ski technique and past girlfriends does not come highly recommended.

 

My last gf always had an angle, often inclined to deceit, could pull a 180 rotary on you at any moment, always pressuring me upfront, extended very little sympathy but always asking for flex when it suited her it and would slip away when things got hard. She was always leaning on friends, banking on her own assumptions and is a bit twitchy from doing too many rails. She sits back when she should be stepping up, parking her lazy ass and and riding you for all your worth. She had quite an edge to her that would always catch you at the worst moment. She is very demanding and if you don’t get things right she will drill them into you.

 

Now, mixing up your next gf with a good pair of skis is a better perspective: She will understand you more accurately, will always float you when you are deep, not too rigid when things get twisted and has some tenacity when things get hard. She is more emotionally stable yet playful. She makes an effort to smooth out the bumps, she rebounds nicely from any pressure and will always bend to meet you halfway. She keeps the chatter to a minimum, you can trust her when you put it all out there and is forgiving when you make a mistake. She has curves in the right places, a nice flared tail and keeps her weight down. She is an early riser with initiative that will rock your world and giving a good release. She prefers a solid pole plant, is all in when you want to use the hot wax, doesn't mind switch and doesn’t consider the backside as out of bounds. If you can’t find her, don’t get caught renting one by the “hour”. Though, make sure to bring a tip protector with you and give her a good tip on the way out.

post #11 of 16
Your best yet😄. Eschew any further attempts at ski instruction posts and sink into your sweet spot! Love it.
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That looks to me to be more early-to mid sixties gear. Thats when buckles started to appear. The bindings are Marker heels for sure, mid to late sixties. Didnt see a name on the skis, but from the 'made in austria' font, i would say they are Kneissel Red Stars, again mid sixties. Anyone?

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That looks to me to be more early-to mid sixties gear. Thats when buckles started to appear. The bindings are Marker heels for sure, mid to late sixties. Didnt see a name on the skis, but from the 'made in austria' font, i would say they are Kneissel Red Stars, again mid sixties. Anyone?

This was my observation as well.

post #14 of 16
Who cares how you look or ski. Skiing in father's boots and skis:wow that's special.
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That looks to me to be more early-to mid sixties gear. Thats when buckles started to appear. The bindings are Marker heels for sure, mid to late sixties. Didnt see a name on the skis, but from the 'made in austria' font, i would say they are Kneissel Red Stars, again mid sixties. Anyone?

 

Could well be. Just talked to my mother about my late fathers ski boots and she said he most likely bought them in the mid 60s. My assumption was that he acquired them a bit earlier and that the design was 50s. Read on the net that in the 60s they started to use "molded plastic soles". When I look at the boots I have it looks like the sole is leather with a thin stripe of plastic at the very bottom. The bases are in surprisingly good shape. Almost mint. They show almost no wear. My latest boots only a month old are much more worn from walking on sandy and muddy parking lots. A photo showing boots from a ski museum of old equipment from 30s to 50s show the exact same design with the text: 1930-50's Vintage ankle high ski boot.

 

The skis are Riesinger Tempo with the text: Esche Schichtenski, 22-fach verleimt, Plastikoberfläche, Fastex Laufsohle, verzahnte Stahlkanten. That translates into something like: Genuine laminate ski, 22-layers glued, plastic top, Fastex (brand) base, toothed steel edges. The back binding is marked Marker Telmat but the front binding only has the text Ramy on it. Maybe this will be of some help in the dating of the skis.

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Those Koflach boots were THE boot to have back in the day.. The Ramy toepiece / Marker heel piece is reflective of the times. People wouldn't always pair the same manufacturer in their binding set-up.

Very cool that you still have the gear and you got out to ski it.

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