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post #31 of 58
My 188 Völkl G4s and my 205 Atomic ARC(?)s!
post #32 of 58
 This thread deserves a bump......

I'll add "theSki" as my "won't sell" entry.
post #33 of 58
First gereration Kästle SG 208 cm, my one-ski quiver for quite a few years.

post #34 of 58
http://www.epicski.com/imageinfo/AUTHIER+SKIS90.jpg

Authier Vampires. Like my gun, you'll have to pry them from my dead fingers.

I spent almost 6 weeks of comping skiis one winter at Stratton in Vermont. I tried literally dozens of skiis and hadn't found a pair that really grabbed me. I stopped in at a small ski shop in Bondville, VT and they had a few brands that they were comping. One of these was a funky looking brand and they had a couple different types and after trying a couple others I decided to try them too.

Authier Vampires
. They had some black matte ones and some wood grained ones (see the link above). Just for the heck of it I decided to try these retro looking jobs. (Wood Laminated Tops, GS Style Board)

#1 They were HEAVY. Like they weighed almost twice what most other skis weighed.
#2 They proved to be super responsive and stable. VERY forgiving. If you catch an edge you have the time and mass to pick up the errant ski and put it back down without missing a beat.
#3 They were FAST and carved like a dream come true.

After the first day of skiing perfection I asked the guy how much a pair of them were going to run me.

#4 They were EXPENSIVE something like $1200 for the boards.

I have a physical problem. Both of my ankles are fused due to a auto accident so a lot of my turning and control has to be on the tails. I skiied like a total demon when I was younger and struggled hard (for 8 years) to get to where I could ski again. I still can't run or jump. With these skis on I am back to my old form, cutting, carving and slamming my way down the slopes at max speed and in total control.

I can "do" any slope except "bumps" because I can't get centered over my feet. I also have problems with goat paths for the same reason.

After comping these skis for a week I went in and bought a pair. Its funny to look down and see these wood laminated skis ripping through the snow as I carve my way down some of the toughest trails. I am not a shussbanger, I work the entire slope where possible. Its even funnier to have people laughing at my skis in the lift lines and lifts and then to see the look on their faces when I scream past them and they don't stand even a minute chance to catch me until the bottom. Here goes this older guy in crummy wood skis, blue jeans and a beat up parka leaving all their pretty junk behind. I get a lot more respect once they finally arrive.

Oh ... I have my old pair of Kneissel Whites that I use for "beater" skis too.
post #35 of 58
My 205cm Rossignol 7XK. I also have a pair of 207cm Rossignol 4S Slalom Special (black). They were the first new skis I've owned and I still have them even though I haven't skied them in 20 years.
post #36 of 58
ALL OF THEM !!!
post #37 of 58
2008 Rossi R-11's, 175 cm. This is the first ski that gives me confidence on eastern boilerplate and ice. I know several guys that use this ski, not just wannabees like me but two guys who coached college racing and we all think its one of the best skis out there. Of course, Rossi stopped making them two years ago. They retailed for $1200 and I got mine for $450 last year; the warehouse wanted to clear them out.
post #38 of 58
I have three pairs;

The Fischer Scenio S500 was one of the first all-mountain carvers. I still use this ski. It's still a modern ski in terms of design, materials and performance. I also think it's a great looking ski in a Porsche Carrera GT kind of way.

The second is a Salomon Supermountain from about 8 years ago. This ski is one of the first powder specific skis.  I had a great powder day at Snowbird with this ski. It's no longer in use and is no longer modern. But, It's a great looking ski that I might use as a tele ski someday.

But my number-one will-never-part-with-ski is the Volant Spatula. If you know this ski, you know why.

Michael
post #39 of 58
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ALL OF THEM !!!
 

When I saw this thread title, I knew this answer would be taken. +1
post #40 of 58
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When I saw this thread title, I knew this answer would be taken. +1

And I knew who would take it.
post #41 of 58
Authiers

I held onto my Black Heads...late Sixties early Seventies. Then didn't ski for a dozen years...raising family. By then...Heads were vintage...but I hated the new light weight skis. Then...1990...a business acquaintance of my husband who owned a ski shop in Lincoln NH gifted me a pair of Authiers. I loved them and had NO idea how expensive they were...until one day...sharing a chair...a Killington employee admired them and said...If I ever hit the Lottery, I'm getting myself a pair of those! Anyway best skis ever...replaced them with short, shaped skis...2001. Easy for my ageing body to control...but, boy would I love to ski on those Authiers again!
post #42 of 58

K2 PE's with the 80 waist instead of the 85 or 90.

post #43 of 58

How many of these skis do we still have? *I would imaging none.

 

 

*RossiSmash excluded..he still has everyone of hisThumbs Up 

post #44 of 58
Retired but never forgotten. Head 360 Standards. Their on the wall.
post #45 of 58

Meh, if a thief with modern ski skills stole my stash, chances are they couldn't ski it.

post #46 of 58

Another vote for Authiers I had a 2 pairs of brand new race quality GS 215s with black tops. They were heavy and you needed to ski correctly or they spat you off but I felt as if I was on rails and they never chattered. Paid $30 for the two pairs at an Easter going out of business sale.in Verbier. The owner said they were not fashionable.

 

Now I ski on 200 Atomic Beta Carve 10 22 and will not readily part with them nor my Salomon SX 92 Equipes

post #47 of 58
Head Deep Powder with Marker Explodomats.
post #48 of 58
Wow talk about back from the dead...

Over the summer I finally throw out the old yellow Marker Select control bindings I took off my Volkl G30's and G31's, I bent the G30 so Volkl sent me G31's. They may still be at my sons's house.
post #49 of 58

We screwed up. If the new bump had waited until 2015, it would have been 2 perfect 6 year intervals between responses. Which would have been a record, I think. 

 

Carry on...

post #50 of 58

Well, I still have my K2 710s and hart ballets, both of which I am loathe to part with, even though several Bears have inquired about purchasing the harts from me. The harts are newly repaired, using my newly acquired base welding skills. I imagine I'll soon find out if I can still count them as skills, by the end of the coming season, as I plan to take them out for a spin from time to time.

post #51 of 58
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Authiers

I held onto my Black Heads...late Sixties early Seventies. Then didn't ski for a dozen years...raising family. By then...Heads were vintage...but I hated the new light weight skis. Then...1990...a business acquaintance of my husband who owned a ski shop in Lincoln NH gifted me a pair of Authiers. I loved them and had NO idea how expensive they were...until one day...sharing a chair...a Killington employee admired them and said...If I ever hit the Lottery, I'm getting myself a pair of those! Anyway best skis ever...replaced them with short, shaped skis...2001. Easy for my ageing body to control...but, boy would I love to ski on those Authiers again!


Since you bumped this thread, lets make it a Throwback Thursday feature. 

 

Skis I won't part with....TheSki 

post #52 of 58

Rossignol 4SK

post #53 of 58

- Gauer dance skis
- Elan Terminator

- Rossi STS

- RC 05s  (the wood rot might have the last say there)

- Chubbs

post #54 of 58
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- Gauer dance skis
 

:worthless

post #55 of 58
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

- Gauer dance skis
 

:worthless

 

Hah, I have a blasted good excuse in my tendon now.

Until I can actually get my boots back on, you'll have to settle for a 3rd party vid:

post #56 of 58
TBT...Skis I Won't Part With...Or Wish I Hadn't. Still sticking with my original post...Authier Vampires! Sounds like a great idea! Ha-Ha...how about bindings we thought were primo technology? Ever heard of Cubcos? Safety Release...with leather safety straps to prevent skis from continuing on down the hill! Now I've really dated myself! ...Jude
post #57 of 58

I have kept none of my old skis, however my favorite skis to date have to be my Hagan Racing Classic GS 200cm with Tyrolia 490RD the red and white ones. They were so smooth and fast. They were my hero skis. I was in grade 7 when I demoed them at my local hill, and busted my ass all summer cutting grass to buy a pair during the summer ski sale. Retail in 1985 was $600 with no binding and I remember paying $399 for them. A close second were my Dynamic VR27 Equipe with Tyrolia 590RD Free Flex. The nicest looking ski I ever owned the black, yellow, with the green bindings looked so sharp, along with my black and yellow Raichle Flexon Comps, however the skis were above my abilities. If I wasn't skiing them just perfect they would throw you for a loop, you had to pay attention to your form 100% of the time, but when you paid attention you were rewarded with the best turning ski ever. But back to the Hagan's, I can't even find a picture of them on the net, let alone any info about them. To bad I really liked those skis.

post #58 of 58

My most rare skis are these. Authier skis made for Hugo Boss.

 

 

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