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Oldest skis you have..that you still ski

post #1 of 29
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I have a first year pair of 1995 PowerKarves that I still ski, they are my powder/heavy snow ski. Not olny are they old.. they are PowerKarve L's. They were my wifes ski origonally that I bought her when they were demos! These skis have been skied hard and put away wet and they still keep turning.
post #2 of 29
I took my Spaulding Numero Uno's for a ride last year. Around 1972's I believe. Hard to believe I used to think those things were hot. Stiff as an oak plank, about 2 inches of camber, zilch sidecut. Takes a big skill quiver to get down the hill with any sense of competency on those damn things.
post #3 of 29
I still have a pair of 217 Research Dynamics Super G's that I ski about three times a year. I believe they were built by Atomic with RD cosmetics. I'm not exactly sure what year they would be, probably early '90's. Every time I ski them I have fun, but I'm instantly reminded of how much better skis are today.

Those things don't even begin be turnable until I reach speeds that I'm not real comfortable with any more. :

Bob
post #4 of 29
Everyonce in a while I take out a pair of 1979 207cm Rossignol STs. They are in great shape because I bought them right before I graduated from college then rarely used them due to living in Chicago and Dallas. They have some Look 77 bindings on them which I still trust.
post #5 of 29
I try to take my good old 205 Volkl Zebras out for a spin once every year or two, and they always surprise me by doing what they are supposed to do (ie, go straight and fast) very, very well. Their edges are in great shape (this particular pair of Zebras didn't see that much use before I mothballed them). I always keep a protective coat of wax on them, so their bases are also in good shape. I forgot what bindings I originally had on them, but in the mid-80s I mounted a pair of Moog plates, and these bindings seem to continue to release just fine (at least by my calibrated foot & leg - grin).

Unfortunately, I'm drawing a blank on exactly when these skis were made. 'Old-timers' disease must have set in. I think I got them in the '77 to '80 range, but I bought them at a swap, so they probably were made a couple of years before that. What's confusing me is that I seem to recall them being of roughly the same vintage as the original Kneissl White Star and Rossi ST650, and I seem to remember those as being very early '70 vintage. Anyway, my Zebras are the ones with the black and white topsheet and green P-tex, not the red & white, or some of the later colors schemes of the 80's.

So, can any of you other OF's help out my failing memory?

Tom / PM
post #6 of 29
I can't say definitively, but the real original Volkl Zebras are stored in the same region of my brain as the Rossignol Strato and (yes) the Kneissl White Star. You're pretty darn close in your '69+ date range (earliest could be a little earlier? Not sure). Anyway, their graphics loom large in my personal iconography (along with the wine-red/purple Stratos, and the almost-completely-black Dynamics, with just those two "if you're in the know, you know what the brand is" diagonal stripes). The ST650 is (by my recollection) later: I believe I had some the first year they came out ... which I'm pretty sure was either '72-'73 or '73-'74.

I don't have the ST650s anymore. The oldest skis I still have in skiable form (i.e. mounted with perhaps working bindings) are K2 710s from c. 1976, if you don't count some shiny black Head Downhills with non-releasing Marker turntable heels, longthongs and a toe you're supposed to notch your boots for. One of the stranger pairs of skis I have is a pair of 160 cm K2 XR10s (bright shiny red), which were mine in elementary school, but somehow wound up mounted with Spademan bindings thanks to an unpredictable relative who may have been a parodist. It would be interesting to put some new bindings (with a big honking plate) on them, and call them slalom skis.
post #7 of 29
Stored at my sister's house, K2 (Red, White and Blue) 1976 edition skis and at my house 4 pair of Elan GLM skis(2', 3', 4' and 5') with spademan bindings and plates (1968) - none of which are skied any longer of course.
post #8 of 29
A Bunch of "O" and de-commissioned skis in the house basement.
-200 cm Maxel GS skis (mid '80) (mounted with AT bindings, silvretta something)
-205 cm Dynamic VR27 (late '80) with Solly 957
-204 cm K2 SL (1991-92) with Solly 957, decommissioned only a couple of seasons ago
-2 x 205 cm Voelkl P9 RS-Super (the Green-yellow ones) w/ Solly 957, 1991-92; I've used them as late as 2 seasons ago, just for the fun of it

But the oldest skis that I still use are my current ones...1998 198 cm P40F1 with Solly 912.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
I can't say definitively, but the real original Volkl Zebras are stored in the same region of my brain as the Rossignol Strato and (yes) the Kneissl White Star. You're pretty darn close in your '69+ date range (earliest could be a little earlier? Not sure). ... The ST650 is (by my recollection) later: I believe I had some the first year they came out ... which I'm pretty sure was either '72-'73 or '73-'74. ...
You're right, the ST650s were later - it was the Stratos that I was thinking of. I never owned a pair of either, but clearly remember oggling them back in those days. Thanks for the info!

Tom / PM

PS - re the Zebras, 35 years-and-still-skiiable is pretty amazing for any piece of equipment. I wonder if any of the skis of today will be in as good condition 35 years from now.

PPS - I also have a pair of the original (ie, circa 1969) White Stars in the shed, but unfortunately, I didn't take care of them as well as the Zebras. The last time I looked, the bases were pretty dry and the rust on the edges was pretty thick, so they don't qualify as being "still skiiable". I do remember them as being a bit better on ice than the Zebras.
post #10 of 29
Uh oh - Harking back to the early '70s, it looks like SnowDog and I are in the lead with the oldest gear that has actually been skied recently. This is *not* an honor.

Tom / PM (maybe I should change the "PM" to "OM" for old-man)
post #11 of 29
A pair of Elan MBX Light Speed 200's. I take em out once a year in hard pack. The bindings were upgraded from the Geeze 93 when they broke last year.

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post #12 of 29
1997 rossi viper z's in 191cm length
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by teachskiljp
Stored at my sister's house, K2 (Red, White and Blue) 1976 edition skis .
That was the K2 Four. Had red , white and blue bases also, right? They borrowed the "Four" name from this model and used it for the shape ski that Bode skied into the history books.
post #14 of 29
Mid '80's ('86 I think) vintage Rossignol 4S Kevlars 203cm with Tyrolia bindings.

They still are a blast to ski, but I can't believe I actually skied bumps on those things.

I may put new bindings on them this year since shops won't work on the old bindings and I would need them adjusted to fit my new boots.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by SnowDog
That was the K2 Four. Had red , white and blue bases also, right? They borrowed the "Four" name from this model and used it for the shape ski that Bode skied into the history books.
I could easily be wrong, but I thought the old (70's) line had the One, Two, and Three. The graphics had one red stripe for the One (the beginner ski), two for the Two (intermediate) and three for the Three (expert ski).

I thought that the Four was named as sort of a retro tribute to the old line when they brought out the shaped ski.

But then again, I'm probably wrong.

Bob
post #16 of 29
My senior year in high school, 72-73, I bought a pair of K2 Four Competitions. They had the red, white and blue bases and edges that pulled loose. I went through three pair before my warrantee wore out.......didn't buy another pair of K2s almost 3 decades.

The following year they came out with the Supercomp which were never officially named the K2 Five but had 5 chevrons on the sidewall. (The One, Two, Three & Four all had a corresponding number of chevrons on the sidewall.)
post #17 of 29
In the late '60s, there were three K2 models: the Holiday (intermediate), which was white; the Elite (expert), which was blue; and the XR10 (Junior racer), which was red. Graphically, they were true to the time: just a shiny topsheet, with the K2 logo and the model name in smaller letters at the tip.

Around '70 or so K2 must have engaged a "creative" ad agency, because they started coming out with what seemed at the time to be incredibly hip ads. That's also about the time (I think) they came out with the Competition, which was red, white and blue striped, and looked very sharp by the standards of the day. Shortly after that, they revamped their line into the 1, 2, 3 and 4 (and the J4, as in "Junior"). So far as I remember, they had the model written out on the tail, along with the appropriate number of black chevrons (also chevrons on the sidewall), though that might have varied during the run of the line.

The older K2 Comps are distinctive in that the red and blue stripes come together at the tip, rather than running off the end.
post #18 of 29
Skied a pair of 203 GS Head TR22's I had last year in Powder. They pretty much sucked compared to the "new" skis. Sold them on ebay. Still got a few oldtimers left, Rossi ST Comps and Blizzard's. Any takers?:
post #19 of 29
The only skis I have, K2 El Camino's. They might just have to make it one more season. Anyway, I still have fun on them and that's what counts anyway isn't it?
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
I did tune up my old 204 cm Pre 1200SP's a year or two ago and got out on them...Boy, what was I thinking, I might as well mounted up some 2x4's. And to think, I actually thought these were gtreat back in 82.
post #21 of 29
Still start the season with the 205cm Volkl P9 SX Super.
post #22 of 29
How about an old ski you just can't leave out for the garbage man. Mine is a pair of Salomon 2S's from I think 1992 vinatge Power 8 , Now that I think about it I have a pair of 1S's too Power 8. Both are in great condition and I liked them so much at the time I can't throw them away.
Those skiis had a lot of snap and were wonderful. The shaped ski design was introduced shortly after and for me that was it. I downsized to a short 198 cm Volkl Carver the next year. That ski today would seem like a telephone pole attached to my feet.

The next year I got a pair of Elan SCX 183 CM (the yellow one with black dots) . I would love to have that ski back to compare how it skkis with the current short carvers of today.
post #23 of 29
I've got a pair of about 207cm 1969-71 Dynamic VR17 with the correct vintage Look Nevada's with leather safety straps on them. I am pretty sure they are slaloms, they have an S stamped in them just in front of the bindings.

They say Grenoble 68 under the VR17 in script near the tip. They are 23mm thick at the waist. Our Atomic DH, SG and World Cup GS's are all about 18-19mm thick at the waist. The sidecut dimensions are
surprising 87-69-78. (Who said there were no shape skis back then!)

The camber with the binding's weight pushing on the ski, leaves about an 11mm space underfoot when laid on a flat surface.

Anyway, I skied these a couple of years ago for 1 run and never made a turn. Couldn't really turn 'em. Fortunately the hill I was on was a fairly intermediate run. They were absolute tanks. Really gives some x-tra respect for Killy. And to think this is a slalom ski, can you imagine the GS version. By the way these are previous to Lange marketing these under their brand in the early seventies. I skied Lange SL's back then also, great ski. But my old favorite had to be the Atomic Bionic Team SL & the GS (Red Sled).

In High School 67-70 (included 9th Grade) skied on Hart Javelin GS in 210. Absolutely loved 'em. Wish I could find a pair now!

over & out!
A-man
post #24 of 29
What is the Rossi 7 XK series vintage? Mid 90's I guess. I have a pair of those hanging around somewhere with a bent tip in a 198 that I keep threatening to go try out again, just haven't yet.
post #25 of 29

Salomon Force 9 2S

circa 1995 in a power 8 (about 200s). They're better in bumps than my Volkl (G3) Motions, which are 184s.
post #26 of 29
I have 2 pair of "Classics" That I try to make a run or two on each year.
The first is a pair of 207cm Dynamic VR 70's. Has an aluminum sidewall that is easily 1 " thick underfoot I bought them new in 1978 at Herman's outdoor ski sale for $19.99
They are mid 1970"s vintage GS race ski. They go straight pretty well but they will not turn AT ALL. How the hell did we ski on things like that?

My next skiable Classic is a pair of 210cm, mid 1970's GRAVES SKI PATROL (just the standard but with HUGE saftey lettering that spells out SKI PATROL. These also do not turn! I also have a pair of GRAVES HOT DOGGER's in my parents basement, 175's.
I should probably move them out since I haven't lived there in 20 years. There may also be an old pair of late 60's HEAD STANDARD's there! I think I'll go retreive my treasures this weekend.
post #27 of 29
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How the hell did we ski on things like that?
Option 1 - Skid the ski sideways and eventually you will change direction.
Option 2 - Drive all you weight into the tip of the ski causing it to bend and create an arc to turn on (along with massive calcium deposits on your shin bones that take decades to disappear.)

Ah, the good ol' days.
post #28 of 29
Those skis don't bend!

I recall using lot's of upweighting motion, hopping, and ever classic, wedel!
post #29 of 29
The oldest skis I use are 2002/03 Atomic GS-11 and Race SG. I have a basement full of old stuff which I originally saved as rock skis, (and some are in pristine condition, even a few wrapped still), but they are all old technology and therefore useless to me. I was hoping to get in there one day a give them all the heave-ho. Everyone keeps saying I should make furniture with them, but that's so 70's.
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