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# How many skies do you own and use?

### Poll Results: How many pairs of skis do you own and use?

• 12% (25)
1 pair
• 24% (51)
2 pairs
• 30% (62)
3 pairs
• 10% (22)
4 pairs
• 21% (45)
5+ pairs
So we're having a little debate over how many pairs of skis a "serious" recreational skier owns and uses in a typical season. Now I'm not talking about the pair of 190's you have stored in your basement that you haven't used in years, but skis you actually use on a regular basis. My husband and I currently have 2 pairs of skis each, one pair all mountain skis and one pair of park/bump twintip skis. So essentially we can feel confident that we can have fun in any condition. However, Mr. "I promise we don't need to buy anything else this season" is debating on buying Slalom skis insisting that most "serious" skiers have like 5 pairs of skis. So I pose the question to all of you, who I would consider skier enthusiasts
So I like buying ski stuff.

Women have no idea.
I currently have 1 pair, but would like to add another pair or two in the next couple of years. Though, when push comes to shove, I'll spend my money on skiing (pass & house, or trips, etc.) over new skis. Skis are a tool, and while the right tool makes the job (or in this case sport) easier, practice and conditioning can allow you to make the most of any tool.
I'm sorry to tell you that your husband is wrong: (certainly you've never had to tell him this before). I'm also certain he won't be too upset though.

The formula for determining the correct number of skis is: (n + 1).
n = the current number of ski's owned

Clearly you can see where this formula is much more logical, and that 5 is nothing more than a random arbitrary number
I have many skies I enjoy. Sunny skies, cloudy skies, blue skies, stary skies, dark skies, moon lit skies, gray skies, clear skies.
No one owns the sky. But I use the one we have access to quite often.
It especially looks beautiful out in the country
Ok, back on topic. I've got one pair of skis. I bought them the first season I started skiing! I just loved the sport so much! I knew it would be a good investment of my money. One pair is plenty for me. I do not need anymore. I am sure these skis will last for years and years. I have only had them about two seasons so far. My boyfriend was surprised how fast I purchased skis!
Dang!! Snowdog was 1/2 step ahead of me in picking up on the skies thang.
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 Originally Posted by Scalce So I like buying ski stuff. Women have no idea.
I can attest to Scalce's shopping tendencies. He asks more gear questions than anyone else in here. hint

Since I live in "Big Sky" country, I only see one sky when I ski. Who are these people who see alternate skies?

For skis, I have 3 pair.
Everyone "needs" at least three pair.....right?
Lets see:
Hard snow, soft snow (what's that?) and Rocks. Add bumps and gates if you want, so you are easily up to 5. Yes, you can do double duty with some (gates/hard snow etc. ) but hey, its fun to play with more than one pair. Somepeople just can't help themselves-Although my wife has a hard time getting this.
Why does everyone butcher the spelling of skis?

By the way, I have three pairs of skis now but last year only used my B2's
Skis are like fly rods... the more the better. I end up fishing with only one or two rods *most* of the time, but there are lots of situations where a different tool is really what's called for.

Personally, I think it's great fun to go from one pair of skis to another and feel the differences in how they respond to varying kinds of snow. I suppose that if I didn't have a locker at the bottom of the hill I might not want to deal with changing skis, but since I do and since I ski a hill with such all-over-the-map conditions, I love having a quiver.

Bob
Those who wanna be considered as real skiers should have a minimum of at least 4 pairs of skis, right?
I have generally about 3 pair for each model year.

I keep generally one pair of those for my "collection" I don't know how many pair I have lying around, probably about 20.

What I absolutely need:
-Slalom ski. Currently a FIS legal 165 Blizzard. Will replace with same for this season. I tune through edges quickly. There is plenty of edge left, but I have to sell them before there isn't.
-GS ski. Currently a FIS illegal Rossignol 9X PPS. I ski on it only when I train GS for fun. Or run GS for fun at USSA events. 181cm.
-Eastern All Mountain Ski. Will use a Blizzard X-Cross 9 this year. 168.
-Screwing around in deep snow ski. Will keep my Pocket Rockets, 185.

What I'd like:
-A "bigger" midfat for bigger mountains.
-A real powder ski again. And the place to use it. When I lived in Utah, I skied about half my days on my 198 4x4 BIGs.
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 Originally Posted by SnowDog I have many skies I enjoy. Sunny skies, cloudy skies, blue skies, stary skies, dark skies, moon lit skies, gray skies, clear skies.
Yeah, I didn't marry her for her brains.

I just saw a pair of last years Atomic SL:9s for \$285 without bindings.

I told her slalom skis are important.
Thanks everyone for pointing out my typo in the title - of course leave it to me to mess up the most important part of the post :P At least I didn't type it wrong in the entire post as that would indicate that I really can't spell 4 letter words! Oh well, Skiing Man I can only hope that you have a huge house to store your 20 pair of skis - wow! As for us, we can barely store what we have now, so let's all play "let's discourage Scalce from buying Slalom skis" P.S. Just don't tell him I told you too
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 Originally Posted by xrisi421 Thanks everyone for pointing out my typo in the title - of course leave it to me to mess up the most important part of the post :P At least I didn't type it wrong in the entire post as that would indicate that I really can't spell 4 letter words! Oh ell, Skiing Man I can only hope that you have a huge house to store your 20 pair of skis - wow! As for us, we can barely store what we have now, so let's all play "let's discourage Scalce from buying Slalom skis"
OK.

I only freeski on my slalom skis at small mountains without much of anything other than groomed terrain.

I can go out at night and get a darn good workout on them in 2 hours. Like, wobbly legs. At a 1000 foot hill.

But I rarely ever take them on a trip with me. They live in my box on weeknights, get retuned two or three times a week, and sit in the basement on weekends.

Some of my skis are actually stored at work, right now. Most of them are hanging in the basement. Skis don't take up much room. My two cars take up a lot more, lol.

I could never autocross my van, but my little Mazda isn't very useful with more than two people in it. I think I'm just a packrat.
-Garrett
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 Originally Posted by Bob Peters Skis are like fly rods... the more the better. I end up fishing with only one or two rods *most* of the time, but there are lots of situations where a different tool is really what's called for. Personally, I think it's great fun to go from one pair of skis to another and feel the differences in how they respond to varying kinds of snow. I suppose that if I didn't have a locker at the bottom of the hill I might not want to deal with changing skis, but since I do and since I ski a hill with such all-over-the-map conditions, I love having a quiver. Bob
I can't believe that you and I have not talked about fishing. OVERSIGHT.
I have 3 pairs in the current rotation, but own 7 pairs.
At the hill I work at part timers are only allowed to keep 1 pair in the instructor room due to space issues. So even though I keep 2 pairs of skiable skis, I really end up skiing 1 pair in almost all conditions. I used to have the teaching pair, and the skiing pair.... it got to be a pain in the ass to flip flop between them since I only get to ski occaisionally and teach a lot. I now keep one pair at the mountain for everything.

The real challenge is to become a good enough skier to be able to use your skis in all conditions, instead of needing a different ski for different conditions. It's not all the equipment you know.
i currently have ten but i am trying to get rid of four
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 Originally Posted by EasternSkiBum The real challenge is to become a good enough skier to be able to use your skis in all conditions, instead of needing a different ski for different conditions. It's not all the equipment you know.
And once you *can* ski one pair of skis in all conditions, you start to really understand how much better a pair that's designed for certain conditions can be.

Given a choice, I typically would use an F150 rather than a Ferrari if I'm going to haul firewood.

Bob
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 Originally Posted by Bob Peters Given a choice, I typically would use an F150 rather than a Ferrari if I'm going to haul firewood. Bob
Hmmmmmm. Given a choice, I just might take the Ferrari and haul it 1 piece at a time.
Oh, come on xrisi, let the boy have his SL boards. He could be chasing worse things than skis ya know!
I was going to say 4, but after reading your introduction I've had to downgrade to 1.
A 198 cm GS ski. That's all I use and have used for the past 4-6 seasons.
Agreed, I'd love to buy one midfat, one Race carver and one SL ski, plus one of those
new Superspeed or 6*.
Quite simply I do not have the €€€. So I keep skiing with my old skis, can do pretty much everything but off piste.
Of course this comes at a price: fatigue.
I just picked up #6.

At our house the ski conversation goes something like this:

"Honey, how come you need 6 pairs of skis?" "For the same reason you need 250 pairs of shoes." "Oh."
Why doesn't anyone count the "other" skis in the garage?
First and formost there is the fast skis which need to stay in top condition, (P30's) 1.
then there is the general all around ski, if you are going to an unknown area and only want to take one pair in the car, 2.
Then there is the all important rock skis for november/december skiing where they don't make snow, 3.
then there is the Tele skis, good (4) and rock, the count is up to 5.
Then there is the x-c skis, no such thing as a rock ski there. 6. and a spare pair, 7.
But also considered are the backup spares which may just come into play if the rock skis take a turn for the worse, pun intended. These do take up room in the garage. And the pair I picked up at the dump last summer which I haven't skied on yet.

I want to hear about the skis you broke.
delams don't count. Destroyed the ski is the topic. I once hit the concrete base of the lift and destroyed a HEAD 200, the black metal skis with the yellow bottoms. The best one was a brand new pair of Rossi SM's I had less than a week on them and I flew off a jump, straight up in the air and landed on both tails with the skis still vertical, snap.snap. Rossi replaced them no questions asked. I tried to break a pair of Kniessel Red Stars once, They had progressed to the rock ski stage and I tried all season to bash them but still couldn't do it. one tough ski.

Then there was the pair of Hexel honeycombs we laid across a ditch and broke with a backhoe just because we wanted to see what was inside.
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 Originally Posted by gonzostrike I can't believe that you and I have not talked about fishing. OVERSIGHT.
I think anyone familier with your posts should know that you're an avid fisherman.
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 Originally Posted by SnowDog Hmmmmmm. Given a choice, I just might take the Ferrari and haul it 1 piece at a time.
I suspect you'd have to split it first, Snowdog, just to fit it in. Makes for many more trips that way
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 Originally Posted by Coach13 I think anyone familier with your posts should know that you're an avid fisherman.
words & humans, flies & fish... what's the difference?
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