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post #1 of 16
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Last week I spoke with a skier who had a pair of the old green Rossi s4's -- nothing so unusual about that -- but they were mounted with Spademan bindings, complete with the detachable the boot plates. (I actually used that setup once, about 1982, on a borrowed pair of Rossi Stratuses. They were old then). He said that the S4's were the fourth pair of skis that he had put the Spademans on! Has anyone seen leather boots or Cubcos this year? Telemark doesn't count.
post #2 of 16
Not this year, but last year I saw a guy who was skiing with leather lace-up boots and period tyrolia bindings on Head Standards. He was of an age that he must have bought them new. This was at Mt. Baker. He was also wearing mostly wool. I got the feeling that he was seriously up to ski, not to show off his old school stuff.
post #3 of 16
Spotted a pair of Rossignol Staro 102's in the liftline yesterday. I'd estimate the ski was 32-35 years old.
post #4 of 16
I had a kid (6 or 7) in a Children's class 2 years ago with leather ski boots.

Had a guy walk up to demo some skis this year with leather ski boots in hand.

I remember Spademan bindings from when I first started to ski in 1973. Haven't seen any on the hill.

Saw a guy bringing up a pair of K2 244's yesterday. Those have got to be late 70s vintage.
post #5 of 16
Five of us we're skiing several Mountains in NH during President's week this year . It was our first time skiing in NH so we did a differant area each day .On our last day we decided to ski Tenney Mtn. I took a ride up the lift with an 81 yr old man in tremendous shape. He had an ancient pair of Rossi's on that were strapped on with leather safety straps . I have no idea how old they were .

The guy was an inspiration a real old time NH skier who was interested only in skiing -----not being sucked in by cache offered by the higher priced ticket venues !! He had a 30 yr LL Bean Jacket an equally aged Baseball style skiers cap and leather mittens of the same vintage

He had had some problems earlier in the day since he had'nt skied in FIVE years . So after having spent the first hr on the mid-mtn station he decided to give it a go from the top.

Without him knowing, I followed him down and he was amazing for his age !!!! While he was not ripping , he was among the most graceful skiers i've ever had the pleasure to watch. And his attitude was refreshing -it was the Pure joy of being out on the mtn again !!!

I sure hope that i can be as good a skier when i'm of that age
post #6 of 16

Inner Soul

We all should be so lucky to maintain our inner skiing soul for sooo long and still
have the drive to get out on the hill and be free
post #7 of 16
Yesterday, I saw someone on a pair of Hexel "Hexelerators" with Solomon bindings from the same era (late 1970's I believe). Everything appeared to be in pretty good shape.
post #8 of 16
A couple of weeks ago I saw a guy with the old gray Fischer 'Racing Cuts' but better still they had old Markers with ski brakes on the toe that pointed forward. I first noticed him skiing up on a traverse and seeing the spray of snow coming off the brake that was dragging in the snow.

Someone recently theorized that the hockey strike has brought a number of prairie dwellers out to the hills in an effort to fill their weekends.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by L7
Someone recently theorized that the hockey strike has brought a number of prairie dwellers out to the hills in an effort to fill their weekends.
There is no hockey strike - it is a lockout. There's a huge difference.
post #10 of 16
It gets worse!! There also seems to have been an outbreak of guys in one piece suits again!:
post #11 of 16
One piece NEON suits and even fur hats are somehow making a comeback.
What's up with that?
post #12 of 16
Maybe it's time to get all my old fluoro gear on E-bay!!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
It gets worse!! There also seems to have been an outbreak of guys in one piece suits again!:
I saw one in a bright red one piece with a matching fanny pack. I was praying for a little grease to drip from the lift towers.

I also saw a guy in an old alpiners hat and practicing with a single stave. His skis were nothing real old though. He had some good ruddering technique.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
There is no hockey strike - it is a lockout. There's a huge difference.
Glad to know someone cares that much about it. A lot more than I do. I think of it more as a generic greed out personally but I did make that slip.
post #15 of 16
Last time I was at Jay Peak I overheard the 4 (over 70 year old) men at the next table. One was complaining he had found a crack in his "new" skis. They asked him how new. He said he had just picked these about 25 years ago, so he had to ski on his "old pair." He then went on to complain that he had stopped at the ski shop and none of the skis were straight, so he was going to search for some used skis.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by roundturns
Spotted a pair of Rossignol Staro 102's in the liftline yesterday. I'd estimate the ski was 32-35 years old.
Same here at Sunshine but were on racks. Got a picture taken with them.
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