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fate of WC skis

post #1 of 19
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After all is said and done, where do skis raced in the WC end up? Market, company labs for testing, recycled??
post #2 of 19
We (a major eastern ski school) used to get some of the US Ski Teams Training skis after they were done testing/training with them. They were quite a deal.

I think we paid $ 35 a pair, around 1979 or so. One year the stuff was so good people were literally skiing them till the bases fell off.
post #3 of 19
If a DH or SG ski is fast, they'll run it until they can't be run no more.
post #4 of 19
You see them on EBay every now and then. I got a pair of p60 Slaloms last year. I can't prove that they are off the world cup but they had Marker bindings I have never seen before (din=15-30) and were a good deal, world cup or not...
post #5 of 19
I have Salomon World Cup Downhill and GS skis obtained through the rep. The topsheets are slightly different as are some of the markings.
post #6 of 19
I have bought nordic skis from three olympians and a bike from another. I have no equipment excuses.

Alpine skis are a bit heavy so it's hard for them to bring all 27 pairs home at the end of the season,
post #7 of 19
Many of the World Cup skis belong to the manufacturers. Many others belong to the National Ski Federations. World Cup athletes do not have many personal skis, since the evolution is very fast, and therefore have little to sell. If you watched the World Cup this season, you may have noticed that many Atomic skiers were using last season's graphics on their SG and DH skis. This is because the Aerospeed topsheets can not be easily recovered, and the skis ran fast so they kept using them.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Betaracer
World Cup athletes do not have many personal skis, since the evolution is very fast, and therefore have little to sell. .
I never saw a manufacturer say they couldn't take a pair home. We carried 17 pairs home from the World Cup finals last year. Included a pile of Atomics.
post #9 of 19
I have a friend that has lots of WC and FIS skis. He said that a ski is at least 2 seasons old before they get rid of them. Edges on WC skis are minimal and cannot take a lot of sharpening so usually they are garbage after half a season.

Interesting is that Anja Paerson switched back to her last years skis midseason. She was not making any good results and even had a bad crash due to problems with skis. Once she switched back to the old ones she was her self again and won the WC second year in a row.
post #10 of 19
A friend who skis on Fischers needed SG skis last season for one of the FIS races. She told her mom Fischer let her use one of Kirsten Clarks pairs while she was hurt. When mom ask "how do you know they're Kirstens skis?" she said "because her name is on them".

So they will pass them down to younger races also.
post #11 of 19
I think the skis go different ways.
Sucessful DH skis, as Betaracer said, are used till it´s possible to ski on them.
I remember the rumors concerning Blizzard during WCs 2001. Before the DH race new snow came aplenty and skis perfect on hardpack were slow. The Blizzard people should have been considering trying old Kronbegrer´s skis which were somewhere in the factory museum...
Burtin inherited Alphand´s fast skis when Luc retired and he ran them completely down in Scandinavia (total base burn) - at least that´s what has been said on Eurosport TV.
Lots of skis get back to the manufacturer, some are passed/sold by the athletes to friends.
Race skis used just for a couple of races can be skied on, training skis often have no more edges to file.
Another interesting group are skis tested by the stars and not chosen. I think they mostly filter down to lower-level racers under contract.
Sometimes the skis end up in hands of "semi-mortals" like some of us are and occasionally in the hands of anybody who pays for them (recent e-bay auction of Knauss´ GS skis comes to mind).
post #12 of 19
My son had a pair of Benni Raich's slalom skis. They made it through one season for him (barely) and I used them a couple of seasons. They got very tired and when skied hard actually lost camber throughout the day. Once recovered (overnight) they had some camber again. They were really fun skis (173's). I have had other WC skis also including last season's Volkl. When getting these second hand, there usually are not much edge left, but for PNW soft snow (very little this year) I can get by with them.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
My son had a pair of Benni Raich's slalom skis. They made it through one season for him (barely) and I used them a couple of seasons. They got very tired and when skied hard actually lost camber throughout the day. Once recovered (overnight) they had some camber again.
How much ski life did they have when they started to lose camber?
My Dynastars do the same now. I haven´t used them too often and was surprised to experience this. Like you say: recovery overnight (now they seem to be perfect) but lost of contact at the tips after the first run.
post #14 of 19
Checkracer:

I skied one full season after they had started to show clear signs of loss of camber. Mind you, I did not race and used them for my all mountain ski and carving ski. These were about 12m radius skis and when carving, the ski was of course bent in reverse camber anyway so I can't say I really noticed it that much. One would presume that initiating the turn could suffer, but I really did not ski on that much ice and hardpack. I do recall strapping them up after a day of a lot of carving when after fastining the lower and middle strap that I had ahalf inch gap or so where I would attach the upper strap/ Really did look kind of funny. But as they warmed up to room temperature, they seemed to recover.
post #15 of 19
did you notice this when taking them from a warm room to the cold outdoors?
if so, think back to high scool physics and the bimetal strip...
post #16 of 19
Waxman. When this was happening I thought about that also and I do not think it had much to do with what I was experiencing. Although I am not entirely sure on how this ski was made, my recollection is that it had a metal layer near the base. So when cooled it should increase camber. The camber loss seemed to occur only on the front part of the ski from the toe piece forward.
post #17 of 19
Use to be the racers would sell their equipment at the end of the season. That's how
I got several pairs during the old march Aspen WC races. You could even buy their cloths, was cheap at first, then they got a little greedy. I bought a pair of bent downhill poles before they were on the market. BTW The tune on the skis is unbeleivable!
post #18 of 19
I heard that when Bode went to Atomic, he got Eberharter's DH skis from last year.
post #19 of 19
@evansilver. That is definitely true, I could see S.E = the initials from Steff on the ski, when watching a race on TV. HM freaked out about it, skis often stay with the serviceman, or at least that is what the media in Austria is saying about this topic. (as Ex-worldcuppers they know about it for sure, but how much don't they tell?)
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