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What to do with old skis?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of Rossi 7GK 205cm with Salomon 977 Equipe bindings. I have not been on these in years and they are well-maintained and in good shape. I have a hard time thowing things out but know I am not sure if I will ever use them again. I would hate to throw these out, but I am doubting the value and interest for these. If there is a retro day somewhere I would be all set.

I also have a pair of Rossi Black Widows tele skis, 193cm with Pitbulls - pausing to let the laughter die down.... I never cared for them, have not used them in years and they are in good shape also. Would these be of value or interest to anyone or do I take them to the dump?

Any thoughts? Dump trip, donate, sell or save?
post #2 of 28
Sounds like the beginnings of a sweet adirondack chair to me
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
That is an option I forgot about, thanks. A local guy too, very cool.
post #4 of 28
Shot skis!
post #5 of 28
Collect them and make a cool fence.
post #6 of 28
If the 977s are in good shape you might be able to sell them on ebay, I've seen them there before. Some people swear by the driver series bindings, especially the equipes.
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
I was planning on removing the 977s as well. Ebay is good idea and will help justify new gear...
post #8 of 28
If I had kept my old Hexcels, I'd be putting them on the wall at my place in PC.

Hindsight
post #9 of 28
Oh well, can't get the link to work. Anyway, there's a nice ski fence in Leadville.
post #10 of 28
This is America. We throw things away. Don't insult the sacrifices of those who built this great nation by holding onto junk.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by TeleCarve
I was planning on removing the 977s as well. Ebay is good idea and will help justify new gear...
I actually just bought a pair of 977 Equipes on eBay (now I'll have to buy skis for them). You also might think of posting them for sale over on TGR, I've seen some dicussion about the drivers over there, and the metal Equipes are highly prized by some.
post #12 of 28

Display them

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Originally Posted by MilesB
This is America. We throw things away. Don't insult the sacrifices of those who built this great nation by holding onto junk.
HAHA! Funny! I think the Quakers or Shakers or Amish say throw away anything that isn't beautiful or useful.

When you come into my living space you will see six pairs of long straight alpine skis at the end of a short hall. Neatly lined up edge to edge (so you see the graphics), but just leaning on the wall as if ready to go out the door on the next ski trip. Then you have to U-turn and go upstairs to get to the rest of my hovel, er, "crib". They are not useful or beautiful, but they are displayed there and I like it. There are two pair of old nordic skis piled and a teleboard and lurk in the other corner of that wall. A little ski history museum type thing right there after you've worked your way past the bicycle and recycle bin.

I should rid myself of this useless, ugly stuff (not the bike, my beautiful SUV). For instance, two of the pairs are pink KVCs and another pair has a purple motif. I never skied two of the pairs, dumped off on me by "friends" (the purple and one of the pinks).

THe best is to leave a pair outside the bus station unattended, or in the hall of an office building, so some stupid bike messenger cum ski thief can get a chance to learn how to transport a pair of long boards. Or even the office drone, takes them home and shows them to friends who "ski". They frown and shrug, "yes, they were top of the line race skis ten years ago".
post #13 of 28
If you don't know how to wax or tune your own skis, but would like to learn, you could use these skis for practice. I've taught a couple of friends how to wax their own skis, and let them practice on my old straight skis.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by TeleCarve
That is an option I forgot about, thanks. A local guy too, very cool.
Yup. There's a fair amount of Ma$$holes on this board
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Shot skis!
Hehehe. The guy I stay with has a nice shot ski in the bar at his place.
post #16 of 28
yikes....


purple people eaters!!!! I had a pair of 208's....mostly they got the better of me...but a couple of days....when I was in a special place.........

whee!!!!!!!!!

here's a novel idea

take em out and see if you can still ski em

should be real fun

I got a pair of 203 rossi 4sk's mint with salomon 957 equipes, I take em out one day a year....just to make sure I still got it, the 7gk 208's...behind the water heater sans bindings(which were sold on ebay, racing bindings go quick if still indemnified) those puppies....nah I'm not that brave anymore

lemme know how you make out.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Birdman829
Hehehe. The guy I stay with has a nice shot ski in the bar at his place.
I'll throw up a picture of mine at some point.
post #18 of 28
I have a set of PRE 223cm dhp`s with solomon 747 bindings sitting in my attic just waiting for the right person to come along.I Could make 2 chairs out of those sticks but am afraid of the bad Karma!:
post #19 of 28
I've used just the tip-half of the ski screwed to a wall as nifty coat hooks.

I've also made a very dangerous sled out of a 223cm DH board mounted lengthwise to the bottom of a picnic bench with some 2x4's and shorter K2's used as out-riggers. One of my buddies ended up in the hospital ...
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
I have to say, I am new to this board and never expected so many responses. I am very impressed. Here is what I am thinking:

1) I have no free time for another project (chair, fence, etc...), so that's out.

2) The tele skis and bindings are truly junk and will be separated and tossed so that no one has the misfortune of getting on that combination of equipment again.

3) Now the 7GK with 977E (these are not the pure purple ones, but the silver fading into purple, man I am not missing the colors of the late 80s/early 90s). I am torn between removing the bindings and selling for $25-30 and trashing the skis or keeping the set for a day of giggles when I convince my longtime skiing buddy to take out his 207 cm Atomic red sleds or just playing hookey for work and doing a mid-week cruising day when its nice and cold and slick. I am leaning towards keeping these just in case.

Thanks everyone. Oh, since I originally posted I found a couple of other pairs of skis in my basement. One is an unmounted Volant 200cm slalom ski with no graphics at all that the rep gave me. The other is a 207 cm K2 "test" ski that I was able to get info from K2 based on the serial#. Apparantly they were the GS contemporaries of the K2 VO Slalom (loved that ski). These are mounted with a pair of Marker MRR pre-twincam pre-releaser.
post #21 of 28
At least thats a more dignified way to treat those old dogs. Leaving them next to the trash can where some homeless person would use them as a roof on their cardboard palace might bring bonus points though.
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Originally Posted by Woodee
I've used just the tip-half of the ski screwed to a wall as nifty coat hooks.

I've also made a very dangerous sled out of a 223cm DH board mounted lengthwise to the bottom of a picnic bench with some 2x4's and shorter K2's used as out-riggers. One of my buddies ended up in the hospital ...
post #22 of 28
Those red sleds were great skis.I really liked how my MRR rotomatts would release at the absolute worst time.Surprised I made it through that era ,circ1985/86.
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Originally Posted by TeleCarve
I have to say, I am new to this board and never expected so many responses. I am very impressed. Here is what I am thinking:

1) I have no free time for another project (chair, fence, etc...), so that's out.

2) The tele skis and bindings are truly junk and will be separated and tossed so that no one has the misfortune of getting on that combination of equipment again.

3) Now the 7GK with 977E (these are not the pure purple ones, but the silver fading into purple, man I am not missing the colors of the late 80s/early 90s). I am torn between removing the bindings and selling for $25-30 and trashing the skis or keeping the set for a day of giggles when I convince my longtime skiing buddy to take out his 207 cm Atomic red sleds or just playing hookey for work and doing a mid-week cruising day when its nice and cold and slick. I am leaning towards keeping these just in case.

Thanks everyone. Oh, since I originally posted I found a couple of other pairs of skis in my basement. One is an unmounted Volant 200cm slalom ski with no graphics at all that the rep gave me. The other is a 207 cm K2 "test" ski that I was able to get info from K2 based on the serial#. Apparantly they were the GS contemporaries of the K2 VO Slalom (loved that ski). These are mounted with a pair of Marker MRR pre-twincam pre-releaser.
post #23 of 28
these folks are suckers for old ski threads.....this might go on for weeks....the usual responders haven't even chimed in yet...you aren't even started yet.

those are the same as my 208's, I loved those graphics! I think 7gk one of the best looking skis ever. Not for laid back skiing tho...required constant attention to technique. Sit back and die. Gotta pay attention at 40mph plus, which is where those skis just started to warm up. Yep those were really fast skis. I found out real quick they weren't for cruising with the family, but you ski em fast and clean = wow. With the metal under the topsheet they just flew. The couple of times I conquered them was the proudest I have ever been on a ski hill....I recall a end of the season trip to sunday river with my ski school as one of the perfect days...early 90's spent most of the day on obsession at sunday river, perfect trail for turning those loose(the trail next to white heat/similar pitch, no bumps) I was focused and on it, no one could touch those skis.....not a chance. One of my buddies had power 8 salomon 1s (212's) and I buried him. NO contest. Ah memories.....that's what a thread like this is all about and why bears like to chime in. The magic of the past. (and of course the older I get the better I used to be)

Glad you agree to keep em. I promise you get in the lift line with those pups you will be the talk of the town. Heck I made friends with everyone in the lift line when I ski'd the 203's one day last year. Of course they are mint, and that got everybody's attention. You see a lot of beater rossi 4s still, but rarely see a mint pair. It's amazing how quickly old school has become ancient history in the lift line....kinda cool in a way. I have thought a couple times of skiing old school all the time, I sure have plenty of old school skis left in great condition....but face it the new technology is just too good.

if you decide not to keep em pm ghost....he'll buy em
post #24 of 28
You could donate them to your local mountain's handicapped skiers association
post #25 of 28
Bring them to a ski shop to get tuned..then just don't comeback to pick them up.
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
Now that is thinking. I worked in shops and nothing makes an organized shop manager more frustrated than seeing the same skis on the back racks day after day.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by TeleCarve
Now that is thinking. I worked in shops and nothing makes an organized shop manager more frustrated than seeing the same skis on the back racks day after day.
and week after week..year after year.

Oh, and make sure you give them a phoney name and phone number
post #28 of 28
donate them to the handiacpped skiier association. they will make outriggers out of them instead of filling a landfill.
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