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How long do skis last?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
When are skis done?
How many tunings, grindings or runs does it take to declare A ski done?
I skied at whistler with a guy from ski patrol who skis 80 days/yr. He told me most skis he wears out in a year but Volkls last him 2-3.
Opinions or comments?
post #2 of 15
once again...
Originally Posted by bklyntrayc
Apply this equation to your current situation:

Life of ski =

(length of time owned + cost of acquisition + any bragging you did on how great the ski is) +

(any money acquired in the sale of old ski - hassle from spouse/parent significant other on the purchase of a new ski) -

(strength of lust for replacement ski + cost of acquisition + strength of social pressure to get off the old gear + any potential bragging rights on the hot new ski + every run you've turned away from on old skis because you doubted your ability/were tired/decided it was too late in the day)
post #3 of 15
one day to many years, all depends on how and where you rip on em.
post #4 of 15
Depends to a great extent on where you ski. I ski mostly on man-made ice. I figure I need new skis after about 150 days. By then, I usually will have had the edges ground flat twice to accommodate the plastic base wearing down.
post #5 of 15
Reminds me of the old Tootsie-Roll Pop comercial. How many years/licks does a ski/Tootsie-Roll Pop last ?

One ... Two ... Thrrrree.


I've had skis last too long - seems they're always the ones you don't like, and I've had others last a mere 7 days. The answer is anywhere in between there.
post #6 of 15
I have a friend whose rock skis have been stone ground so many times that you can see the binding screws through the bottom. The limit is imposed by you, not the ski. Technically, stuff from 1970 is still skiable, but why?
post #7 of 15
It also depends on how well you take care of your skis. If you don't wax enough, the bases will wear out faster. Man-made snow will wear down wax/unwaxed bases faster. Your mileage per ski day may vary. Storing skis in the off season in an unwaxed condition in hot, sunny or too dry or too humid air can also shorten the MTBNS (mean time between new skis).

The cycle for new technology these days is about 3-4 years. After 4 seasons the technology in the current crop of skis is so much better than the old skis, that even if your old skis are not worn out, it's worth it to sell your old stuff and get new gear (as long as you have the money).
post #8 of 15
I have had skis that I got rid of after one day and I still have my first new pair of skis I got in 1981, Pre 1200 SP's. So..I would say...depends.
post #9 of 15
Tuning will affect the life span of your skis more than a 'break down' of the ski. If you have your skis tuned after, say, every 4 days on snow and have a 'complete' tune meening a stonegrind/ edge/ wax you are killing your skis. If you keep your edges sharp and the bases waxed and only have the bases ground once or twice a year you'll greatly extend the life of your boards. Keep them tuned but you usually don't need a 'works' tune every time you have work done. You'll save a few bucks on the tune also.
post #10 of 15
Well, I only replace my Volkl P9 GS 203's this year... and I bought them back in 1989 (I ski ~20 days a year). Nothing really wrong with them although they have lost their camber which makes initiating a turn a bit more work than it used to be. Bases are fine - no gouges or core shots and I've never needed a base grind... the edges are a bit dull but still hold on "hard packed granular" (read ice). If you look after them, they'll last you quite a while.
post #11 of 15
A lot depends on the length of the ski, compared to the weight of the skier. A heavy (250#) skiier ripping on a pair of 168cm skis is going to flex the ski out very quicklly compared to a 125# skier, skiing slowely on greens and blues. The core material also makes a difference. A foam core will generally break down faster than a wood core ski. If the skis seem unstable on hard snow (ice) at medium and high speeds, it is flexed-out. A ski that is flexed out is somehwat dangerous to ski on, it flexes so much that the bindings tend to release when ripping across a bump. Maybe it would be still good for soft spring snow.

post #12 of 15
The amount of time you can keep your skis is inversely proportional to the number of times little people that have run over the top.
post #13 of 15
Originally Posted by Ron White
A lot depends on the length of the ski, compared to the weight of the skier. ...

That follows my experience. In the mid-80's I had a pair of the proto-type, race-room (black/grey) Rossi 4's (I believe that Authier made them for Rossi). They were stiff, lousy in the bumps, but held ice really well over the years and for countless ski days. Each year I demoed many new skis and deemed them inferior. Then, one day I tried a regular pair of Rossi 7S's and realized that the 4's had passed their prime. Was it the 4's wear or the improved technology of the 7S's? I don't know, but in one run I knew to my bones that the newer ski was better. This experience has been repeated many times since, but I can usually ski wood core skis at least 100 days before bending or core-shotting them. (Full disclosure: You don't want to buy skis from me, as most have become junk.)

There again, perhaps there was once a bullet-proof ski manufactured. Most seasons I usually see more than one person on an old pair of Olin Mark IV's, which are circa 1984. The owners ski well and seem happy with them.

post #14 of 15
Originally Posted by treeskier
Most seasons I usually see more than one person on an old pair of Olin Mark IV's, which are circa 1984. The owners ski well and seem happy with them.

Some people jsut don't know that they don't know.

It was more than once I had a family come into the shop to get their skied tuned for their "big western trip". They were bringing in (example) old Rossi Snowbirds with Salomon 626's. I try to explain to these fork that they just invested (in some cases) upwards of $10,000.00 and that they be actually renting skis than to ski these old ones. In more cases than not, the people got real huffy and made us tune the old gear.
post #15 of 15

Question re X-Screams and camber

Was looking longingly at our skis on the rack, which is all one can do without any snow at all: . I noticed my husband's skis were totally flat to eachother, no space between them at the bindings. They are X-screams (i know, i know, but he loves them). I'm wondering if this means they have lost their camber and are shot. Or is it just those skis? They have not seen all that much mileage due to his back problems the last season, but I'm thinking it might be time to convince him to think about a new pair. If the bases and edges are OK, does it matter that they look flat?
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