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Do You Baby Your Skis On The Mountain?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
How many people check their bases everytime they step out of their skis and rack them?

I probably have OCD but I always strap my skis when transporting and always check my edges and bases.

This does not suck the fun out of my skiing as some may think but is just a routine that my wife and I always do.

Any other freaks?
post #2 of 17
After skiing I wipe the snow off the edges and bindings with a large towel. I then put them back to back safely in the car and drive home. It always pains me to see a new scratch in the base when I'm wiping them down, and I second guess myself as to weather or not I should have had them out with so little snow cover, but what can I do? I live in Ontario, and I want to ski my skis. On the mountain I do my best to avoid the brown snow rocks and gravel, but I like to ski the steeper runs, that don't hold the snow that well, the steeper runs where the boarders scrape, and the other skiers brake-check: .
post #3 of 17
I am totally OCD about the bases. I always strap (with the hardcore straps with the big cushion between the skis) and I always check 'em at the end of the day and wipe 'em down. Doesn't mean I don't hurt them, however, as I mostly like to ski back bowls at Copper and Vail, which of course means *natural obstacles.* That said, I usually tune about every three days out, depending on use and abuse.

Sad moment on my newest skis a week ago. I had skied them twice and bases were still pretty pristine, except for a quarter-sized area with two small holes down to the Ptex. How I managed to find a rock shark with a bite that precise, I'll never know! Full tune two days in. . . grrr.

Mollie
post #4 of 17
the back side at Discovery Basin had thin cover last weekend.

my new iM 88s got quite a few gouges, and the edges got fairly round.
post #5 of 17
On the way home, I put headphones on their ears (binding toe wings)
and play a self-help cd for them.
Unfortunately, there has never been a miraculous repair that was done
when I arrived.
post #6 of 17
I destroy mine. They're meant to be used and replaced. I mean, take as many precautions as I can, trying to get snow off and pack carefully, but when push comes to shove, they're skis. If I'm doing a race and their's a piece of debris in the way, guess who's going over it. If I get a gouge, that’s all the more reason to go get a tune. As long as I don't do any irreversible damage, its fine by me. I figure that between changes that are made by the companies and the wear and tear of skiing 5 days a week, equipment needs replacing around every two years. That’s not to say that they still aren't good after two years, but that’s just what I do.
post #7 of 17
Uhmm no, I don't check unless I feel something holding me up and it makes me check. Otherwise I will catch it when I am home and tuning my skis for the next days outing. If they are scratched , which they probably will be, I'll simply repair them like a thousand times before. I beat the living hell out of my skis. I am never on the groomers ; always off in the woods or somewheres where it's steep and the crowds of speed bumps are not ! Easier to rack the bases in the woods and rocks! Occasionally the skis beat the living hell out of me.
post #8 of 17
I took my new Big Stix 7.6 out yesterday in what charitably would be called thin cover with windblown over real honest to god ice.

Thanks to Gonzo's---er Uncle Cruds tuning skill, they behaved quite nicely thank you!

I was afraid to look---so I just wiped them down and will survey the damage this evening---but I didn't hear any nasty sounds.

I usually survey at the end of the day---not every time I take them off.

I will sometimes take one off and have a look if I've hit something nasty during the previous run.
post #9 of 17
I take a look when I hit something or if I feel a loss of edge bite. Yesterday, I felt both. I hit some lose gravel at the top of one of the runs at Breck (thanks, I expect, to over-zealous grooming) and took a couple of chunks out of the base. Up to that point, I'd been on the B5s about 10 days or so and only had a few edge dings that I repaired. I haven't bought the P-Tex gun, yet... About time, I guess...

But, yes, I check 'em. I wipe them down. I tune them every time out.
post #10 of 17
I used to baby them, not any more. I just ski them. After a good day, I head down to the basement with p-tex candle and a glass of scotch.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
This wasn't usually an issue the first few years of my skiing because I stuck mainly to the groomers but in the past few seasons I have been getting more into ungroomed, bumps, and trees. This is only my fifth season on skis.

It's like when you have a new car.

You worry about that first ding but after the first one the others don't seem so bad.

When I was demoing some skis the other weekend I was hitting rocks, stumps, shrubs, you name it because all the ungroomed runs were thin cover.

When I went back to the tent I would look at the skis and they were all fine.

I'm trying to desensitize myself.

I have brand new AC3s in my hallway that I can't wait to beat up on.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
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post #13 of 17
I look at my bases every time I put 'em in a rack, but it's mostly out of curiosity ("wow, I don't remember hitting a rock that big!"). Skis are meant to be used, and I don't worry about any wear and tear they take on the slopes within reason.

I try not to get them scratched up off the slopes, though.
post #14 of 17
If I hit something I check them at the mountain, if not I certainly always do at home. Dry them as soon as they come out of the box on the top of the car. Sometimes I use two straps (one at each contact point) sometimes only one. They ARE my babies - that's for sure.

On the other hand there's someone here who's signature is "What are you a curator - ski the bases off them." I line I like, I just don't feel like that. Well maintained skis are worth the effort, and it's fun and rewarding to ski on a pair that you know are at their top of their form (so to speak.)
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scalce
This wasn't usually an issue the first few years of my skiing because I stuck mainly to the groomers but in the past few seasons I have been getting more into ungroomed, bumps, and trees. This is only my fifth season on skis.

It's like when you have a new car.

You worry about that first ding but after the first one the others don't seem so bad.

When I was demoing some skis the other weekend I was hitting rocks, stumps, shrubs, you name it because all the ungroomed runs were thin cover.

When I went back to the tent I would look at the skis and they were all fine.

I'm trying to desensitize myself.

I have brand new AC3s in my hallway that I can't wait to beat up on.
Sweet Sig Scalce Love it.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by comprex
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OK...a bottle
post #17 of 17
I used to baby my skis pretty bad after I was traumatized by blowing out an edge on a pair of Dynastar Speeds about 5 years ago. I would check every time I took my skis off (sometimes at the lift after I had hit something on the previous trail), and use only my “rock skis” for trees and early/late season skiing. Now I look at it as “my gear is to be used, enjoyed, and replaced” and have found it much more fun to be on the boards of my choice, not worry about it, and keep off my older rock skis as much as possible. I still check after every day and baby them to and from the house, and tune every day/two on the snow (ski in the east). As much as I hate the idea of gouges/holes/wrecked edges, now I look at it like it just gives me an excuse to get some more gear.
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