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Why would someone do this to a perfectly good pair of Stocklis?

post #1 of 11
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I saw this woman with a perfectly good set of Stockli world cup Laser SLs.



why, just why? :
post #2 of 11
I've seen a number of European free-heelers working the season at Vail on Stocklis. Also a guy with an AT set-up on those same skis yesterday. Not that I am a telemarker, but they do seem a bit of a strange fit for telemarking or AT for some reason, but what do I know? :

. . . As to ruining them with those tele bindings? You can't *ruin* a ski if you're enjoying sliding downhill on it, unless you break it!
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Originally Posted by mollmeister
I've seen a number of European free-heelers working the season at Vail on Stocklis. Also a guy with an AT set-up on those same skis yesterday. Not that I am a telemarker, but they do seem a bit of a strange fit for telemarking or AT for some reason, but what do I know? :

. . . As to ruining them with those tele bindings? You can't *ruin* a ski if you're enjoying sliding downhill on it, unless you break it!
It doesn't make sense to put tele bindings on race skis... Those skis are forever contaminated, they will never be fit for real use.
post #4 of 11

One reason

Jackson Town Downhill, (the Mini-Hahnkamm) Tele Division
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
These are slalom skis and I could tell she had never been on a race course in her life.
post #6 of 11
Who cares what equipment someone else was using to learn tele. She didn't strap scarpas to YOUR slalom shorties, did she? The time you spent taking a pic with your (nost likely) camera phone and gawking (or gaping) with your ski mates is time spent NOT focused on something positive, like maybe enjoying going down the hill turning repeatedly left and right... Which is what she was doing.

In your defense, it is a pretty goofy setup, especially for learning on. I have seen stranger. Like the group of skibobbers (a skibob is a seat on a single ski you sit on and ride using your feet for outriggers) who showed up at the resort, about 30 in all, who rode the lifts and skibobbed down. Because they equiped their ski bobs with leashes (connected to where, I wouldnt venture a guess) resort management felt they couldnt deny them a day of riding.
post #7 of 11
Hmmm.. I rode the lift behind a young girl with US Telemark Ski Team on her jacket. She had Soli race skis with tele bindings. And yes, she took off like a bat out of hell. So if you see some girl teleing on race skies, she likely skies better than you do.
post #8 of 11
One of the guys who helps out with the race program at the mountain I ski at is on the US Telemark Team... I think he is/was ranked second in the country. Yes, he rips. In fact he keeps up with most alpine racers until you hit the FIS level...
Later
GREG

BTW, he used to ski on Stockli, then went to Elan, and now rides on Salomon... He gets them for free so the ski companies don't seem to mind what kind of bindings he is putting on them...
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
Hmmm.. I rode the lift behind a young girl with US Telemark Ski Team on her jacket. She had Soli race skis with tele bindings. And yes, she took off like a bat out of hell. So if you see some girl teleing on race skies, she likely skies better than you do.
I saw an older man, in his sixties, riding 165 Salomon 10 3V's with a tele bindings at Le Massif.
post #10 of 11
A few years ago at Lake Louise we met a group of Austrians (about 20 if I recall) and everyone of them was on Atomic race carve 920's with tele setups , racecharger plates included. These guys and girls could ski anything on these things , tough group to keep up with .
post #11 of 11
I love carving skis and telemarking. I find fixed heel bindings limiting and a bit boring compared to freeheel gear. Perhaps she thinks parallel turns are less dynamic, less challenging and less fun than telemark turns.
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