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Be Careful Of Old Skis (or: why my season is over)

post #1 of 14
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So I decided to blow out of town on a road trip and go to somewhere new. There's a lot of places I haven't been to, but the biggest dilemna was the lack of snow at most of them. Then I spied Banff.. just odd enough to make it worthwhile.

Knowing my skis would be in the back of my truck for most of the trip and there was going to be a lot more driving than skiing, I decided to take an old pair. Specifically a pair of Rossi Rebels with Salomon 500 series rental bindings. They're about 7 years old, but they've only been skied on 4 times. I figured if someone decided to take them out of the back of truck I wasn't going to cry.

Fast forward to a beautiful day of skiing at Sunshine. I was kind of goofing around on some bumps, no big deal. Popping up and down into a trough, I heard an odd snapping sound. Then my ski flew off. Then my forward momentum just happened to be hurling my body at a tree. My reaction was to stop the hurling by extending my leg and impacting the tree with the bottom of my boot. (Which worked pretty well except for fracturing my tibia.)

That odd snapping sound? That was the top of my binding snapping off, specifically the piece behind the heel. The plastic sheared away with very little force. No top of binding = no boot in binding. Before taking off that morning I'd set up the bindings - adjusted the DIN to a paltry 6 and set everything else up. Just from feel, I'm pretty sure the plastic cracked with less force than what it would have taken to release with a DIN of 6. Knowing that binding passed a torque test many years ago, I can only assume that sitting in my basement for several years wasn't that good for them.

Moral of the story: think twice before using the old junk in your closet.
post #2 of 14
Damn-it. I'm not keeping count but there are a lot of Skiers coming up short this season. I had the same issue with more than one older plastic heel section breaking. A speedy recovery to you vinn.
post #3 of 14
Sorry to hear that. My hopes of a fast healing.
post #4 of 14
Damn, that sucks! Hope you heal fast!
post #5 of 14
Oh, vinn, that really stinks! I was planning to find a way for us to make turns together this season, finally. Dang! :
post #6 of 14
Bummer.

I was lamenting the fact that I didn't have a dedicated pair of rock skis this season.

I ended up turning my relatively new (last season) Karmas into rock skis on the first day of the season.

I have old equipment laying around (198 neon/piss yellow Rossi 7S's) but was planning to mount them with new bindings (my boot size also dropped about 5 sizes, so I'd have to remount anyway).

I pretty much have come to the conclusion if something breaks or gets stolen it can always get replaced. Legs, arms, and heads not withstanding.

At any rate, here's to a speedy recovering. While I have never broken a leg, I've sliced up the muscles and it's no fun hobbling around on crutches and whatnot. Here's to hoping you have a good friend to bring you Jell-O shots and hot soup!
post #7 of 14
Ouch, that sucks intensly. I don't trust demo or rental bindings. My bro broke his rental bindings once too, skiing flat easy stuff. Hopefully this will alert more skiers and prevent some injuries in the long run.
post #8 of 14
Damn.....heal fast. Hope that ski didnt have screws and duct tape
post #9 of 14
Vinn - sorry to hear about the injury.

Gearheads: the Salomon 500 series has a lot of plastic, correct? So I'd be down on older cheap bindings with a lot of plastic parts (low-end Salomons, Markers, Tyrolia, etc.). But not necessarily higher-end stuff such as the Rossi / Look Pivot series, Marker race or titanium; so long as they are set properly and pass a release test, I wouldn't see the same issues there. Any thoughts?
post #10 of 14
vinn - Do all the rehab exercises they tell you to. You'll heal faster and better.
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Your story reminded me of the *only* great day I ever had skiing Vail.... Two feet of FRESH and we Hounds headed straight for the Back Bowls. I was floating/bouncing about one-third of the way down when in the trough of a turn I heard a faint -- almost simultaneous -- double *click*.

Whoops! I entered the next turn ski-less.

Climbing back up through the snow was a chore, but I found my skiis still "in formation" in the same place I had left without them. I thought, "Hmm. Both pre-realeased at the same moment? That's odd...."

Strangely, I couldn't "click in" to either binding ... and there wasn't any packed snow on the ski or under my boot. I picked-up one ski to examine it -- then hurriedly grabbed the other -- to discover my Salomon 727's heel pieces had both blown the Tension Springs right out the back of the housing on the very same turn.

(Oh yeah, I always ski "sweep" in our groups, so I can assist anyone who falls.) Everybody in my group was *gone*...! I figured hiking DOWN 2/3 of the way would be more efficient than trying to hike UP 1/3 in above-the-knees powder. It took me 45 minutes to hike to the Lift. (I was sweating like crazy, too! That's work.)

I rode up -- then down the front side -- and reached the Ski Shop where I was told, "That happens a lot with Salomons." That was the last pair of Salomon bindings I've ever owned.

(Yeah. I'm sure they've improved their QC. I don't care. I have an "anti-Salomon" bias now....)

- KK
post #11 of 14
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my Salomon 727's heel pieces had both blown the Tension Springs right out the back of the housing on the very same turn.

(Oh yeah, I always ski "sweep" in our groups, so I can assist anyone who falls.) Everybody in my group was *gone*...! I figured hiking DOWN 2/3 of the way would be more efficient than trying to hike UP 1/3 in above-the-knees powder. It took me 45 minutes to hike to the Lift. (I was sweating like crazy, too! That's work.)
Duck tape.
post #12 of 14
So Kaptain, what do you click your heels into these days?
post #13 of 14
MRRs I still love my Old School Marker Turntables...!

- KK
post #14 of 14
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MRRs I still love my Old School Marker Turntables...!

- KK
Oh yeah! That's the stuff baby! I love mine.
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