Details of the day and the skier:
Conditions: Killington, "Gapril Phools Day" spring slush bumps
My specs: 5’10”195 lb. Skiing 30 years. Gear junkie by trade.
My own equipment: (as of 4/1/07 4:40 AM EST, Subject to change.)
Dalbello Krypton Pro ID
Blizzard Titan 9 181cm, Salomon S900 Alium
K2 Seth 179cm, Salomon S912
Volant PowerKarve 173, Marker 8.1
SKI TESTED: 1975 The Ski 185cm, Tyrolia 350D, safety straps
It was "retro" day at Killington and what better ski to take out for a "throwback/retro day" than the quintessential bump ski of all time...The Ski. It has been about 10 years since I have been on a straight ski, IIRC, the last was a Dynastar G9. Needless to say I was a bit apprehensive to take a 30+ year old ski out on the snow, for a couple of reasons. A. These skis are 30+ years old! B. The Ski never had a reputation for durability and C. Not only did the bindings have safety straps, there predate DIN, so these had a 1-3 in the window for settings. I have a couple of pair of these skis, the other ones were 204s, and one of the pair had Salomon 444's on them, even though they had brakes, I wasn't that brave to take them out.
Epic talked about his Vists being attention getters, these smoke any Vist . I was stopped numerous times to ask either, "what in the world are they?" or "Cool...The Ski, where did you get them???"
Since is has been so long since I have been on a straight ski, I really didn't know what to expect, but I really was pleasantly surprised how well a 30+ year old ski handled especially since they probably haven't been tuned (other than me putting a coat of wax on them) in probably over 20 years. Since we were over at Bear, I really didn't have much choice on where I was going to take these, no not Outer Limits but we went over thought the terrain Bear Trap to Vipers Pit to Bear Claw. Viper and Claw, even at 10:30 were already bumped pretty good, but I figured, what the heck..and hit down through them.
The edges actually held well on the harder snow, but carving was not an option on this ski, as I found out, I leaned into a turn but the ski went straight, LOL. it was strange going from a 99mm waisted (K2 Seth) ski to a 85/66/76 ski with absolutely NO shape! I will take out these skis again sometime, but I would like to see if I can find some brakes for these Tyrolias though.
Video of me on them, not for MA use
Edited by Philpug - 2/7/13 at 10:17am