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Gear Review: 1975 The Ski Blue/Yellow

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Thread Starter 

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.)
Boots:
Dalbello Krypton Pro ID

Skis/Bindings:
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
post #2 of 13
You need to get your feet and knees together!
post #3 of 13
Your "outfit" works too
Nice classic turns..............
post #4 of 13
"The Ski" still lives on today:

See:
http://www.theski.us/

971 Main St., Ketchum, Idaho
Toll Free 1-800-574-7215
Shop Hours: AM 8-10 & PM 3-7 208.622.3200
Sales Hours: 11AM-5PM 800.572.7215 or 208.622.3200
Sales 208-622-3200
FAX 208-622-4488
info@theski.us
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExoticSkis View Post
"The Ski" still lives on today:

See:
http://www.theski.us/

971 Main St., Ketchum, Idaho
Toll Free 1-800-574-7215
Shop Hours: AM 8-10 & PM 3-7 208.622.3200
Sales Hours: 11AM-5PM 800.572.7215 or 208.622.3200
Sales 208-622-3200
FAX 208-622-4488
info@theski.us


Yeah, I know.
post #6 of 13
Phil -

I have some brakes that should fit but I'd have to get them back. They are on some Tyrolia 360 Race bindings.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
According to Physicsmans calculator, the TR of these are in the 45M range. Either way, I am looking to rock these again sometime soon!

Rio,
I had a pair from some 360 demos, but they didn't work. I wouldn't mind borrowing yours, but I do want to find a pair for myself.
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
According to Physicsmans calculator, the TR of these are in the 45M range. Either way, I am looking to rock these again sometime soon!

Rio,
I had a pair from some 360 demos, but they didn't work. I wouldn't mind borrowing yours, but I do want to find a pair for myself.
Last weekend I was looking at an old pair of Durafiber HC4's that are standing in the corner of my garage at the cabin. They have 350 or 360D's on them with brakes and the skis are totally shot. If you're interested, the weekend after Easter I can harvest the brakes. I won't need them anymore...
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Thread Starter 
If they are from 350's, I will take them. Keep me posted.
post #10 of 13
Phil
Add a pair of exploding Scott boots and you'd have it all going on. I enjoyed the little video clip....those skis always washed out in the tails even when they were brand new. They were my nomination for your "worst ski ever" thread a few months ago. Earliest prototype models had sagebrush cores. And thats a fact. They only lastest several runs.
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
If they are from 350's, I will take them. Keep me posted.
Here's a picture of the brake that's gathering dust in my garage...
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gregmerz View Post
Here's a picture of the brake that's gathering dust in my garage...
Awesome. PM me with what you want for them.
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I think I have to call Bullshit here.

 

 I met Mr Burns once at the top of Waterfall under the Wildcat chair lift at Alta.

 

 He had a style of skiing like no other skier that you will ever ski. I don`t know how he skied like that and skied so well.

 

To be as simple as possible in description and be accurate . He sat back , way back on his heals, hands extended way out front reaching for bumps and pulling them in.

 

To copy his form you would have to be literally sitting on a toilet. Arms constantly moving forward and back .

 

At the bottom of this steep short bump run  ,

it opened up and he had pulled over to take a break . It was there that I caught up and asked him not knowing who he was if by chance was he a hockey player ?  Figuring no trained skier skis like that , it must be some weird style he developed that worked for him . He smiled and said| " Hockey ? No ".

 

I was a hockey player , and looking at him ski like that I knew that his thighs had to be absolutely burning , but it didn't seem to phase him near as I could tell.

 

So , I tried to see what his style had to offer my next run down.

 

Well , lets see , near as I can remember or piece together on how I think it went down. 

 

Going into the first bump weight back it through my balance off big time . I tried to turn at the very top of the bump but I was already off balance  , I am pretty sure my ski tips cross as I was riding down the back side of bump . My ski tips jammed big time into the oncoming bump and I think I launched myself head first and flipped over the bump I had jammed into and did a HUGE body slam on myself . I didn`t know if I landed on the next bump or in the valley in between.

 

But , it sure was a body stunner !

 

(it always seems like that shit happens under or nearby the lift doesn't it ? ). 

 

    Anyway , back to the story .

 

Can you spell Y-A-R-D-S-A-L-E  ?

 

I hit so hard that my muscles trembled from tension as i got up , I kid you not !

 

It took for ever it seemed for me gather up my stuff,  put it on and make my way down to the bottom.

 

If I was going to go back skiing it was going to be another day , cause I left every bit of what talent I had on that last move .

 

  So..................as I nursed my way back to my dorm room at the Goldminers , on the cat track ........

 

Yes , the fucking CAT TRACK ( I told you how hard I hit didn't  I  ! ) 

I thought to myself ..................What the hell was I thinking .......................  I am never ...never going to try that again.     NEVER !

 

But he (Burns) did it and looked good doing it   !.................................and for a long time.

 

Special made ski`s............................Bullshit .

 

That guy could have skied scrap wood from a lumber mill and made those boards look good .

 

Some guys in their day were just in a zone to themselves and he was in that small pack of guys.

 

Good health to you Mr Burns you were a treat on your feet.

 

 - Polski -

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