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What ski will you sacrifice on Opening Day?

post #1 of 40
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Picture it, Opening day 2007-08:
The resort has done its best to make snow and Mother nature has supplied a little, but its not ideal conditions. You look at your quiver. Having trashed your rock skis to a point of being unskiable..............Which pair of skis do you take? (knowing that it may become the sacrificial lamb and soon to be your "next" rock ski)

List your quiver and your sacrificial pick.
post #2 of 40
Actually, my "good skis" are now in worse shape than my "rock skis", so I'll probably take the "good skis" out, namely my Recons. I am not a quiver person, normally there's either the "old ones" or the "new ones". Now that my last year's "new ones" have been skied more days than my "old ones", I am going to have different base structures put on them and have "cold skis" and "warm skis" and for this year, "powder skis", since I have some Outlaws waiting in the wings. But I don't want my first day of the year to be on unfamiliar skis, so they'll have to wait until my head is ready for them.
post #3 of 40
The Salomon Crossmax will likely be volunteered for early season duty, though a pair of Elan's are screaming for abuse.
post #4 of 40
The Mantras that I inherited from my dad (Jed Peters)

SJ
post #5 of 40
My orange Volants. They aren't horrible, but I won't miss them if they're ruined.
post #6 of 40
my b5's will do.Picked up 2 new pairs of twins and will wait a few days to use them.Unless its powder then its my phat luvs
post #7 of 40
Well, while it was several weeks after opening day, I "sacrificed" my No Ka Oi's at Loveland and A-Basin over the weekend for my first turns of the season.

Interestingly enough when i took them into the shop to get tuned the owner exclaimed "These look pretty clean are you sure you need 'em tuned and more importantly are you sure you want to take 'em out to Colorado considering the limited terrain and conditions?"

I designated my Noki's as my "rock" skis as they have a nice ding right under boot center.

But hey, after 2 days in Colo they came back as clean as they went out.

I also got runs in on a couple of Bong's skis and didn't mar them up a bit, either.

So i guess it depends on where you go, how you ride, and whether or not you're a rock magnet.
post #8 of 40
Hmmm. Good question. This will be at ESA on Friday, I would say my Titans. I have never been bashful in taking out a new ski first day of the year and would do it again.
post #9 of 40
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Picture it, Opening day 2007-08:
The resort has done its best to make snow and Mother nature has supplied a little, but its not ideal conditions. You look at your quiver. Having trashed your rock skis to a point of being unskiable..............Which pair of skis do you take? (knowing that it may become the sacrificial lamb and soon to be your "next" rock ski)

List your quiver and your sacrificial pick.
I have my race skis and my "other skis." The race skis will not see anything but smooth groomers.

The "other skis."
Elan SCX Monoblock 163
Elan SCX Terminator 183
Scott Aztec Pro 175

It would be the Elan SCX Terminator 183. It has the most amount of dings on it. I like to use my SCX Monoblocks as loaners. My Scotts have less than 5 days skiing on them.

Dennis
post #10 of 40
Elan M666's. Though if it's like last year, there will be enough snow and I won't need to worry about what I ski on.
post #11 of 40
Slalom skis of course. Not my new ones, but I have five other pairs to choose from (includes the rock slaloms) so I'd probably go with one of those.
post #12 of 40
Vertigo g3's. Four springs and falls and still going strong (is it bad when you can see wood through the base?). Rock on!
post #13 of 40
Floskis.
post #14 of 40

What to sacrifice to the gods of earliest snow and rock

Volkl 724 Pro for hard snow
Volkl Explosiv for powder
post #15 of 40
My 4 yr. old Elan S12 fusions.
post #16 of 40
I'm gonna my whole line, and go by what is there. Good conditions, P70s and AC3 switch with use of SL skis every few runs, if bad conditions, AC3 only.
post #17 of 40
My current rock ski is the Fischer Scenio S500. I guess my next rock ski would be the Salomon X-wave AK Rockets since they have been drilled twice.

Michael
post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
Elan M666's. Though if it's like last year, there will be enough snow and I won't need to worry about what I ski on.
Ditto. M666s.
post #19 of 40
This last Sunday I was up at Palmer (Timberline) w/the PMGear crew and I rode my personal 188 stiff BRO's on marginal snow...

I hit a few rocks, including some rather large ones, and I really didn't suffer too much damage at all...I was totally shocked and I'm positive had I been on any other skis that they would've been very messed up.

In fact, once I saw the conditions on Palmer that day I was VERY hesitant about skiing my personal BRO's up there and was starting to regret not bringing my rock skis..Pat, of PMGear fame, basically told me to quit being a wussy and just ski. He said "I dare you to break those skis!" He was right...Totally bombproof skis.

I'm so impressed w/PMGear after being up there w/Pat and the crew that I'm seriousely considering replacing my entire quiver w/just PMGear skis.

I hit one rather large rock head on (was forced into the line by a boarder...Story for another time) so hard that it almost stopped the ski entirely. I totally thought the ski was going to have, at a minimum, a huge core shot...Barely a scratch, and one edge just had to be deburred with a stone.

I highly doubt any of my other skis, except maybe my Armada ANT's, would've withstood that abuse w/out serious damage.

Sorry to go on a longwinded speel!

Basically, for the first time ever I took perfectly good skis on my opening day instead of rock/beater skis when the conditions were marginal...I loved every second of it!
post #20 of 40
My 4 yr old Kneissl Blackstars.
post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by memosteve View Post
This last Sunday I was up at Palmer (Timberline) w/the PMGear crew and I rode my personal 188 stiff BRO's on marginal snow...

I hit a few rocks, including some rather large ones, and I really didn't suffer too much damage at all...I was totally shocked and I'm positive had I been on any other skis that they would've been very messed up.

In fact, once I saw the conditions on Palmer that day I was VERY hesitant about skiing my personal BRO's up there and was starting to regret not bringing my rock skis..Pat, of PMGear fame, basically told me to quit being a wussy and just ski. He said "I dare you to break those skis!" He was right...Totally bombproof skis.

I'm so impressed w/PMGear after being up there w/Pat and the crew that I'm seriousely considering replacing my entire quiver w/just PMGear skis.

I hit one rather large rock head on (was forced into the line by a boarder...Story for another time) so hard that it almost stopped the ski entirely. I totally thought the ski was going to have, at a minimum, a huge core shot...Barely a scratch, and one edge just had to be deburred with a stone.

I highly doubt any of my other skis, except maybe my Armada ANT's, would've withstood that abuse w/out serious damage.

Sorry to go on a longwinded speel!

Basically, for the first time ever I took perfectly good skis on my opening day instead of rock/beater skis when the conditions were marginal...I loved every second of it!
Timberline is BRUTAL for rocks. Nice place for race training, but takes a serious toll on bases if you arent carefull.
post #22 of 40
177cm Rossignol RPM 21s if the snow is so thin I expect to hit a rock every run. 170cm Dynastar SkiCross 10s if I only expect to hit a couple rocks all day.
post #23 of 40
I don't know what it says about my skiing, but I end up with rock skis that have no core shots but chunks of edge missing.

I've got some sweet Olins I mounted up for rockers last year that I might take out if I plan on real rock skiing. Otherwise I'll ski on old PRs or something along that line.
post #24 of 40
Volkl 724 Pros. I got bored this summer and painted them so nobody will really know what I'm really riding-"Mysto Boards":
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
I don't know what it says about my skiing, but I end up with rock skis that have no core shots but chunks of edge missing.

I've got some sweet Olins I mounted up for rockers last year that I might take out if I plan on real rock skiing. Otherwise I'll ski on old PRs or something along that line.

Too much turning (riding edges) and not enough straightlining.
post #26 of 40
ill sacrifice my park ski, Salomon thruster from 2 years back rather then my rossi brigade.
post #27 of 40
It depends. If there's fresh snow (which would likely just cover the rocks), I'll go with my Sweet Daddys, which took a lot of abuse in the spring and were not looking good last time I examined the bases. If it's hard manmade, the Fischer WC slaloms are in perfect shape, though they're a few years old and the odd rock wouldn't break my heart. My only really good skis at this point are a pair of Pocket Rockets, which might go back to Canada with me later in the winter if I don't wreck them first.
post #28 of 40
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Slalom skis of course. Not my new ones, but I have five other pairs to choose from (includes the rock slaloms) so I'd probably go with one of those.
Chubbs of course. Not my new(ly mounted) ones, but I have four other pairs (includes the short ones) so I'd probably go with one of those.




For those keeping score:

180 Volant Chubbs
180 Volant Gravity Powers
183 RD Helidogs (AT)
185 Volant Ti Super
185* Volant V2 Chubbs
186 Machete Spatulas
188 Volant Ti Power
188 Volant Chubbs
190 Volant Chubbs
190 Volant Ti Chubbs
193 Machete Hucksters
200 Volant Superkarve Legends
204 Salomon Force 9.1 2S



*Actually 188s, but hey, they CALL them 185s
post #29 of 40
Huh, I'd think you'd want to lay waste to those Salomons, to purify your quiver.
post #30 of 40
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
Huh, I'd think you'd want to lay waste to those Salomons, to purify your quiver.
No way, I just paid $15 for those!

Seriously though, I have plans for them which require the smoothest base possible. Besides, opening day at Snowbowl there isn't any packed snow, so a skinny ski like those would be miserable.
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