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Collateral Damage

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Hey, I'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but here goes:

After a great day on the mountain today, I looked down at my skis and noticed a sizeable gouge in the fiberglass jacket of one of them (roughly 2 inches long by a quarter of an inch wide). I have nothing more than a vague suspicion as to what caused this gouge, but I was wondering what sort of problems this could pose for me in the future, and what, if anything, should be done to repair it. There doesn't seem to be any structural damage to the ski, and it rides the same as it always has, but the wood core is clearly visible, although it is somewhat unclear as to whether or not it is actually exposed to the elements. I'm just worried about keeping the moisture out, and kinda strapped for cash, so I was hoping someone could offer me some advice on what to do about it. In case it matters, I'm skiing on Volkl 5-Star Supersports from two winters ago.

For those of you who are interested, here's my best guess as to what happened: while cruising on an easy trail near the bottom of the mountain (probably a little faster than I should have been), I quickly came upon a group of three or four inexperienced skiiers that were taking up the vast majority of the trail to turn. Not having much room to slow down, the only way I could see to avoid crashing into them was to ride the very inside edge of the trail and hope to sneak by. Unfortunately, my timing was a little off, and I was forced over the edge, and ended up hitting a little two-foot jump/lip far faster than I would have liked to. At the top of the lip, my right ski stopped dead and ejected, (it was still in the exact same spot when I hiked back up to go get it), sending my flying through the air, etc, etc, etc. I can't be sure which ski was damaged, the one that ejected, or the one that came with me, or even if this is what caused the damage, but my best guess is that the sudden force on the nose of my ski (as I ejected) caused the fiberglass jacket to compress and crack. I know nothing about the construction skis, so I'm not sure whether something like this could cause any serious problems, but as I said earlier, there is no blatant structural damage to the ski.

Anything you could tell me would be great.

- bakinate
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Its best to fill and seal the gouge with a slow cure epoxy resin. Slow cure resins are more flexible. I have used JB Weld with good success. Not pretty, but it stays in place.
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