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post #31 of 36

Plastic skis are best for a set track or for skating on groomed.  Wooden skis work best on trails not groomed or for breaking trail in fresh powder.  You can still get Swiss Army surplus skis that are polymer with metal edges.  These might be the best all purpose skis if you live in the mountains  The Tur Langrenns you have actually are fast in a groomed track, but you have to get rid of the 3 pin bindings that grind into the track & slow you down.  

SNS bindings line up into the 3 pin holes.

Buy a decent pair of SNS boots that fit.

Stay away from SNS pilot (unless you want to do some races) or NNN BC.  I prefer NNN (new nordic norm), but I still have a lot of Salomon boots & bindings I ski in because you can replace the 3 pins so easily.

If you choose to go with the NNN system, unscrew the 3 pin bindings and plug the holes with epoxy.  You will have to remount the bindings.  I have never had a ski break at the old binding holes.  It has always been the tips or the tails.

NNN BC (BC is for back country) are heavy duty boots & bindings that will not accept NNN.  I have a pair of Asnes Tour model with NNN BC that I use to tour in the mountains.  The boots & bindings are sturdy enough to execute telemark turns and the wide Tour model skis can handle all types of conditions from powder to corn snow.

My wife & I have about 20 pair of wood skis between us, not to mention the couple dozen polymer racing skis.

Bonna, Lampinen, Splitkein, Eggen.   They're all good, but Asnes are my favorites

post #32 of 36

Start cheap and then start upgrading if you're looking for more out of the skis.


The bases look pretty good; if they had to be re-sealed, you would see much lighter colored bare wood.  The sealer is pretty expensive.


Scrape the bases down good without scraping the sealer off. Make sure to clean out the middle groove. Wipe down with turpentine or mineral spirits.


Warm the skis in front of a fire or on a hot water radiator.  Buy some blue swix wax (the kind made for wooden skis).  Rub the wax stick all over the skis, not too thick.  Smooth it out with a wax cork (optional, but very helpful) or your palm.  Warm the ski again and let cool.  Rub more wax on and smooth out.  Let cool.  Rub a bit more from the tip to about a foot back, and the tail to a foot forward (these areas loose wax more quickly).


The blue wax will work ok from about 10 degrees to mid thirties.  Take the wax with you when you ski because it will start to wear off after about 4 miles. You'll know when the snow starts sticking to your ski.


As previously mentioned, breaking trail takes some work, especially if the boots don't have great angle support. Once the trail is broken, you can fly through fields and rolling hills.  I used to take mine out in the middle of the night and straighline hills; but alas I blew one out dropping off a ledge.

post #33 of 36
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Hi -- I'm the OP of this thread and saw that it was getting some attention.  Cool!  Now for the bad news.  The nice wood skis at issue have been turned into decorations (without damaging the skis, I should say):



post #34 of 36

I had those in the late 60's, early 70's.  Pretty skis.

post #35 of 36

Missed this thread until the OP's last post.  I bought these in'74 at a Department Store. A single screw through a binding hole is enough to secure them.





I've got a pair of Madshus Birkebinders like Alpinords that I ski once a year in my wool knickers just to do it. Nothing beats the feel of a perfectly waxed wood ski.

post #36 of 36

great skis, two of the women in my backcountry group use this very ski every weekend that it's below freezing...(on on 3pin backcountry bindings, on on SNS BC Raid system bindings...)

pine tar the base every year, it's not as hard as people make it out to be...and unless you're racing, crayon on grip wax from tip to tail...if you want to get fancy do one harder than called for, then go over it with a softer wax in the kick-zone/wax pocket...

don't do anything extreme to the lignostone or the bases...they should ski beautiful just the way they are...


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