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Poll Results: Select the Brand of Your First New Pair of Skis

Poll expired: Mar 1, 2010  
  • 8% (12)
    Atomic
  • 5% (8)
    Dynastar
  • 2% (4)
    Elan
  • 7% (11)
    Fischer
  • 4% (7)
    Hart (er umm hart)
  • 8% (12)
    Head
  • 18% (27)
    K2
  • 2% (3)
    Nordica
  • 13% (19)
    Rossignol
  • 29% (43)
    Other, sorry only room for 9 and other here.
146 Total Votes  
post #121 of 181

At the advice of others, in my novice ignorance Olin Mark IV Comp.   Way too much ski that I sold about a year later for a more forgiving novice appropriate Dynastar.

post #122 of 181

1975 - Yamaha Paramount Combi - 195cm, Red Look Nevada bindings. They were awesome skis that were way too much ski for me as a teenager. I traded them in for an Atomic ACS 180cm ski that I broke skiing bumps 2 years later. The Paramounts were purchased too soon. I wish I still had them.

post #123 of 181

Fisher Alu's  circa 1970 with look nevada gran prix and Lange pros (red liner)  I was styling!

post #124 of 181

K2 Comp...red, white and blue stripe...207 (1969)

I think I had the Lange boots with the red liners and Marker bindings.

post #125 of 181

rossi Stratos, 170's with Look bindings.  It was 1977 . . .  That's if you don't count the hand me down kiddie skis I was on until then.  I bought this pair myself as soon as i got my first job.

post #126 of 181

K2 gyrator in 175 length for me. I had them for three weeks before the tips delaminated. The ski shop let me trade up to a pair of rossi 4m's for no charge.

post #127 of 181

Lund Imperials, 190 cm in 1967 (I was 11 years old) with San Marco boots and Thunder (?) bindings.  All from JC Penney.  Followed the Lunds with 203 cm Yamaha All 'Round III in 1969.  First skis I was actually proud of though were Olin Mark II, VCE in 1971 with Nordica Astral Slalom boots (banana boots).  Man, was that set up cool, or what?

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post #128 of 181

205 Atomic World Cup something or others.  Black and orange graphics I think.  These were not race skis, but the top of the "performance" line I guess.  Salomon 727 bindings with the bright orange Lange Banshee boots.  Circa 1981!

 

I couldn't ski a lick when I bought them and the length probably put more arc in my learning curve.  But I sure had fun with them.

post #129 of 181

Dynastar Vertical Assault....Team!

 

 

160cm

post #130 of 181

Hagan Ultraglas 200cm with essmatic bindings - cost £100 (we used to get $2.80 to the pound then = $280) in 1970. A pint of beer was half a crown (12.5p) so in real terms they would now cost nearly SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS !!!!!!!!!

post #131 of 181

Volkl AC3 2006, 163cm

post #132 of 181

First pair of new skis when I was a kid - Olin Mark IV Junior.

 

First pair bought with my own money - Kastle RX15 National Team Super GSM.

post #133 of 181

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Originally Posted by oldschoolskier View Post

The earliest I remember are Elan GRAD 180 in about 1974 (my parents bought them for me, I forget what I wanted race ski I think, but the budget wasn't there so it was the Elans or nothing).  Stepped up to Diawa 195 (Moms old skis and a lot older than my Elans) but faster and ugly Orange in colour.

 

 


Thought I'd update the history.

 

Starting from Left

 

  • New 2010 Dynastar Speed Course WC 176 23R with PX15 Race Bindings New Jan 2012
  • Atomic ARC SL 200 with Tyroila 380RDV Bindings and custom riser plates I made from alumium Purchased new 95 (new old stock), always want SL skis, SL ski was OK but not my thing, Great Shape. 
  • My first Race Ski  at 16yrs Old, Blizzard Thermo Firebird RS 200 with Tyroila 360D Binding, NEW March 81,  This ski cambered and decambers depending on Temperature (replaced Yellow Blizzards on ski trip)
  • Blizzard Thermo RS 205 with Marker M48 Race Bindings.  These bindings took a while to get used to as the toe sensed upward pressure and loosened tension for backwards twisting fall.  Sucked if you jet skied, you had to crank the toe up.  Who needed Knee bindings with this design. Some time 90-91.  BTW the Biometric toe explains why Markers got a reputation of popping.  You had to change your ski style to adjust.

 

4 new (race) skis since 81, all in very good skiable condition (bindings included)

 

Final Note, Love sking on the shaped ski, pulling rail road tracks is a blast.  The torsional strength on the Dynastar is just amazing.

 

 

 

 

post #134 of 181

Hart Javelin with Marker Simplex toe and Rotomat heel, leather safety straps. Da Bom

post #135 of 181

The year was 1956 and I got a pair of Erbacher wooden skis in either Garmisch or Berchtesgaden.   I was ten years old and saved up for a pair of low top leather laceup boots, As I recall they cost me about 28 Marks ($7 at the time).  Bindings were Marker Toe Release with bear trap heels and bamboo poles.   I managed to break the tips several times jumping with them.

 

 That's me on the left.  I quit skiing in 1962 (still using those Erbachers) to take up competitive sky diving and didn't return to skiing for 34 years when I bought a pair of 180 cm rental Dynastars and a 168 cm Burton Air snowboard.

 

Skiing on the Wiesbaden Golf Course 3.jpg

 

 


Edited by patmoore - 3/19/12 at 7:25am
post #136 of 181

Volkl Tigers.  Mid 70s.

post #137 of 181

Kastle RX team mid 80's.. 

post #138 of 181

Kazama Ski Fever 170cm, probably Salamon 555 bindings, 1977 or thereabouts.  Bought by my parents when I was a teen.

 

Dynastar Freestyle, 190cm with Tyrolia 727 bindings, bought in 1979.  It was my senior year in high school and I was so proud of these.  I still have them, used them as recently as the spring of 2009.

post #139 of 181

Yamaha Hi-Flex

, 205 cm, Marker Simplex bindings and Lange Pro boots. Gawd that was a long time ago!!!

post #140 of 181

First bought for me: Sarner Hop, in ~1978 as a teenager. Geze bindings? I was very happy because we went to a ski sale for my mother to buy me used skis and got new ones instead.

 

First I bought myself: Dynamic VR27(?) 200+ cm in 1985-1986. Maybe Tyrolia bindings. Salomon rear-entry boots.

 

post #141 of 181

Dynastar Verticals, the first year they came out - '88, '89 maybe?  All-white with the orange/red/blue brush strokes.  190cm, with Look ZPs.  Had the matching poles, too.  I think that was the year I grew out of my Tecnica GT7s and got into a pair of Koflach 512s, the red ones with the neon yellow buckles.

post #142 of 181

1979 ish Rossignol Olympia compact 160cm length. First ever ski week was at Temple Basin. Learned more about people than aboot ski-ing. I sometimes wonder how close skis came - If compacts had accidently morphed into an all mountain carver.......maybe they did in another universe and now those guys are skiing fusion solar powered full track multi speed autodrives with variobrinnelli molecular programming.......... 

post #143 of 181
I got Elan eFlex 4s this winter as my first pair of new skis after doing a clearance event purchase last year. It's very different spending time with someone, explaining you're new to the sport, and taking their recommendation versus being in a frenzied warehouse and picking up a random set.

I'm new to skiing, so I hope there are more new ski purchases in the years to come.
post #144 of 181

Kneissl White Stars from the long gone EuroSport, Happily stood in line with several hundred of my closest friends for 4 hours in the dark waiting for the sale to open. Wouldn't do that for an iPad smile.gif.

post #145 of 181

White Stars, when they first came out, were the most expensive skis you could buy, cost about $200.
 

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Originally Posted by JimiB View Post

Kneissl White Stars from the long gone EuroSport, Happily stood in line with several hundred of my closest friends for 4 hours in the dark waiting for the sale to open. Wouldn't do that for an iPad smile.gif.



 

post #146 of 181

195CM Rossi CMV 1978

post #147 of 181
Head Standard, 1964. Man, we're these bad on ice!
post #148 of 181
Quote:
Originally Posted by Racer View Post

White Stars, when they first came out, were the most expensive skis you could buy, cost about $200.
 


 

Don't remember what I paid, but it seemed like a fortune at the time. I recall I couldn't afford new bindings at the same time. 

They were great skis back then. My friends and I would swap skis to try each others equipment. Most wanted to keep skiing on the White Stars after trying them. 

 



 

post #149 of 181

1994 K2 5500 skis. They were 204CM. I broke my arm shortly after buying them but kept skiing anyway.

 

 

 

post #150 of 181

Hart Gremlins, 150cm, mounted with tyrolia 150's.  I think it was 1976. My parents purchased them at Simpkins ski shop in central NY state.

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