|At the ski swap though, at least half the people are just looking for a pretty ski at a good price. I was just trying to up my chances of getting my asking price.
I tend to agree. Cosmetics have a lot to do with buying decisions or the companies would not spend so much time and $'s on the graphics. The condition of the topskin, I beleive, has a fair amount to do with "pre-owned" ski buying decisions as well.
Like most folks, I have to buy my skis as opposed to of having them supplied and regularly replaced as is the case of elite skiers, pros, and so forth who are understandably more concerned with the condidion of their ski's bases. I take care of them when new by applying "Ski-Saver" tape from Tognar. I apply it to tails from a few inches behind the binding backward and trim off the excess with an X-acto knife. Strips can also be applied along the sides from the binding forward towards the tip.
Assuming that the skier isn't crossing his or her ski tips most damage (except probably for instructors) is of the liftline variety. My skis have been run over by out of control skiers/boarders as they attempt to slow entering the lift line maze, run over on the slopes on occasion, and been the victim of a boarder who tried to jump up and down on his board in the liftline and came down on them(why do boarders feel compelled to do this jumping thing in the liftline anyway
The Ski Saver tape really works well. It may not solve your immediate problem but will help a lot with your next pair of skis.
I'm admittedly anal about it. Scratches n my skis bother me like dimples on the sides of my car caused by careless door openers of cars in neighboring stalls. I repair those when they start to accumulate.
My bigger problem is that I can't bear to throw my old skis (that still look look new [img]smile.gif[/img] away). One day I will figure out something to do with them other than making them into a chair.
You know it must be April when we start discussing topskin issues.