This is gonna piss some of you off, but the kids at my school throw away their skis at the end of each year. Some of the gear is used only 5-6 times. It's especially true of the Arabs who buy all new equipment, decide they hate skiing and spend every ski day making medical excuses not to ski.
The last three sets of skis I"ve picked up for nothing. Now riding K2 Public Enemy's for last two or three winters. In perfect nick, at least the bases are, but some chipping on top. But just love these babies. I take them everywhere, and I'm not into the park.
Got about 8 pairs of barely used skis sitting in the shed.