13-year old unused skis...
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January 1, 2003
I'm finally skiing again. My wife bought be brand new skis -- Rossignol 4G's, 203cm (I'm 6' 185lbs) 13 years ago, but then our daughter was born so never got to use them. I'm renting right now, but the Rossi's are absolutely pristine -- along with Marker M41T (I think) bindings. On the other hand, when we skied in Canada recently the rental shop put me on Rossi twin decks at 170 (I'm an easy cruiser now). So my question is this: can use these brand new 13 year old skis, or should I put them in the trash?


January 1, 2003
Member since 11/19/1999 🔗
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Certainly you can ski on them. They are good skis and would not have changed over the years (except the bases are probably really dried out) unless you stored them in some bizarre manner to take the camber out of them.

The only drawback is how much more work those are compared to a contemporary ski.

Hot wax em, or get em hot waxed and you will be fine...

January 2, 2003
Member since 11/20/2001 🔗
218 posts
If you still want to use your old skis, you should check out the bindings b4 you entrust yourself to them. I don't know if that particular model is still indemnified (ie, if the shops will even look at it), but if its not, then, at least do a simple test on them yourself - ie, twist out of both toes in both directions a few times, and force a heel release from both skis a few times.

In addition to reassuring you that they will release and that no plastic parts have gotten brittle and will break, forcing a bunch of releases will spread around any remaining lubricant a bit. This sort of test is crude, but its better than doing nothing, and the price is certainly right.

Tom / PM

January 6, 2003
Thank you both. I'll bring them into a local shop to have 'em checked out and waxed up.

How much more difficult is it going to be to ski on these longer guys?

January 7, 2003
Member since 11/20/2001 🔗
218 posts
> ... How much more difficult is it going to be to ski on these longer guys?

This is a subject of intense debate amongst skiers, so you are likely to hear a lot of highly polarized opinions on this.

I consider myself in the middle in this debate. I've skied for around 30 yrs and switched over to "shapes" a few years ago.

I would never go back and seek out a classic "straight" ski for purchase, but if someone put one in my hands, I would have absolutely no hesitation skiing it under the right conditions. In fact, I take my old ultra-stiff, ultra-straight (ie, 60 meter sidecut radius) 207-ish Volkl Zebras out once or twice a season just for fun, even though I have modern skis ranging from 12 m sidecut SL's to 30 m powder boards in my quiver.

Softer, more deeply sidecut skis are going to be *MUCH*, **MUCH** easier to handle in deep, very heavy snow and spring slop (once you develop the appropriate technique).

OTOH, on the much more common hardpack and on light fluff that you can push away, if you mostly make classic skidded turns, the difference in effort required between old and new skis is much smaller (IMHO). The "shapes" are still easier, but maybe only by 10's of percent if I had to put a number on it and your were a good skier on the old equipment.

Finally, I should comment that since its so easy to generate high-G's while carving on modern SL's and hypercarvers, (again, IMHO), its sometimes more taxing to ski on them (because its hard to resist the fun of these types of turns), than it is to ski for the same amount of time doing low energy, low-G skidded turns on long straight skis.

Bottom line - use your old skis the same way you did 13 years ago and have fun. However, if it looks like your return to the sport is going to be permanent, demo some of the new equipment, and most importantly, take a couple of lessons on how to best use it.

Just my $0.02,

Tom / PM

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