Well, I was sorting through my families somewhat extensive collection of skis/boots/snowboards etc, as last weekend was the local ski area's (Hidden Bump) gear swap.....and this weekend is the local Nordic Ski Club's gear swap.....when I thought I should take stock of my collection of freeheel skis.
These skis are all currently utilized at various times throughout our long Hinterlandian winters. I didn't include any "freeheel" "trackset" skis (like skate/classic). Only skis worthy of true skiing off of the groomed. They range from not-quite-XC, to more lift-served types.
Here they are.
Sorry for the fuzzy pic. I blame my i-phone.
So let's see your quivers....even if your significant other isn't aware of some of the collection.
Ahhh, the "Red Sleds" were the original "fat" DH tele ski. Dimensions? Hmmmm. Base pattern = fast. One friend commented that those skis would " take you places you shouldn't be going." It would be fun to ski them with plastic boots. Those were the days when the skis were way ahead of the boots. TD and SBR did drag out the old boards for a test run last winter:
I sold mine (regrettably) then replaced them with the last incarnation, same ski, new topsheet, which I still have:
This was back when real men had pink graphics on their skis.
And to deliver the stoke:
Canon T50 SLR, Pentax K1000 SLR, Canon HV30, Contour HD, Canon 20D w/ sigma 17-35 f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Battery grip, batteries, SB-28 flash, some filters, a couple Lowepro bags, a crappy tripod, and lots of film (for my photog class) and tapes.
And before you get all bent out of shape thinking I'm a spoiled kid, I paid for all of this myself, excluding the 20D and the S6 skis.
To be added to the quiver next year:
Play boat and/or Creeker.
Fujative: Good work on the quiver acquisition, one can never start too young.
Harv: The Karhu Extremes are 207cm, currently mounted with a pair of Rottefella Riva 2 cables. They originally had Rottefella Super Telemark pins on them. Dimensions? Fricken' toothpicks, as S.B.R. would say. I measured them for you ....73-60-65....about 1/2 what my newest quiver acquisition is....Elan Boomerangs are 140-120-130. (I'm picking them up tomorrow....)
I bought them in 1985, with some of my College student loan $....At the time it was called the Ontario Student Assistance Plan...OSAP, which we all knew stood for Ontario Ski Assistance Plan!
They were used for Tele Racing, back in the formative Provincial race series....one of the race starters was none other than S.B.R.! I used to bum rides back downtown into the city from him. I was a car-less student, he was a gainfully employed older dude.
While I'm at it, and seeing as how Harvey seems to like old tele skis....
1991 210 cm Asnes Telelmark Comps....Scored two pair of them from the Asnes ski company owner when I was racing
at the World Championships in Vemdalen, Sweden. They only turn at Warp Factor megazillion. Or if you're Norwegian.
I most recently used them as a lever to lift up the washing machine in our basement to retrieve a lost kids toy. They're sorta' stiff.
The other pair are 1992 Evolution SuperFlex...factory race stock skis. "Handcrafted in S.L.C., Utah." They are even stiffer than the Asnes. But only 200cm, so they can be turned.
Both the Asnes and the Evo's were mounted with Voile realease plates, with Voile Heavy Duty Pins on them.
They were driven by Asolo Extreme Comp leather, 4 buckle boots. Last of their kind. The boots had internal plastic
stiffeners inside the leather, I broke 2 pair in a season.. Thankfully, I was sponsered by Asolo, and got replacement pairs.
1n 1993, I gave up Tele racing, headed out into the backcountry, and never looked back. Also got the first iteration of
Scarpa Terminator plastic boots. Still got 'em. They're worthy of their own thread....
Here is the oldest pair of skis in our house. They were made for my mother when she was a child.
That would date them from the mid 30's.
She learned to ski on them, at a place called "Forbes Woods" in downtown Huntsville, Hinterland.
It (Forbes Woods)included the "Lookout" hill that overlooks Huntsville. Interestingly, my avatar is
a pic of me skiing the West ridge of the Lookout. I should note that I was not skiing on these skis.
They're only 3' long.