> Sorry if this is covered in a FAQ somewhere.
> Couple of quick and easy questions...
> What do people mean when they talk about 'rock skis'? Just old junky
> skis that you can afford to beat up on rocks, I assume?
Yes, in general it's someone's older skis that they are less concerned
about. Not necessarily junky though in my experience, but sometimes so. My
"rock" skis are perfectly good skis, just not my newest/best. I have a
second pair each of striding and skating skis - about 10 years old each -
well skied, but well taken care of. Therefore when conditions are marginal
with the chance of running over some dirt or stones, I would use them - but
I'll also be as careful as possible because the skis aren't really all that
bad and I don't want to ruin them. I'm sure there are a lot of people who
actually have skis that are so old or beat up that it really doesn't matter
at all. Maybe they've gradually been beat up by being rock skis? I have a
semi-serious highschool kid who only has one pair each of skate and striding
skis - pretty nice race quality skis. Early in the year she was doing dry
land instead of skiing because she didn't want to run her good skis over the
dirt patches. I appreciate her responsible attitude (believe me, some of my
friends' kids have NO clue about keeping the bottoms pristine!). I would
have liked to see her skiing (I think she felt a little left out too).
Before next year, I plan to keep my eyes open for some *cheap* second hand
skis so she can have some rock skis.
> On a similar note, is there anything that can be done to fix minor
> dings and scratches on a perfectly good pair of new skis?
Usually it just involves gradually filling in the scratch with dripping
from a burning "p-tex candle" and leveling it with a flat, sharp scraper.
It's really quite simple and straight forward for a minor scratch. You can
probably do OK by reading a book or website on base repair. Even fairly
deep and large scratches (limited to the base material) are definitely a do
it yourself, but you might try to find someone to show you how the first
time. My guess is that someone you know knows how to do it or a nice person
at your local ski or board shop would be happy to show you. The technique
is the same regardless of alpine, nordic or snowboard.
Hope this helps.