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Buying at Ski Swap Sales

Getting there early is always smart, but here are some other things to consider for skis:
  • Look the skis over for a general impression. Have they been cared for well?
  • Bring a true bar with you and check for base flatness. Unevenness will require a stonegrind.
  • While you have the true bar there, check the base bevel for extreme gaps. Anything unusual will require a stonegrind.
  • Check for damaged bases. Core shots will need a technician's care; minor scratches you should be able to fix yourself.
  • Check edges for major damage; small nicks are fixable.
  • Check the sidewalls for cracks or separation with the metal edge.
  • Are the skis bent or twisted? Hold them together base-to-base. They should be symmetrical.
  • If the skis have serial numbers, make sure they match.
  • Are there excessive binding holes? It could compromise the ski integrity.
  • Are the bindings loose? Take a small tool kit with you and see if they will tighten up.
  • Do the bindings rattle if shaken?
  • Know your DIN settings so you can check the bindings for the proper range.
  • Will the bindings need to be reset? Know your boot length and bring a tape measure to check.

Here is what to consider for boot shopping:
  • Remove the boot liner and slip your foot in. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when your toes are at the front.
  • Are the boot soles heavily worn from walking?
  • Do the hinges function?
  • Any missing rivets?
  • Are the liners worn? Is the tongue attached?
  • Ensure that the buckles are all there and not loose or broken.

Q: What should you take with you?
A: True bar; tape measure; small screwdriver set with multiple bits; and know your boot length and DIN settings.


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