I'm curious who here has skis they consider rock skis, how much they are worth, and how much damage people are willing to risk to them.
I'm curious because I just can't bring myself to wreck skis, even if they are really worth nothing. Case in point- I specifically bought a ski swap pair of 2001 vintage Atomic Beta 9.22's for $35 for early season, hard snow, crap snow use- skis I could have really used in all of the shit snow conditions last year. I also have a pair of Atomic Sugar Daddies whose bases consist of about 25% repair Ptex at this point, and I STILL find myself cringing when I hit rocks skiing them.
Meanwhile, I'm watching guys ski ~10" of completely unconsolidated snow surrounded by rocks protruding through and bare patches with thousands of dollars in equipment. I think some of this can be explained by the fact that many of the people skiing mandatory base damage runs were younger and probably didn't buy the equipment they were skiing, on but certainly not all.
On another note, both of the skis I mention about are the much derided Atomic beta foam core skis that conventional wisdom says lose their pop in a season, and both of these pairs of skis still have a ton of camber and pop. I'm not sure I would spend new-ski money on foam core skis, but my experience with these makes me wonder whether I'm just lucky or the crappiness of Atomics foam construction was overstated. Anyways...