SKI EVALUATION GUIDE
As of July 1, 2013 we have instituted a new grading system for used skis. Previously listed skis will have the original grading scale applied to them. Please look at the grade located at the end of any listing title and refer to the grades below:
New Grading System:
To simplify our grading system we have developed two grades of used downhill skis. They are Gold and Silver and are designated with either a "G" or an "S" in our listing titles.
Gold - These skis are the highest quality used skis we offer and will have chip sizes no larger than a "B" designation below. All chips will be repaired on the top sheet, the edges will be sharpened and the bases will be sanded smooth and a storage wax will be applied. (See "Storage Wax Note" below.) Generally, our "Gold" skis will have the least amount of "wear and tear" on them and will have the longest useful life.
Silver - Our silver skis are sold just as they have been received by our warehouse. We check the bindings for proper operation, core shots, delamination and remove any unsafe skis. Chip sizes in the top sheet will be larger than the "B" designation below. To provide you with the lowest prices possible the chips will not be repaired. In addition, we will not sharpen the edges or sand and wax the bases. If you are trained skier or have a favorite ski technician these skis will provide you with the very best value! We realize not everyone has a ski technician on their speed dial. So, we are offering the following services at 1/2 our normal shop prices when you purchase them at the same time as your skis.
Edge and Base Service: For $17.50 we will professionally grind and sharpen the edges of the skis, sand the bases and apply a storage wax. (See "Storage Wax Note" below.)
Top Sheet Repair : For $37.50 we offer a full service repair of the top sheet for your skis. All of the top sheet chips will be repaired and epoxy sealed. Any gouges in the bases will be filled with p-tex and smoothed. Your edges will be ground and sharpened, bases will be sanded and a storage wax will be applied to the skis. (See "Storage Wax Note" below.)
Original Grading System:
We have created this guide to provide you with a general overview of the way we grade the condition of our skis. We have three basic conditions of skis: - New - Demo - and Rental/Used - Our skis will fall into one of these three general categories. In addition, we will list skis with various chip sizes from A to D in the title. ("A" is the smallest, about 1/2 inch or less and "D" is the largest and can be several inches in length.) "N" denoted skis are skis without noticeable chips in the top plate. These chips will be repaired by our trained ski technicians and they do not affect the performance or life of the skis. When a listing has no letter designation then there are no repaired chips on the top plate of the skis. If there is any specific damage to the skis beyond normal scratches, chips, minor gouges etc. we will put that in the individual item description.
Our ski technicians carefully review each ski as it comes into our warehouse. If the skis have serious de lamination, core shots, damaged edges or other major problems they will be removed from our stock and discarded. You may expect to receive skis that are fully functional and safe to use. In addition to the inspection our trained ski technicians will make minor repairs of the chips, gouges and nicks. As needed they will sand the bases and apply a storage wax. Finally, they will sharpen the edges so the skis are ready to go down the mountain!
Storage Wax Note: If a storage wax is applied to your skis they will need to be scraped prior to skiing. You may do this by taking a hard plastic edge (such as an ice scraper) and gently scrape the bases until you have a smooth surface. Or, when you get your bindings set have the ski tech at your local shop do the scraping. Either way there is no need to have your skis waxed again.
NEW - We are a sports liquidation company. As such, we have a number of suppliers for our skis including ski resorts, retail sporting goods, ski manufacturers etc. Our new skis will never have been skied on prior to sale to our customers. However, they may have small scrapes, scratches or nicks that are typical of handling and storage in a warehouse setting. The manufacturer's warranty is still valid on all of our new ski sales.
DEMO - These skis may have light scratches to the top plates and maybe a small nick or two on the top plate or the sidewall. Tips could have light chatter marks.
RENTAL/USED - These skis will be former rental skis we purchased from ski resorts, ski shops, sporting goods stores that have been reviewed and reconditioned by our trained ski technicians. Generally the skis will have moderate to heavy scratching, repaired chips and gouges and will have seen light to heavy service for 1 to 4 years. We try very hard to provide representative pictures of our skis but some blemishes do not photograph well. If you are purchasing skis for $69.99 expect it to have more scratches and wear than the same pair of skis we sell for $199.99.
Below are samples of various blemishes and repairs: (All of the chips will be repaired and will not affect the performance or longevity of your product.)
N - Denotes no noticeable chips in the top plate.
A - Denotes a chip(s) that are smaller than 1/2 inch in size.
B - Denotes a chip(s) that are between 1/2 and 1 inch in size.
C - Denotes chip(s) that are smaller than 2 inches in size.
D - Denotes any chip(s) that are larger than 2 inches in size.
R - This ski has a repair or minor defect that is not a repairable chip and should be noted in the description.
Youth Skis: All of our youth rental/used skis will show moderate to heavy scratching with some chips. This is cosmetic in nature and will not affect the performance of the skis.
* We used a photo of this snow board because once we sand the bases on the skis you generally can not see the repairs. This orange base gives a good contrast for the photo.
Some skis have broken pieces such as this binding that has the front of the plate missing. These broken pieces will not affect the performance of the binding/skis or its longevity. These will be noted in the item description and designated with an R after the title. If a part is broken and it affects the ski 's performance or safety we will remove it from our stock and dispose of it.