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Anyone remember Scorpion skis?



 
 
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Old December 11th 06, 09:44 AM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Hi

Blimey; made of wood!

What did you think you're the skies are made of?

Florian
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Old December 11th 06, 06:57 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Florian Anwander wrote:

Hi

Blimey; made of wood!

What did you think you're the skies are made of?


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Old December 27th 10, 11:47 PM
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Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.
...

Regards
I used mine on Christmas Day in Whistler. Bought them in 79, I think, still using 30 years later. I have probably skied 50 days on these skis. Put on new bindings about 5 years ago. They are very good on groomed slopes and moguls, very easy to turn, not as slow as you would expect because they generate high confidence, so straight down the slope is fine if you can see the bumps. Can get trapped in low light or overcast when the sno surface cannot be read ahead, or in blizzard. Not good on powder despite the width, because the tails are very short. Requires plenty of leg power. No need for sticks, but I do use wrist guards. Can sometimes be difficult to get back on your feet on flattish soft snow, easy on steep slopes. I would happily ski a narrow gully in these, because the short length gives manoevrability (on 110 cm). Also fun in the snowpark.

Are there any other Scorpion users out there?
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Old February 5th 11, 05:21 PM
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[he Scorpions were used for teaching beginners. After two or three lessons, I could move the student to longer skis. They were also used out West to guarantee any skier 2000 ft of power for Helicopter Skiing. They only became a fad because of our longer ski mentality at the time. They are and were the perfect turning ski. I still have 4 pair of the bullet proof ones.
Are there any more out there.

I also have a few pair of Grass Skis. That is another interesting subject!
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Old February 3rd 13, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Weathercam View Post
Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I
seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.

Reason is that I have picked a pair up via Ebay which I intend to use as
short approach skis for touring as they are quite a bit wider (90mm) and
longer than my normal approach skis (108) so should be a little better for
climbing in deep powder.

I'll fit my Dynafit bindings to them - point is that for normal use the
binding was towards the back - and I intend to move them more to the middle,
or as far as I can get away with for fitting my ski crampons.

Any advice / help appreciated.

Regards
I have a pair, the front binding ie toe is approx. 18/20 inches from the front and the heel binding is approx. 8" from the rear edge of the ski, adjusted for boot size 9us or 8 uk.
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Old March 9th 13, 09:45 PM
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I am very familiar with Scorpion Skis. I still have 4 pair. I don't think is a good to move the bindings forward. They were designed to have the binding at the back . i have taught many people to ski on them. Once their technique was learned (which didn't take very long) and their confidence level was increased a pupil could go to normal skis. However, the skis today making learning 100% easier. Years ago the scorpions were used by Helicopter ski companies because they could guarantee almost anyone 2000 feet of skiing. The ski floats up in powder . On hard pack because the binding is at the back ,if a pupil (especially women) sat back, the back of the skis hit the snow and pushed the pupil forward without them really knowing what was happening.When a pupil then tried regular ski their technique was already learned.
The original skis were made of the same material a bullet-proof Glass . therefore were indestructable.
you can e-mail me if you need more info.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Weathercam View Post
Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I
seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.

Reason is that I have picked a pair up via Ebay which I intend to use as
short approach skis for touring as they are quite a bit wider (90mm) and
longer than my normal approach skis (108) so should be a little better for
climbing in deep powder.

I'll fit my Dynafit bindings to them - point is that for normal use the
binding was towards the back - and I intend to move them more to the middle,
or as far as I can get away with for fitting my ski crampons.

Any advice / help appreciated.

Regards
 




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