Dear Ralph: I purchased my first Ski-Doo this past season, a 2006 MX Z Adrenaline 600 H.O. SDI. I love the sled, it is...

Dear Ralph:
I purchased my first Ski-Doo this past season, a 2006 MX Z Adrenaline 600 H.O. SDI. I love the sled, it is everything you told me it would be, with the exception of the skis. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the performance of the skis; light steering and nimble handling, but their durability totally stinks. Totally. Right in front of the outer carbide runner on each ski, there is a very thin area of plastic. This thin section wears out quicker than it should, and when it does, the thicker (angled) part just behind it digs into the snow.

My dealer tells me the skis are worn out due to the low snow conditions of last year, and while that accelerated the wear, the thin section I’m talking about is bogus. Can you help?
Lynn Klug

I know exactly what you’re talking about, as many of us experienced this exact scenario. All owners of 2006 Ski-Doos fitted with these skis should inspect this area of the ski, right in front of the outer carbide runner. It is quite thin, and while low snow will make it wear out quicker, it wears out quicker than any other ski design we’re currently using. This is likely the result of trying to make the skis as light as possible, which they are, but this is the trade-off. Yes, the plastic should (ideally) be thicker in this area.

I’ve asked Ski-Doo about this, and they indicated while they are aware of this high-wear area there were no plans to change the ski mold or anything like that. Nor do they intend on replacing the skis, as they are “wear items”. Right now you have a couple of options: install new ski bottoms and consider the ski bottoms like carbide runners (as replaceable wear items), or install a different set of skis.

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