Are some of you out there as skeptical as I am about some of the big corporate ski shops' inconsistent quality output? Kinda depends on what tech you get on any given day. Guess I'm learning impaired, because I took the bait again with a coupon deal to a big shop that has a gazillion dollar computerized tuning machine that's the size of your average houseboat. Just needed a little clean-up on my early season rock skis so I could get a clean base edge for new bevels.
Doh ! ! !
They came back with a stone grind soooo bad -- high and low wavy, structure started 12" back from contact points, skips in structure pattern, divots from a dirty stone. No way I would give them a chance to fix it or botch it again.
Took 'em to Larson's and they did a wonderful job cleaning them up.
Then took one of my better pairs that also needed more that a hand touch-up to Eskimo Ski Shop, because they're more on my side of town. They also did a great job.
Both Larson's and Eskimo are small family run shops. They have both been around a long time and their techs have been with them for years. They both do good work. Larson's is at I-70 & Kipling, and Eskimo has relocated to Holly & County Line. I have no ties to either. Just compelled to recommend a couple of the good small-business guys.
So. Support your local, small, friendly, customer-centric businesses, and maybe they'll stick around in spite of the big boys.