As many of you are aware, I've been a mountain rep at Jackson Hole for Head skis/boots/bindings for quite a few years. During those years, I've watched as the Head brand has grown to practically dominate the international racing scene - particularly so far this year in the World Cup schedule (Lindsay won again today in Beaver Creek, giving her four victories in a row!).
Last spring, the shop I've worked with here in Jackson Hole, Teton Village Sports, changed ownership. The new owners decided not to carry Head products this year, so that means there is no shop in Jackson Hole carrying Head this season.
The part that I enjoy so much about being a rep is riding up a lift and talking to people about gear. If they like the idea of trying what I'm skiing on, then I can steer them toward a shop where they can demo the skis. Obviously, I couldn't do that with Head this year.
So, I got an overture from Rossignol and I've now signed on as a mountain rep for Rossi. I'm excited about it because many parts of the Rossi line are a perfect fit for our mountain here in Jackson Hole and I would imagine that I'll find a more "open" audience for Rossignol products as I'm riding the lifts. I've been to a couple of orientation sessions on the product line and there's a lot of really cool stuff out there. I'll learn lots more as the next few weeks go by.
So, I'm in the process of figuring out which Rossi get to ski this winter. I've got a pair of Experience 98's on order that should be here this week. I'm trying out narrow-waisted skis to see which feels best to me for the truly hard-snow days and I'll probably also end up with a pair of S7/Super 7 or their descendants before the powder season is over.