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Buying 2012 skis for trip to US in January

post #1 of 11
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Hi. In january I flying into the US to ski for some days.  I am from South America.  This year, I am willing to buy a pair of skis/bindings.  The problem is that I cannot really afford prices such as $800 for a good pair of skis and bindings.  I got the idea of buying a new pair of skis from last years collection.  This would allow me to buy a much better ski than if I would if I obtained a brand new one,  In my country, I'm heavily charged for buying stuff abroad and this being shipped, so I need to buy the skis and directly send them to the hotel.  Obviously, I cannot send my skis right now to the hotel, but I think that in January most sale skis from last year will vanish from the web.  Does anyone know a site were I am guaranteed that by that dates they would still have some decent stock of 2012 skis?  Or maybe a cheap way of storing them until I arrive?

 

THanks

 

RUbinio

post #2 of 11

HI Rubino, 

Do you have friends here?  Another thought is to try to do business with a local shop to where you're skiing and ask them about buying, mounting and holding for you until you arrive. 

 

Where are you skiing when you come to the US? 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Aspen/Snowmass.  With local shops you reffer to the ones in Aspen, or all around the US?

 

Thanks

 

RUbinio

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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

Aspen/Snowmass.  With local shops you reffer to the ones in Aspen, or all around the US?

 

Thanks

 

RUbinio

Aspen, in this case, or where ever you're skiing.

 

For instance, if you were coming to Tahoe, you may contact the local shop, (example: Start Haus) get a deal on skis, have them ready for you when you get here and not have to worry about shipping or storage. 

 

If I were you, I'd contact some shops in the Aspen area or Snowmass, since their village has some good deals from time to time, and see about buying from them. 

 

But then, that's just one thought.  Someone else may have a better idea. 

post #5 of 11

Are you flying directly to Aspen or into Denver and then renting a car?  If you're flying into Denver and renting a car, there are a lot of shops in the Denver area that, IME, are significantly less expensive than shops in Aspen.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm flying directly into Aspen.  I want to buy the skis online because I don't think that by mid january, stores would be still selling last seasons skis.

post #7 of 11

What about boots?  Do you already have them?  If you can only buy either boots or skis, buy boots because they have more influence on how you ski than the ski.

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What about boots?  Do you already have them?  If you can only buy either boots or skis, buy boots because they have more influence on how you ski than the ski.

But not on line......

While you're in Aspen, go see Jim Lindsey 

BOOTech,Inc.
Jim Lindsay
BOOTech,Inc.
Aspen Highlands
Aspen,CO
970-925-2526
www.bootech.net

 

Or 

Jack Rafferty, in the Snowmass village mall

 

Here is his web site

http://snowmasstodon.com

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But not on line......

 

 I forgot that part, probably because the idea of buying boots on line is not something I think about.th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #10 of 11

Try to identify some shops that have a significant demo ski program to rent.

They will not always get rid of their entire ski fleet, so their demo skis will include 2012 gear.  

 

Then you can try the skis-and even perhaps apply some days of rental fees towards purchase.  

You can then ask the shop for prices to buy those exact (used) skis that are working for you (or the best ones out of their fleet.

They will be used, but you should be able to try to negotiate a 2012 discount price + additional discount as they are used.

 

This is not a for sure thing, but something you have to discuss with the store and perhaps talk with the manager.

Call and talk with the shop first to what you want to do.

They are prepared to charge you if the skis get lost or stolen, so they have idea of the prices.  But the actual amount of discount as compared to a "replacement" fee may vary.  

My point, is there is always a supply of skis to be had.

There is also chances that shops will still have a good selection of fair-priced 2012 skis even through Jan. .  You will just have to shop around and take with you a list of possible skis you want, and  have a good idea of pricing.

post #11 of 11

+1 for Jim Lindsay and Boot Tech. He changed the way I ski!

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