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Gear and Gear Service at the Gathering

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Several people have mentioned in passing that it would be good to have a catalog of resources for quality ski gear and service at Bridger and/or Big Sky. Example: "I'm having a 'sixth toe' issue. Where can I get a punch?" Let's list those resources here. (Locals, that means you.)

 

My specific question has to do with the fact that right now my teen-ager has my all-around do-everything 85mm ski, set to his boots, etc. This leaves me with a relative fattie (which I'll bring) and a race-carver (which I probably won't). Do we know if any of our stalwart retailers will be bringing demos? Trying to figure out if I should I look locally in case of mediocre snow, or repo the skis from my kid, or what.

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An 85mm ski is no longer a do anything ski.  Leave it at home, especially if the snow keeps doing what it has been this year.  

 

I've found that you are far more likely to find a good bootfitter almost everywhere except in Montana.  If there's already a bootfitter you've seen, I recommend going there first before you come out here.  I don't know any in Montana nor have any ever been recommended to me.  That's not to say you can't get the work done, I just don't know anywhere comparable to the places I used to go in Colorado.

 

Regarding skis and shops - 

 - I like Chalet Sports and Ph.D skis in Bozeman.  In Big Sky I like Gallatin Alpine Sports.  Moonlight's rental shop is pretty good too.

 - I have all of my work done at Moonlight's tune shop.  Maybe there's better places, but I know Mark and Phil and I know exactly what their skills are.  Mark can tune anything by hand but he's also got machines.  I've seen him work some magic on skis.  Disclaimer - I work with them.  Still, having worked in a tune shop before, I am very picky who I take my skis too.  The kid working down at the local sporting goods store who's only run a few hundred pairs of skis through a belt grinder scares me.  

 - Moonlight's demo fleet will be for sale by that time.  You might be able to pick up a pretty good deal.

 

I did talk to our rental manager to see if he would be willing to put something together for people coming out.  I'll let you know what we come up.  

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Wasatchback's topical comments are here.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by vinn View Post

An 85mm ski is no longer a do anything ski.  Leave it at home, especially if the snow keeps doing what it has been this year.  

 

Well, you know as well as I do that if I leave it at home the snow will absolutely NOT keep doing what it has been doing.

post #5 of 7

To ski Schlauchman's you'll need a peep. (The peeps are so the ski patrol doesn't miss dinner searching for your body.) To do the Ridge you only need a peep but a pack is highly recommended to strap you skis on for the climb. Full gear (backpack, peep and shovel) can be rented at the mountain for $20 a day with a $200 deposit.  (They will charge your credit card the $200 then refund it when you return your gear.) Panda Sports (which is on the way to the mountain -- 621 Bridger Drive -- 587-6280) rents just peeps for $10 a day and a credit card number for deposit.

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EDIT: Moved to its own thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/119193/touring-around-big-sky


Edited by JayT - 3/12/13 at 4:34pm
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Thomas Peterson is a good guy to see for boots at the Chalet. 

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