Originally Posted by Matthias99
Depending on where you go, if you have to change planes (or airlines) you may have to pick up and recheck your bags in a distant airport. Flying SWA direct to Denver and grabbing a rental car is easy even with heavy bags. Flying through Montreal to Geneva and then taking two trains followed by a bus -- decidedly less so.
Yeah, I had to do something like that in Yrp once, agree that if trains are involved, equation changes. These days, my trips are in N.A., worst is a shuttle bus from Vancouver to Whistler. Not fun but doable.
Originally Posted by Jamesj
Now you are three chairlifts away from the rental shop and it's snowing like a banshee and rather than encountering Nirvanna, you're going back to swap equipment and messing up one of your precious ski days you've paid big bucks and crossed the country to enjoy.
Give me the devil I know over the devil I don't.
Near sticky quality. Been there, done that. If the shop magically has that ski you've been wanting to try, researched, in your length, and with solid bindings, it's an excuse to plan for next season's purchases. But waaay more often, it's that ski, but sorry, the length you want is gone, and in fact all our fat skis are out, so how about this nice Rossi carver? Or no, we don't have any of those, but you'll love this K2...
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
I always buy at the end of the season and rarely pay more than $4-500 with bindings out the door. I may not be on the ski dujour, but it's always solid gear.
I usually get a hundred days or more on a pair.
^^^^ I was being expansive about costs. Yeah, if you play the game decently, due diligence to when different places start their sales, don't ignore slopeside shops in April, you can get very nice new or lightly demoed gear from the previous season for 1/2K ready to ski.
And keep in mind that 2012's gold medal have-to-have-these-or-I'll-evaporate whoosh-snot rockers are old news, eg, heavily discounted, now that 2014's wherple-snort rocker with triple convex segments has been sighted. Or if you can't find any of the whoosh-snots, those 2rd place do-alls with 2012's sexy waist width, now so-over narrow, are being used as doorstops.
Second keep in mind: Park and freestyle skis are often overproduced (someone should fire the guys who forecast this stuff. Unless it's the business plan to end up in online warehouses.) and thus being sold cheap (meaning a little above wholesale) in the spring and summer. Most are suitable for, ah, parks. But there are some solid all-mountains in there that will kill soft snow but also handle hardpack, although obviously not as gracefully as a 70 mm carver. Keep an eye out for skis like the Volkl Bridge, Nordica Dead Money, Stockli Rotor 84, Nordica Soul Rider, Armada El Rey, or Moment Tahoe. The S3's you liked are decent but not great on hardpack, obviously very nice elsewhere.
Edited by beyond - 1/30/13 at 6:47am