I've been in need of new skis for a while and have been doing a lot of research on line and in various shops. I normally would prefer to buy at the end of the season, or at least post MLK weekend when deals start to pop up, but circumstances conspired to push me towards making a move early in the season.
Jeff spent quite a while with me on Wednesday. I had some ideas about what I wanted for an everyday ski for Stowe (Blizzard Bushwacker, Brahma, or Kastle FX94 or 84), but I didn't want to color his thinking, so it took a while. I started with describing what I ski and the characteristics I was looking for, after lots of questions on both sides and talking about various options we kept coming back to the Bushwacker and Brahma. I had been thinking that 173 was the length because I wanted to maximize maneuverability, but Jeff was confident that 180 was the way to go. They had the skis mounted and ready to go within an hour so I could enjoy them on Turkey day in 6" of fresh.
It was a great experience and I got a very fair deal, I'm sure I could have done better in 2 months IF the skis were still in stock, but I got a price that I was comfortable paying and I've been out enjoying my new skis rather than muddling through on my old sticks.