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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I just received a catalog from INTERSPORT in Austria. Despite the crappy exchange rate between the dollar and the euro, Fischer, Atomic, and Head skis are still between $100 and $350 cheaper than they are selling at my local ski stores. Buying skis in Austria could just about cover a cheap airfare to Europe. The Austrian VAT is refundable at the airport and most of the cost of a new pair of skis would fall under the $800 US Duty exemption for US air travelers. Intersport also has demo centers at most of the major resorts.
post #2 of 22
Just remember if you fly out of Switzerland, you have to do the VAT thing at the border. You can't do it in Zurich since they are not in the EU.
post #3 of 22
There's also .....
"Hervis"
"Giga-sport"
"Sports Experts"
in Austria.
post #4 of 22
I'd like to get one of those catalogs myself. Does Intersport have a website?

Any idea if they ship to the U.S. and what they'd charge for the shipping?
post #5 of 22
I doubt sports shops in Austria will do international delivery.

These people
http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/e_index.htm have good prices (even though I'm in Austria I buy from them) and do international delivery

Click on "Skis Alpine" or "Skis Telemark" on the left of the screen. If they haven't got the model you are looking for on their website just ask them.

[ October 28, 2003, 08:30 AM: Message edited by: DB ]
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Here's the web site:

Intersport

DB:

Is Intersport the best place to go for basic Alpine equipment or are some of the other stores you mentioned better?

I like Intersport because it has convenient demo centers in places like St. Anton and Ischgl. I figured I go to Ischgl, demo some skis, and then make my decision. The money I save can help defray my trip costs.

Apparently, you can also do the VAT refund by mail. Is that method reliable or should VAT refund be done at the border?

PS US Customs may be a problem for mail order. If you go yourself, you get that nifty $800 duty free exemption on overseas purchases.

PPS Since Swiss cancelled its direct flight from IAD to ZHR, most skiers in our area who want direct flights to the Alps need to fly Lufthansa to Munich or Austrian to Vienna.
post #7 of 22
Hi WVS, i couldn't find prices on their site. Could you post the price range for boots? Not the stiffest top of the line, but the likes of Nordica W12, Rssignol B2, Lange comp 100 etc. I have an offer on some last year's boots, and i want to know if the difference is substantial. just a general range would be fine.
Hope you don't find me too forward/
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
DB:
Is Intersport the best place to go for basic Alpine equipment or are some of the other stores you mentioned better?
They are all much of a muchness but Intersport is the biggest here and I think that goes for the whole of Austria.

[ October 28, 2003, 12:38 PM: Message edited by: DB ]
post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by psy:
Hi WVS, i couldn't find prices on their site. Could you post the price range for boots? Not the stiffest top of the line, but the likes of Nordica W12, Rssignol B2, Lange comp 100 etc. I have an offer on some last year's boots, and i want to know if the difference is substantial. just a general range would be fine.
Hope you don't find me too forward/
I get their special offer leaflets through the door, here are a couple of prices from the last one .....

Lange Comp 120 = 400 Euro
Salomon X-Wave 8.9 = 350 Euro
post #10 of 22
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Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Apparently, you can also do the VAT refund by mail. Is that method reliable or should VAT refund be done at the border?
When you do it by mail, you still have to have the form stamped at the border. Theoretically, the refund is for unused equipment, but they didn't make us pull out the skis and show them or anything.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Here are some prices for skis and bindings in Euros from the catalog that was mailed to me:

Fischer RC4 w/ Fischer FX 12 Binding: 599
Atomic GS-9 w/ Race 310 Bindings: 549
Head I-SL MIT LD 12 Race carver w/ Tyrolia LD 12 Binding: 549
Atomic SX-11 Cross w/ Atomic SX 412 Binding: 729
Atomic SX 7.2 Cross Carver w/ Device 311 Binding: 449
Head Cyber IC 300 w/ Tyrolia LD 12 SRF Binding: 699

Some Boots:

Salomon X Wave 8.9: 349
Lange Comp 120: 399

Are these prices good or am I just shopping in the wrong stores here in the good old US of A?

[ October 28, 2003, 03:10 PM: Message edited by: West Virginia Skier ]
post #12 of 22
thanx DB and WVS, i though the prices would be a little lower. If memory serves me right, last march the prices in Val disere were lower by about 10-15%. Is inflation running wild in Europe, is my memory shot or are these regular start of season prices' and should expect them to come down a little?
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
By early February, Intersport and Strolz start selling next year's models (they get those models well before we do), and 2003-04 models get marked down significantly.
post #14 of 22
Theres an English company you might be interested in. At the bottom of all it's ski pages there are prices in US$ which include shipping to the States. You can't buy online but the site tells you how to order by fax or phone.

Europa Ski Lodge

Hope this of use to someone.

Jon
post #15 of 22
The good prices come at a price... The margins are down, your average ski shop in Austria/Germany blows out their skis and that's it. Reminds me of a fish market as opposed to US type boutique's. If you eyed a particular ski @ a particular lenght don't expect it will be on stock or will be back ordered. Calling ahead and setting a ski aside until you show up: Don't count on it - that didn't work for me the other season... And I speak German.
Don't be surprised if the variety differs from the original Intershop program. The Intershop shop up the street where I lived for example has Stoeckli in store, outside the regular Intersport program.
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Here's the web site:

Intersport

DB:

Is Intersport the best place to go for basic Alpine equipment or are some of the other stores you mentioned better?

I like Intersport because it has convenient demo centers in places like St. Anton and Ischgl. I figured I go to Ischgl, demo some skis, and then make my decision. The money I save can help defray my trip costs.

Apparently, you can also do the VAT refund by mail. Is that method reliable or should VAT refund be done at the border?

PS US Customs may be a problem for mail order. If you go yourself, you get that nifty $800 duty free exemption on overseas purchases.

PPS Since Swiss cancelled its direct flight from IAD to ZHR, most skiers in our area who want direct flights to the Alps need to fly Lufthansa to Munich or Austrian to Vienna.
Hi WVS.. I ski in Ischgl every January, stay in the Ischglerhof.
I always buy my skis from Intersport. For a start, Intersport ssell brand name skis you can never get in the UK, for example, SStokl's. Secondly, you can bet your bottom dollar that the sskis are a lot cheaper to buy in Austria than well known UK Ski SShops. Will be in Ischgl from the 5th January for 18 days.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Maximus,

I hope to be in Ischgl during the first week of Feb. It will be my first visit there. I'm already excited.

One is thing is certain, buying skis or bringing your own is much cheaper than renting demos. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #18 of 22
Max, WV enjoy!
They're pretty heavy into partying in Ischgl. Think spring beak. Grab a couple of cold ones for me in the Kuhstall while you wait for your new boards to be set up for you...
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ischgl apparently ranks 2 in Austria for the party scene--just a fraction behind St. Anton.

At Lech, Strolz offerd customers glasses of champagne to drink while waiting for their skis or getting sized up for Strolz's world famous custom boots. They also had a full bar in their ski "gallery."

[ November 03, 2003, 03:01 PM: Message edited by: West Virginia Skier ]
post #20 of 22
WVS, I remember Ischgl...
It appeared to me like an in the open Disco.
Loud music, crowd everywhere.
But ski prices were cheaper than in Italy actually it was near the end of season, and I could have bought skis for half the price compared to Italy)
I used to bunk at the village up the valley, Galtuer.
A much quiter place, for families with little children.
post #21 of 22
WVS,
I'd rate Saalbach up there close to Ischgls as well. (from what I remember)
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Maximus,

I hope to be in Ischgl during the first week of Feb. It will be my first visit there. I'm already excited.

One is thing is certain, buying skis or bringing your own is much cheaper than renting demos. [img]smile.gif[/img]
WVS, I don't know how your dollars stack up against euros but I suggest you pack a lot of euros - Ischgl is rated as one of the most expensive ski resorts in Europe. Famed for organising outdoor concerts, hosting great names like Elton John, Diana Ross & Michael Jackson. Seen to be the most innovative ski resort in Europe with its themed ice sculptures, moving pedestrian mats to transport skiers up to the lift station through an underground tunnel and sharing the only double-decker cablecar in the World with its neighbour Samnaun, in Switzerland. At the end of the day there is a mad exhodus from the middle station to the village, involving half tanked up young germans & scandinavians spilling out of ice-bars attempting to negotiate the then frozen pistes at breakneck speed.. take heed. Have a great time! I certainly will. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
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