beer barter system
go into the shop of any ski store. Put a 6 pack of long trail, or your favorite local beer, up on the counter in an obvious spot. Don't say a thing about it. Don't even look at it. Just ask the guy if you could get your skis done by Friday.
Guaranteed winner everytime!
It's one of the best things about skiing. The beer barter system can get you so far. Just look at who you're up against. Some rich snotty bastard that comes in like they deserve their skis by friday. Then, there is you who are asking for a favor and are willing to hook the guy up for his nice gesture and great work. You feel good, they feel good, and you have your skis for the weekend