Yeah, and God bless those laid-off K2 workers in Colorado who would have been making those skis if K2 hadn't moved their manufacturing to China.
Yes, I know all the arguements for Free Trade, Globalization, and all that good stuff. Let each country do what it "does best", which ultimately provides the best efficiency in production, and provides the consumers of all countries with the best-priced products.
Where that falls down is that people are not just "consumers" - they are citizens, and individuals trying to live their dreams and support their families. If willing to work they are deserving of the opportunity to make a living to the best of their abilities.
There are plenty of people who might never be programmers or history professors or engineers, or other "symbolic analysts" (information workers), but might have made damn good ski base finishers (or modem circuit board assemblers or shoe sole fabricators or CRT shadow mask mounters). Or working the metal shop to fabricate the titanium sheets in the ski. Or driving the cart that carries the raw lumber to where the wood cores are cut down and laminated together.
But those jobs are all done "best" by some other country. (Ain't slave labor and penny wages, no-benefits just great?) So these people who a few years ago could have made a good living here in the industrialized Western world (Canada, Europe, USA, etc.) now are selling burgers to each other if they are lucky enough to find a job. Some "benefit", eh?
Don't mean to put a damper on the honest "Isn't skiing great" enthusiasm, nor on the fact that we all do enjoy a wide selection of great equipment from around the world. Just want to give a moment for those who lost their job opportunities.
Off to pack up my French skis, Italian boots, and made-in-USA underwear for the Banff/Lk Louise/Fernie trip!