Originally Posted by comprex
Dookey, if you had 20 wine bottles in your cooler, would they be 3 labels max?
I don't think you really credit the folks who, having quivers, take each one pair out as though it was the only skis they have on that day and enjoy them as much as they can wherever they happen to be fun (or not).
Picking a ski for the day is then just as much fun as picking a bottle to have with dinner.
interesting analogy, given that these days wine is more often equated as an alcholic beverage choice of the incredibly affluent.
even though i spent the formative years of my high school days in the Napa Valley and have quite a few friends in the wine industry, i've never been much for the grape. if/when i do indulge it's predominantly reds, preferably cabs and merlots, so even then i'd techically be a 2-varietal person.
but at the end of the day i'm mostly a beer gent and tend to stick to lagers and pilsners.
that said, i don't feel the wine analogy is terribly fitting since an educated wine drinker could possibly buy several cases of mixed varieties for the same price as 1 pair of skis.
also, being able to afford a slew of wines so that you can have a different bottle with every different meal is incredibly affluent and is a luxury and far from a necessity. much in the same way that a multi-ski quiver is a luxury and far from being a necessity.
the bottomline is that nobody needs 5 pairs of skis, just as nobody needs 20 bottles of different wines.
if you've got the money then certainly it's your prerogative to buy as much wine/skis as you want, but it doesn't change the fact that you don't really need 'em.
again, the main thrust of this thread was to point out that every season there's a vast amount of folks on these boards who post the inevitable "What quiver should I get this year" thread, when they just bought new skis the previous season. I've ridden with some of these folks and I can assure you that they're not hucking cliffs and destroying their skis. They appear, rather, to be obsessed with gear and finding that ski that's going to transform them into --insert name of professional, big name skier or your choice here--they seem to buy, sell, buy, sell and continually redefine their quiver once, twice, three times a season and then repeat the next year. Additionally, I'd be hard-pressed to learn that the bulk of these folks in question ski in excess of 100+ days a year. I know some 100+ folks and they ride the same equipment all season and maybe even a second season...they ride the planks until they die. The need to continually tweak, add to, and adjust one's quiver is pretty much not a need, but an addiction/obsession that having fallen victim to myself in the past, i can now see is kind of ridiculous. But that's just my opinion and first-hand observation. It's not fact (except to me) and not absolute (except to me).
So, in recap, i'm quite happy with 2 pairs of skis and a sixer of one brand of beer (another fallacy with the wine analogy is that often one's location and the availability of certain wines is a factor in what he/she drinks....for example, and i'mma flip back to beer instead of wine, if i'm in Germany the chances are far greater that i'll be drinking a classic light bodied lager or pilsner than if i were in Ireland and supping on Guinny.
anyway-hoo, now i'm just rambling because i just finished lunch.