I think in Canada, this year's lower canadian dollar will likely put the cost of new skis up next year. I don't recall purchasing good equipment at the prices offered last year in Canada, the strong dollar did bring the price of many things down (cars, computers, electronics). That said, The cost of two year old skis tends to be least at the beginning of the ski season as makers want it out the door. The two year old gear will also have been manufactured when the dollar was strong and money already made on it.
I know I live in South Carolina, but my kids live in Kitchener, ON and aren't totally independant. I am constantly having to check the best way to make their school book purchases, computer parts, gifts, needs, and yes, sports gear by comparing prices in both countries and whether it's best for me to order from a Canadian store and have it delivered to them or order in the US and take it up to them. Since I'm called on every few weeks to loan money via internet email transfers etc, to them I have a pretty good handle on prices in both countries for a wide range of goods, over the past few years.