Let's see... walked into a local shop, gave very specific criteria for the type of ski I wanted: wide (115+), long (185+), rockered, medium flex, twin-tip, near center mount, jibby feel. Gave him by background in skiing: All mountain freeride, park. Not looking for a carving ski. The ski salesman then proceeded to direct me toward a pair of Stockli Rotor 106s in a 177cm length. I kindly told him that wasn't what I was looking for. He then tried to point me towards the Volkl Katanas. Again, not even remotely what I was looking at. He then proceeded to tell me about how they only sell "the finest" in ski equipment. After seeing all of the Volkl product at the shop, I asked him what his thoughts were about K2... he went on a 15 minute rant about how K2 skis are Chinese made garbage, as I could barely hold in my laughter. I then asked him about K2 owning Volkl. He proceeded to tell me how all Volkl skis are made in Germany, and they are far superior to K2 crap. At this point, I was getting annoyed. So far, all he had tried to sell me was elitist crap about how superior the brands they carry are to other brands, coupled with skis that I didn't want. I then proceeded to go down the line of Volkl skis, and point out on each one where they said "Made in China" (with the exception of the Gotama), then watched him try to stammer his way out of his lies (or wrong information). Long story short, I haven't gone back to that shop since. Most of the guys I ski with have had the same experience. Too bad, as they do a good bootfitting. I know two of the ski techs there, and they have verified that the general atmosphere is elitist. The other ski shop in town knows skis, but doesn't know boots. The salesman there tried to convince me that Salomon Ghosts would have a similar fit to Full Tilts (the narrow lasted ones). So we have one shop that knows boots, and one that knows skis. Strangely enough, probably one of the most knowledgeable salesmen in town works at Sportchek, selling crap equipment to people that don't know better. In this town, it helps to know what you are talking about and what you want before you visit any of the shops here.