lebearo, not sure where you hail from (I grew up Sherwood Park/Edmonton). I have easy US border access and am going to Oakland later this week. So I called up Sierra Jim's Starthaus shop (site sponsor? or at minimum major tech info contributor) this am and then dawgcatcher's "
Village Bike and Ski 541-593-2453 Full line of skis from Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, K2, Head, Blizzard, and Stockli. Call for current specials" shop.
SJ gave me a fine online response to my own thread so I gave them dibs but sounded like they have a confined market with expected sales on the ski's I want so weren't giving me a great deal (their words, SJ wasn't working at the time I phoned).
Next I phoned Dawg at Village Bike & Ski, (Scott?? sorry, can't recall for certain and all my notes are at work!). We had a great relaxed tech discussion to help me close my decisions. He was very helpful and their present deal whereby all skis include a free binding set was killer for me. Ski's were already $649.....so $649 loaded with bindings AND free shipping. In addition I wanted a full tune (seen that rec'd for the Sultan 85's I picked) that I bucked up for. They'll be at my hotel on Thursday or Friday along with the sportube from altrec.com to round out two major items I've been wanting to take care of.
I'm sure he could do the same for at least a couple of you on this thread posting from stateside/western US let alone rest. Many shopowners are overworked right now as their staff finally get a few days off post Holiday rush......but the owners/key staff still are out of breath so be patient if you don't get a reply very shortly. Good luck with your quest.