Originally Posted by philcski
Truth be told, NYC has a definitive lack of good ski shops. Business idea anyone??
A friend and I have actually spent an embarrassingly large amount of time talking about this. :) - rachelv
Should specialize in shipping skis around the country, world. Maybe even storing
skis for customers. Who in Nyc really wants to lug their skis around?
Maybe laundering of skiwear?
Good takeaway snacks for your vacation prepackaged - ship that with the skis too.
Considering the difficulty of getting a reliable tune in a ski town
, trusting a new EMS on Spring St. is mildly insane. But you never know.
Some of the highlights this year at Snowmass:
--Demoing skis at a well known shop. I've taken off my boot so the tech can fit the bindings. I look over and see the guy struggling and say, "Uh...hey...I forgot to take the Cat Tracks off!..Sorry! That's not going to work so well.." He then has to readjust
the binding to fit the boot sans cat track in. Good thing I was watching or I'd never have made it to the lift. Though maybe that's a new idea for vibration absorption - leave the cat tracks on in the binding.
Same shop late that day after return looking for another ski. I'm comparing two skis side by side flexing them. I've already been told by one guy that A is "much stiffer" than B. Yet the actual reality of flexing them shows the opposite result. Sometimes it's hard to tell but this time it's quite clear. Should I trust his "word" or go with the measured reality? I think I'll go with the measurement, since I've been down this road before in ski shops. I tell him the results of my testing and he says, "You can flex those skis all day, but A is still
stiffer than B!" Well, so much for reality!
Another tech wanders over and he asks if he's skied both of the skis in question. "Oh yeah. I've skied those two." Then he asks, "So A is much stiffer than B right?" The response: "No way dude, B's way stiffer. No question." Thank god for another "experimenter" or I'd once again have to question my sanity. Really we should have counseling booths outside ski shops...
It doesn't end there though. I'm putting my boot back on. There's still a discussion going on over there about the stiffness issue. I attempt to stay out of it. Then it's too late and I say "You know, it's not that complicated. You can just flex them and find out! Really, it's quite simple." The discussion keeps going.
Soon after, Mr. "You can flex that ski all day..." comes over.
He tells me, "I'm a snowboarder. I don't ski. I've never skied those skis. I just go by what they tell me and A is supposed to be stiffer than B"
Then it's off to the coffee shop with my cat tracks for some liquid counseling....
Another shop, well recommended for tuning - that's about all they do. Looks good. I'm taking Peter from Australia there since he needs his skis sharpened. (Aspen/Snowmass was experiencing a crisis in tuning - one actually needed
edges that week.) They don't accept skis after 5pm and we're rushing to get there. We just make it. We go through the formalites and Peter places the order. Just to make sure, I ask "You don't detune the tips and tails do you?"
"Oh yeah, usually about 10 inches"
Both of us in unison: "No, No, we don't want that. No detuning, ok?"
The guy, responding as if we're completely insane, "Ok... I'll leave them sharp as razors
all the way..."
"Yes. That would be great." - I know we're idiots, but thanks for humoring us.
Then it's off to the hotel for more counseling...
I haven't even gotten into that other story with trying to get Akathasia's skis tuned. Trying to tune them in the conference room with Alpinord's stuff it became apparent that whatever shop "tuned" them before had detuned the tips with like a file at 45 deg. He needed a base grind. That one worked out well in the end after a brief battle getting through the "we just do them to factory specs" phase.
I can only imagine if Paragon in nyc tunes skis.
"Dude, you like rails right. I rounded the edges to make it easier!"