Like the title says, how you gonna tell (before you get sold the wrong gear and have problems that aren't looked after properly? Let's have some hints/clues to tell that you are in a good ski shop.
I like to browse and listen in on advice given out. Sometimes I like what I'm hearing (good shop). Sometimes I have to bite my tongue. Sometimes I can't stand it and I but in.
Is the shop genuinely interested in selling you the correct gear, or just emptying their over-stock?
Do they do proper boot-fitting, or just sell over-sized comfy in the shop boots.
What do they do if a customer comes back with a problem (you might not get to see this very often in a good shop).
Do they go out of their way to help you out when you need bindings, tell you they can order one and charge you MSRP, or just tell you they don't sell bindings separately?
Do they give you a fair price on mounting stuff bought somewhere else?
If you can't get your binding mounted there 'cause your just passing through, will they give you the information you need by tracking down the guy in the shop who knows and letting him tell you?
What are some clues you know.