Where'd all the skis go?

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Where'd all the skis go?

Postby Bluebird Day » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:20 am

I ventured into three ski shops over the past rainy weekend to kick some tires and noticed that the "ski wall" at each shop was less than 50% of what it had in prior years. Clearly, the shops are ordering less skis. I was looking for a new fat ski to take out West this year (demos are getting too expensive), and there were none to be found. I guess I will rely on the internet for skis, as I've bought my last two pair that way.
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Re: Where'd all the skis go?

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:17 pm

The specialty ski shop is nearly extinct in SoCal. I'm sure online sales are competing on a national basis. But mix in the 75% snowboarder ratio among the younger generation here and few shops have the customer base to maintain a good ski inventory. My new Head Jimis will not be mounted here, but on my first Mammoth trip.
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Re: Where'd all the skis go?

Postby Admin » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:06 pm

Keep in mind, too that in the current economic climate a lot of manufacturers are slimming down their lines, not only within brands but also across commonly held brands, e.g. Rossignol/Dynastar, etc.

The Internet distribution channel has been one of the few bright spots for ski hardgoods over the past few seasons.

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