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mount yer own fucking skis..... ain’t that hard.
I get where your heart is at. I feel the same way. There are a number of independent local ski shops near me in coastal NH. I've tried like hell to support them, but all of them have let me down in one way or another over the years. Mounting failures, boot fitting incompetence, bad tunes, you name it. And I'm 90 minutes from prime ski country in NH, so you'd think the shop quality would be decent. They aren't. The one I liked and supported the most in part because the owner is a long time head, I had a heart to heart with him a few years ago. He basically said he doesn't have the staff experience or tools to offer the level of service someone like me wants and that he'll never be a highly technical shop like you'll find in the resort towns like Stowe, North Conway, Killington etc. His primary business is convenience for mid level recreational skiers, but stocks some higher end gear because there's a lot of wealth in the area and some of those rec skiers have it and aren't afraid to spend it even though they ski groomers at Loon ten days a season.i feel somewhat burnt today for sure, but the very existence of an independent ski shop here always has made me happy. and this isn't in manhattan, or even hip brooklyn. its in bay ridge by the verrazano bridge. its a family business in a working class part of brooklyn that has been there for decades. its the exact kind of business i like to support. theyve mounted skis for me before with no issues. this was a bad incident and i think a shop who deals with more skiers like me/us and equipment like mine/ours would have had a better outcome, but i'm still glad they are there and won't stop using them for more standard fare.
i'll continue going to them, because my other local options are REI and Paragon, which are giant stores staffed by transient teenagers. at least at the bay ridge shop its been the same guys working there for years.
Have you lived in Florida?
How long have you live in nyc?
You don’t know what you’re talking about!
mount yer own f'ing skis..... ain’t that hard.