This discussion was in the Sugarbush thread and actually warrants its own conversation. I have been reading about some cut backs with Ski manufactures to allow bloated inventories to be diminished. The article in the link below discusses this. March and April are big months for off loading inventory prior to new gear arriving but the sales during those months were low to non existent especially with brick and mortar stores. We took advantage of sales in March and got great deals on boots but they do not seem to translate into now - not sure why.
I was talking to Alpine options today. They are saying that the manufacturers are cutting down on what they produce and ship for winter goods. So If you plan to buy something for this winter, you better do it now before the small stock they get is gone.
Seems strange to cut production since outdoor goods have been selling out. I wonder if they’ve determined that restricted access to ski areas will cut demand?
That very well may be the case. I can't speak to why but I know that it is happening.